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COP27 side event: Efficient planning of RES and grids as a key tool in addressing the climate & biodiversity crises

On the 16th of November 2022, RGI and NABU co-hosted a side event at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. "Efficient planning of RES and grids as a key tool in addressing the climate & biodiversity crises" was discussed in a panel with perspectives from the wind energy industry and European and international nature conservation agencies.

RGI's COP27 side event with the Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) is titled 'Efficient planning of RES and grids as a key tool in addressing the climate & biodiversity crises' and centred around the question of how the inclusion of biodiversity - and specifically sensitivity mapping - into spatial planning processes can ensure safe siting and speed up the deployment of renewable generation and electricity grids.

Our keynote speakers from NABU and the Convention on Migratory Species discussed the importance of integrating biodiversity and shared strategic approaches that show how to practically implement related practices, in particular in the context of wind farm and grid development. Their inputs were followed by a panel that will debate how biodiversity-conscious energy infrastructure planning can be achieved along with the additional task of jointly planning generation and transmission infrastructure. The panel also discussed how this will scale and speed up deployment of RES and electricity grids as well as contribute to addressing the climate and biodiversity crises.

All side events were streamed live here on YouTube on the UN Climate Change - Events' channel. Watch the recording of our event on its dedicated page here.

For more information or in case of questions, please get in touch with stephanie@renewables-grid.eu.

Recording

Watch the video recording of our event:

Agenda

The event took place from 18:30-20:00 EET (17:30-19:00 CET) in the Amon room (capacity: 150)

18:30-18:35

Welcome and setting the scene

  • Antonella Battaglini | CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative
 

18:35-18:50

Keynote: How to improve RES and grid planning by including biodiversity

  • Jörg Andreas Krüger | President, NABU
 

18:50-19:05

Keynote: Ensuring best practice is promoted in energy planning: the case of the CMS Energy Task Force

  • Iván Ramírez | Head of Avian Team at the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS)

19:10-19:55

Moderated panel discussion: How to implement integrated RES and grid planning using sensitivity mapping

  • Jutta Paulus | MEP, Greens
  • Rob McDonald | Managing Director Transmission, Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Jörg Andreas Krüger | President, NABU
  • Iván Ramírez | Head of Avian Team at the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS)
Moderated by Antonella Battaglini | CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative

19:55-20:00

Wrap up & Outlook

  • Antonella Battaglini | CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative
 

Event photos

Contact

Stephanie Bätjer
Programme Manager – Communication

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stephanie[at]renewables-grid.eu

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