Renewable energy

Energy transition

Across the world, the energy transition is underway. The move away from fossil fuels to renewables, such as wind and solar, provides opportunities for wildlife, but without the right knowledge it may also have negative impacts. Waardenburg Ecology has a strong involvement in research into the effects of renewables on wildlife and advises developers and governments on opportunities and solutions.

The switch to electricity increases the demand for clean electricity. At the same time, many countries are striving to achieve the goals of the climate strategy of becoming climate-neutral by 2050.

Solar and wind farms

Sustainable energy from the wind and sun is essential for achieving the goals of the climate strategy and the European Green Deal. We have been investigating the effects of wind farms on wildlife, both on land and at sea, for more than 30 years. We also advise on making solar farms wildlife friendy and investigate the effects of floating solar panels on underwater life.

Energy infrastructure

All sustainably-generated electricity goes via national high-voltage grids to industry and consumers. Since 2016, we have been advising TenneT, the Dutch national grid operator, on the ecological effects of the high-voltage network, such as collisions of birds and bats. Our broad expertise across the field of energy transition is unique within the Netherlands and highly valued internationally! We advise on environmental impact assessments and research the effectiveness of different types of wire markings to reduce bird strikes. At sea, we study the effects of electromagnetic fields from cables in the seabed on marine fauna.