The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment At Aalborg University
The project aims to increase social acceptance of renewable energy projects through improvements in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process by enabling dialogue and including communities in the process.
This project aims at improving practices to increase the local acceptance of renewable energy projects, based on the Danish experience that the transition to renewable energy is increasingly challenged by local opposition to e.g. wind turbines and biogas plants. It focuses on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), which is a central arena for dialogue and conflicts concerning renewable energy projects, and thus a valuable tool to improve. The project is based on understanding that social impacts are central to the conflicts, but so far have not played a very significant role in EIA reports and processes. The project seeks to understand these issues and propose recommendations for an improved EIA practice. Project partners include: The Department of Wind Energy at The Technical University of Denmark and the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.