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Wingspan 2024: Partnerships for a bird-friendly energy transition

Join us Brussels from 15 – 17 October 2024 for the inaugural edition of Wingspan, a new biennial conference for a nature-positive energy transition. This year, we are showcasing partnerships between electricity grid operators, renewables developers and operators, and environmental civil society – and fostering an environment for new partnerships to be born.

Join RGI, TB Raab, and Elia group in Brussels from 15 to 17 October for 'Wingspan 2024: Partnerships for a bird-friendly energy transition'. This conference will be the first in a series of biennial conferences for conservationists, scientists, grid operators, renewable developers, and government representatives to share strategies and solutions for a nature-positive energy transition. Topics designed for an international audience will cover recent scientific knowledge, state-of-the-art conservation strategies, and nature-inclusive technological innovations.

The urgency of scaling up the deployment of renewable energy and grid infrastructure to deliver green, decarbonised energy to consumers cannot be overstated. However poorly planned and designed energy infrastructure can have a negative impact on biodiversity, with avian species particularly impacted. Moreover, international initiatives like the CMS Energy Task Force and agreements such as the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds emphasize integrating migratory species conservation into the energy sector and implementing protective measures. Furthermore, the success of the energy transition relies on effective prevention and mitigation measures of the environmental impacts, aligning with global commitments taken at COP28.

In this context, Wingspan 2024 will demonstrate that collaborative efforts among environmental organisations, the renewables industry, and grid operators can safeguard vulnerable avian species from potential impacts. Get your tickets for two full days (15 – 16 October) of expert presentations, panel discussions, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. For those wishing to fly further, we are offering several optional side activities with limited capacity – get your tickets early to secure your place:

  • Evening networking dinner (14 October) for participants to get to know each other and engage with the conference topics in a relaxed and informal setting.

  • Workshop (16 October) for grid operators and civil society to discuss advocacy principles for a bird-friendly electricity grid in Europe, endorsed by the conservation community.

  • Field trip (17 October) to a site in Belgium where industry and civil society collaboratively implement best practices in bird protection

Get your tickets for Wingspan 2024 to sign up for any of these optional activities. Space is limited, so sign up today!


Additional Info

Wingspan 2024 will take place at Flagey, Place Sainte-Croix, 1050 Bruxelles.

Subject to availability, civil society (non-profit, NGO) participants may request partial financial assistance for travel and accommodation costs. Purchases must be made not later than 60 days before the start of Wingspan 2024 (15 August 2024) to qualify for reimbursement.

Wingspan 2024 is organised within the framework of the SafeLines4Birds, LIFE EUROKITE, and LIFE Great Bustard projects. 

For any questions or enquiry, please get in touch with Manon Quetstroey.


Call for Abstracts

Wingspan 2024 offers the opportunity for anyone working on the topic of bird protection alongside electricity and renewable energy infrastructure to present their work to a wider audience. This is a great opportunity to share successes, challenges and receive expert feedback.

Therefore, members of civil society, renewables energy developpers, grid operators, scientists and conservationists are welcome to submit an abstract to present their research, projects, or innovations in bird protection along electricity infrastructure. You will be able to present your work in a form of posters and all inputs will be delivered in English.

We invite those interested in presenting their work to submit their English-language, 400-word abstract to our colleague from TB Raab, Hannah Böing at hannah.boeing@tbraab.at with the subject “Wingspan Abstract Submission – [Your Name].”

We welcome your abstract until 15 July 2024. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after.


Contact

Manon Quetstroey
Manager - Energy and Nature

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t: +49 30 2332 11034
manon[at]renewables-grid.eu

Jessica Higgins
Junior Manager - Onshore Energy and Nature

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t: +49 30 2332 11049
jessica[at]renewables-grid.eu

RGI gratefully acknowledges the EU LIFE funding support:

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