Renewables in nature conservation monitoring

Project title: Monitoring the expansion of renewable energies in the power sector with respect to nature conservation, and developing instruments to reduce the negative effects on nature and landscape


  • What can we learn from the expansion of renewable energies over the last 25 years?
  • Recommendations for action for the future expansion plan


Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research UFZ
Bioenergy Department
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Daniela Thrän
Tel.: +49 341 235-1267



FKZ 3515 82 2700
Departmental research plan 2015
Term: 01.08.2015 – 31.12.2018

The project fills the gap of a missing overall view of the effects of the expansion of renewable energies on nature and landscape since 1991. The research project will examine the impact of the expansion of renewable energies on the natural resources covered by the Federal Nature Conservation Act over the last 25 years. By analysing these dynamics it may be possible to derive information to avoid undesirable developments in future. The key aim of the project is to provide a meaningful national monitoring instrument.

A monitoring system that describes the nature conservation impacts of the construction and operation of renewable energies needs to aim for a comprehensive view. This means that, as far as possible, the entire nexus of

  • Energy consumption
  • (Renewable) energy generation
  • Adverse effects on nature and landscape and
  • The reaction of government and society

needs to be taken into account. There is a causal link between the elements of energy consumption, (renewable) energy generation and energy plant-related conflicts. Any conflicts detected must be kept under continuous observation in order to identify negative trends in good time and to develop adaptation strategies which might also require political countermeasures. In view of this the monitoring concept was designed with three levels: target system monitoring – conflict monitoring – governance monitoring (see figure).


Work packages

Work packages

  1. Preparing and publishing basic data for specific forms of renewable energy
  2. Deriving a monitoring system taking account of nature conservation interactions and the statutory and administrative control framework.
  3. Deriving recommendations for action

Project partners

Project partners

Project management

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research UFZ
Bioenergy Department
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Daniela Thrän
Tel.: +49 341 235-1267

Project coordination

Nora Mittelstädt
Tel.: +49 341 2434 600

Project partners

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research UFZ
Department of Conservation Biology
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig
Dr. Reinhard Klenke
Tel.: +49 341 235 1651

DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH
Torgauer Str. 116, 04347 Leipzig
Mattes Scheftelowitz
Tel.: +49 341 2434-592

Leipziger Institut für Energie GmbH (IE)
Lessingstr. 2, 04109 Leipzig
Matthias Reichmuth
Tel.: +49 341 22 47 62-25

Bosch und Partner GmbH
Kantstr. 63 a, 10627 Berlin
Dr. Wolfgang Peters
Tel.: +49 30 609 88 44-61

Ingenieurbüro Floecksmühle GmbH
Bachstr. 62-64, 52066 Aachen
Rita Keuneke
Tel.: +49 241 94986-47

Funding authority

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
FG II 4.3 Nature conservation and renewable energies
Alte Messe 6, 04103 Leipzig
Jens Ponitka
Tel.: +49 341 30977 169

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