Review on renewable energies and ecosystem service impacts

Are hydropower plants impacting natural hazard protection? How far windmills impact bird and bats populations? Does the use of forest biomass impact the recreational value of forests? Do ground mounted photovoltaic installations seal soil surfaces? A scientific literature review adresses these and many other questions on ecosystem service impacts of renewable energy sources. This review was rechently […]

About Richard Hastik

As a geographer it is interesting to be confronted with different views regarding the balance between preservation and use of natural resources in the Alps. _Richard Hastik, assisting in questions regarding ecosystem services and situation analysis

Register now: “Energy and nature in the Alps: a balancing act” – final conference of the project

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Renewable energy | No Comments

The Alps have great potential for the use of renewable energy, but energy production and use also increases pressures on nature. The project looks at the trade-offs between the costs and benefits of renewable energy use. In particular, the project looks at impacts of energy production on ecosystem services. The goal is to achieve […]

Does the use of forest biomass for energy affect sustainability? Evidences from an experts´ survey

A development project may be evaluated as sustainable if it is able to conciliate the three spheres of sustainability: environment, society and economy. Environmental sustainability can be defined as “a condition of balance, resilience, and interconnectedness that allows human society to satisfy its needs while neither exceeding the capacity of its supporting ecosystems to continue […]

About Gianluca Grilli

Gianluca Grilli has an Ms in environmental economics. He is a PhD student in environmental engineering at the University of Trento, Italy. He works as a researcher at the Institute of Renewable Energy at Eurac. His main research interests are ecosystem services evaluation and management, GIS modeling and applied econometrics.

Whither the windmills?

How much potential is there for wind and solar power in the Alps? That depends in large part on the extent and stringency of protected areas, according to the latest model results from researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) for the project. Areas in the Alps fall under a number […]

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the project.

The Spatial Decision Support System

The Spatial Decision Support System What is it the renewable energy potential in the Triglav Park (Slovenia), in the Mae and Mis Valley (north of Italy), in Leiblachtal (Voralberg) or in the Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime (north-west of Italy)? What is the impact on habitats for plants and animals? In order to answer to […]

About Giulia Garegnani

Giulia Garegnani is an Environmental Engineering at European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano, in the north east of Italy. EURAC researchers are working on the renewable energy potential and the trade-off between production and ecosystem services.