Valuing Alpine ecosystems: The recharge.green project will help decision-makers to reconcile renewable energy production and biodiversity conservation in the Alps

Svadlenak-Gomez K, Badura M, Kraxner F, Fuss S, Vettorato D, & Walzer C (2013). Valuing Alpine ecosystems: The recharge.green project will help decision-makers to reconcile renewable energy production and biodiversity conservation in the Alps. eco.mont 5 (1): 51-54. DOI:10.1553/eco.mont-5-1s59.

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Abstract

Anthropogenic climate change threatens the global environment, including biodiversity, and with it continued human welfare. The European Union aims to increase its share of renewable energy (RE) to 20% by 2020 in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing energy security and providing opportunities for economic development. The Alpine region is expected to contribute significantly to RE expansion. The trade-offs between potential gains and losses, especially for biodiversity, from new RE developments are rarely fully considered even though biodiversity loss has significant economic costs for society. The EU Alpine Space recharge.green project develops tools to evaluate the RE carrying capacity of the biodiversity-rich Alpine ecosystems. The tools will aid in the analysis of siting decisions and in weighing up costs and benefits to enable rational energy implementation decisions. The developed tools will be tested in five pilot regions in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Renewable energy; Biodiversity conservation; Ecosystem services; Economic valuation; Trade-offs; Alpine ecosystems
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Bibliographic Reference: eco.mont; 5(1):51-54 (June 2013)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 14:16
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10424

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