Issues and aims of this project

The research and development project "Supporting knowledge management on energy transition: requirements from a nature conservation's point of view" is funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Agency for Nature and Conservation. The NABU coordinates a regular exchange with other environmental organizations at the federal level and with an advising group of researcher and stakeholders with practical experience about how the German energy transition can be organised in an environmentally friendly way.

If the energy transition in Germany is to be continued, wind energy and photovoltaic will increasingly replace electricity so far produced by large nuclear or fossil power plants. This development would reduce enormous risks both to human beings and the environment as well as secure Germany´s ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and thus mitigate global climate change. With a share of about 12 per cent of the total final energy consumption in Germany in 2012 it becomes also visible that renewable energies have already been established on a large scale as a new form of land use. Therefore we should have a closer look on possible green-green conflicts especially from a nature conservation´s and species protection´s perspective.

In the future renewable energies will change our landscapes to a higher extent. Therefore we have to deal with the effects on biodiversity. The web platform www.energiewende-naturvertraeglich.de will help to provide inevitable information on the effects and how to cope with them especially in terms of minimizing and avoiding them.

The information gathered here is intended to help with the complex task to evaluate these effects and limit the negative impacts on nature. The cooperation of different environmental organisations within this project aims to support and implement an ecologically compatible and reliable approach to a successful energy transition in Germany.