This session will discuss the impacts and opportunities brought about by the transition to low-carbon energy for natural capital and ecosystem services of hosting ecosystems. Presentations will cover bioenergy, wind energy and solar energy, and highlight potential land use conflicts and synergies between renewable energies, food production and environmental conservation.
Authors will showcase a variety of approaches to tackle these issues, including numerical modelling, in situ collection of empirical data and the valuation of ecosystem services. Studies will cover a wide geographical area, ranging from global scale analyses to regional and local studies in North America and Europe, and include a diverse range of ecosystems, from temperate grasslands to deserts and aquatic ecosystems.
This session should equip attendees with a broad overview of the energy-food-water-environment nexus, as well as provide more nuanced perspectives of the environmental implications of land use change for renewable energies.
The video links below provide a broad introduction to the session topic. The first covers the need and potential to embed positive ecological outcomes into energy systems decarbonisation, featuring industry and policy experts, as well as leading scientists in the field. The second showcases an educational field visit to a solar farm in England to engage school children in the climate and ecological emergencies through experiential learning. It also features short discussions of the broad environmental implications of solar energy development by researchers and policy experts.
Video links [please copy and paste the URL onto your browser]
Sustainable Energy Transition (7 min) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUJJ7yRMOo]
Scientists, Children and Solar Energy: Lessons on the Climate and Ecological Crises (9 min) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpmphQUuV74]