In order to promote an energy transition that is sensitive to environmental concerns, NABU’s project on power grids and nature conservation aims at intensifying the participation of conservation organisations in grid projects through a variety of engagement and communication activities.
In order to enable grid development that is genuinely nature friendly, authorities, conservationists and the energy industry have to be interconnected and communicate appropriately. NABU holds the belief that delays or lawsuits from conservationists can be avoided by integrating them in the project discussions, creating a collaborative process of joint decision making.
The project revolved around a set of collaborative communication activities, which included the writing of guidance papers on nature conservation and grids, the hosting of collaborative workshops, the hosting of information seminars and excursions and the publication of factsheets. Active participants included nature and environmental associations, TSOs, planning authorities, scientists, local politicians, as well as the general public.
The seminars and workshops, each of them accompanied by a field trip, looked to both garner input and educate, receiving very positive feedback from participants. TSOs have recognized the potential to gain from the input of such activities and to effectively implement thorough, prudent and transparent grid project planning.