Effects of renewable energy on landscape in Europe: Comparison of hydro, wind, solar, bio-, geothermal and infrastructure energy landscapes

  • Marina Frolova Department of Regional and Physical Geography and Institute for Regional Development, University of Granada, Granada, Spain https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4614-5809
  • Csaba Centeri Department of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, Institute of Nature Conservation and Landscape Management, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungary https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6590-4850
  • Karl Benediktsson Department of Geography and Tourism, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland, Iceland https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5383-9254
  • Marcel Hunziker Social Sciences in Landscape Research Group, Research Unit Economics and Social Sciences, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3435-8954
  • Robert Kabai Hunscapes Ltd., Budapest, Hungary
  • Alessandra Scognamiglio ENEA, Energy Technologies Department, Photovoltaics and Smart Devices Division, Innovative Devices Laboratory, Portici (NA), Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9816-4016
  • Georgios Martinopoulos School of Science and Technology, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9095-2210
  • Georgia Sismani Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Paulo Brito Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, Campus Politécnico, Portalegre, Portugal https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2581-4460
  • Emilio Muñoz-Cerón Department of Graphic Engineering, Design and Projects and Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy and Environment, University of Jaen, Jaén, Spain https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1499-3376
  • Mateusz Słupiński Centre for System Solutions, Wroclaw, Poland
  • Michela Ghislanzoni Territoria, AyGM SL, Seville, Spain https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5591-6065
  • Dominik Braunschweiger Regional Economics and Development Research Group, Research Unit Economics and Social Sciences, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0334-0030
  • Daniel Herrero-Luque Department of History, Geography and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Burgos, Burgos, Spain https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0683-8942
  • Michael Roth Nürtingen-Geislingen University, School of Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Urban Planning, Nürtingen, Germany
Keywords: landscape impacts, renewable energy, energy transition, landscape quality


Landscape quality has become a fundamental issue in the development of renewable energy (henceforth abbreviated RE) projects. Rapid technological advances in RE production and distribution, coupled with changing policy frameworks, bring specific challenges during planning in order to avoid degradation of landscape quality. The current work provides a comprehensive review on RE landscapes and the impacts of RE systems on landscape for most European countries. It is based on a review by an interdisciplinary international team of experts of empirical research findings on landscape impacts of RE from thirty-seven countries that have participated in the COST Action TU1401 Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (RELY).


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