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