Prof. Dr Christina von Haaren (Leibniz University of Hanover), Christoph Heinrich from WWF Germany, Prof. Dr Wolfgang Köck (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ), Thorsten Müller (Stiftung Umweltenergierecht) and Dr Gerd Rosenkranz (Agora Energiewende Foundation) discussed where the areas required for the expansion of wind energy use should be located, how nature conservation concerns can be adequately taken into account at an early stage, and what role the federal government should play. Among the topics discussed were findings from research projects commissioned by the BfN, which show how a conservation-oriented distribution of the amount of land needed for the expansion of wind energy use can be carried out throughout Germany.
The federal government's coalition agreement stipulates that the federal government will develop legal instruments to ensure that an average of 2 percent of the state's land is made available for wind energy use. The discussion about the spatial distribution of these areas has thus become more topical.
Information on the projects:
EE 100 – Nature-friendly energy supply from 100 % renewable energies 2050
EE100 konkret – Specifying starting points for an environmentally compatible design of the energy transition, with a view to strategic levers
Regional simulation game EE – Regional simulation game for the environmentally compatible spatial distribution of renewable energy production in example regions
RE scenarios: Expansion scenarios for renewable energies from a nature conservation viewpoint