Renewable energy

Cables and powerlines

The energy grid and associated infrastructure is being renewed and expanded as part of the ongoing energy transition. This includes expanding the network to new wind and solar farms and renewing and extending high-voltage powerlines, underground cables and pipelines, on land and at sea. We study the ecological effects of this infrastructure and advise on preventative and mitigation measures. We even look for opportunities to enhance biodiversity to benefit both wildlife and people.

High-voltage powerlines can have negative impacts on birds and bats through collisions and/or displacement. Gas and oil pipelines and electricity cables laid at sea can cause disturbance during the construction phase, and electromagnetic fields can have impacts on benthic life, including sharks and rays.

High-voltage powerlines

Since 2007, Waardenburg Ecology has been studying the flight behaviour of birds and bats around above-ground powerlines. We advise on practical solutions to preventing negative effects on wildlife, such as the use of various line markings. We have knowledge on the effectiveness of different markers for diiferent species and can advise on where these should be applied.

Transport networks at sea

Integrating transport networks into the ecology of the seabed is essential for minimising any negative effects on marine life. Hard substrate is often applied to reinforce cabling or pipelines, yet the right materials and positioning is essential for preserving biodiversity. We have years of experience of marine ecology and biodiversity enhancement and even have professionally certified divers amongst our marine ecology team.