The Energy Futures project
Climate change is one of the greatest long-term threats to wildlife. We must act now to avoid the worst impacts on wildlife and people.
- To assess the potential energy output from a range of renewable energy technologies using GIS mapping techniques, taking into account available resource and constraints on deployment and ecological sensitivity.
- To use the DECC 2050 Calculator to develop and compare a range of scenarios for meeting the UK's climate targets with low ecological risk, taking into account other considerations such as cost and energy security.
- To develop evidence-based policy recommendations which will ensure the ecological risks of meeting our 2050 emissions target are better understood, nature protection is treated as a key driver in energy policy decisions and potential harmful impacts to the natural environment are minimised in the UK's low carbon transition.
- The RSPB's 2050 Energy Vision report was launched at twin events in London and Edinburgh on 24 May, 2016, to present the project's research and recommendations, and to initiate a debate on how the UK can meet its climate targets in harmony with nature.
- The methods used in the project for mapping opportunities, constraints and ecological sensitivities for a range of onshore and offshore renewable technologies have been peer-reviewed and published in a scientific journal (PLoS ONE).
- Please see the reports from the Energy Futures project in the Downloads section below
- Gove B, Williams LJ, Beresford AE, Roddis P, Campbell C, et al. (2016) Reconciling Biodiversity Conservation and Widespread Deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies in the UK. PLOS ONE 11(5): e0150956.
Meeting the UK's climate targets in harmony with nature. Date: 20 May 2016. PF, 1.88Mb.The RSPB's 2050 Energy Vision - Summary report
Recommendations for achieving low carbon energy in harmony with nature in the UK Date: 20 May 2016. PDF, 3.36Mb.RSPB's 2050 Energy Vision - Summary of recommendations
Recommendations for achieving low carbon energy in harmony with nature in Scotland. Date: 20 May 2016. PDF, 3.52Mb.RSPB Scotland's 2050 Energy Vision - Summary of recommendations
Meeting the UK's climate targets in harmony with nature Date: 20 May 2016. PDF, 7.25Mb.The RSPB's 2050 Energy Vision - Technical report