Energy & Biodiversity

The interaction between biodiversity and energy often becomes a trade-off issue, as energy production often involves land-use conflicts, environmental impacts and resource conflicts that can affect biodiversity conservation. Several research projects in Switzerland are currently addressing this trade-off issue, for example




These projects all aim to generate and prepare knowledge for practice and/or policy. In addition, the Swiss Academies of Sciences (SCNAT) are currently running a project on the topic of planning the expansion of renewable energies in a way that is compatible with biodiversity and the landscape.

The ZHAW has written a literature study on the specific effects of ground-mounted photovoltaic systems on biodiversity. The WSL recently published a fact sheet on the topic of energy transition: municipal and regional options for action.