Managing solar parks for nature

Managing solar parks for nature

Solar parks offer huge potential to address the UK’s biodiversity crisis, according to a report published last year. Once built they are quiet spaces, with little human activity, and so offer can offer a haven for nature to flourish.

Co-authors, Dr. Alona Armstrong from from the Lancaster Environment Centre and Energy Lancaster at Lancaster University, and Professor Piran White from the University of York, give an overview of the need to incorporate ecosystem co-benefits in the transition to clean energy.

They will explain how the concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital apply to solar parks. They will then provide a live demonstration of their Solar Parks Impact on Ecosystem Services (Spies) decision support tool, which helps planners, designers and owners of solar parks to maximise the biodiversity benefits of their installations.

“Short of setting aside land for conservation, solar parks arguably offer more potential than any other land use change to deliver much needed natural capital and ecosystem service benefits,’ says Alona.

Speaker

Prof. Piran White

Prof. Piran White York University Piran is Professor of Environmental Management at the University of York. He is Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre and former Director of the Natural Environment Research Council’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability research programme. His research focuses on the management of ecosystems to …

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Speaker

Dr. Alona Armstrong

Dr. Alona Armstrong Lancaster University Alona is a Senior Lecturer in Energy & Environmental Sciences and Deputy Director of Energy Lancaster at Lancaster University. Her research and innovation activities focus on developing understanding of the interactions between energy infrastructure and the environment. She uses this understanding to inform policy and …

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