Mitigating biodiversity impacts associated with solar and wind energy development – Guidelines for project developers

Mitigating biodiversity impacts associated with solar and wind energy development – Guidelines for project developers

Organization

IUCN & The Biodiversity Consultancy

Type(s) of Tool

Guidelines

Sector(s)

Energy

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Strategic Planning, Project Planning, Concept Design, Detailed Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance, Decomissioning/Repurposing

Open Source

Yes

Language Availability

English

Country of Origin

Switzerland

Date of Development

2021

Description

The Guidelines provide practical support for solar and wind energy developments by effectively managing risks and improving overall outcomes related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. They are industry-focused and can be applied across the whole project development life cycle, from early planning through to decommissioning and repowering, using the mitigation hierarchy as a clear framework for planning and implementation. The mitigation hierarchy is applied to direct, indirect and cumulative impacts. An in-document Annex contains 33 case studies across the three technologies, and an additional separate annex provides additional resources to mitigate impacts associated with solar and wind energy.

Tool Outcome

Solar and wind projects developers are able to manage biodiversity impacts by applying the mitigation hierarchy across all project phases. Policymakers and investors are also aware of how they can support mainstreaming of biodiversity mitigation practices in the renewable energy sector.

Case Studies

Case studies can be found in Annex 2 of the Guidelines.

Contact Information

biobiz@iucn.org