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Climate and energy

In 2030, 70% of Dutch energy must be renewable, as agreed in the Climate Agreement. That is why investments in wind and solar energy on land and at sea are substantial. Wageningen University & Research is investigating the opportunities for integrating wind turbines and solar panels into the landscape in a nature-friendly manner. We are also looking at the impact of (the extraction of) both renewable and fossil fuels on the ecosystem and how ecological effects can be mitigated.

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    Solar energy

    To achieve the objectives of the Climate Agreement, the Dutch government is investing heavily in solar energy, among other things. This is reflected in a large increase in solar parks, in particular on agricultural land, often aimed at maximising energy yield. To do this in a sustainable and nature-inclusive way, Wageningen University & Research has developed the Solar Research Programme.

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    Wind energy

    The large-scale development of offshore wind farms in the North Sea has far-reaching consequences for both nature and spatial planning, and therefore for all North Sea users. There are still many knowledge gaps for the government, wind energy sector, nature conservation organisations and the fishing and aquaculture sectors.

    Researchers from Wageningen University & Research are also developing knowledge and techniques for minimising effects on nature in onshore wind turbines. This protects foraging areas of vulnerable birds and bats, and prevents economic damage for wind energy suppliers.

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    Offshore oil and gas extraction

    Offshore oil and gas extraction: what effect does it have on the nature of coast & sea? And what to do with discarded oil and gas platforms? Wageningen University & Research investigates ecological effects, but also opportunities for new nature around oil and gas platforms at sea.

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