new mapping instrument helps identification of go–to areas for renewables


According to the REPowerEU communication and the revised EU guidelines on renewable vitality revealed right this moment, EU Member States are required to map appropriate land and sea areas for renewable vitality undertaking. This implies designating ‘renewables go-to’ areas, and avoiding environmentally precious areas.

The Fee has made obtainable related datasets within the Power and Trade Geography Lab on-line platform to assist Member States in figuring out these go-to areas. This can assist in the speedy deployment of latest installations for the manufacturing of vitality from wind and photo voltaic renewable sources.

The platform was developed by the Joint Analysis Centre and launched in December 2021. It brings collectively a wealth of knowledge on related vitality, business and environmental components to assist infrastructure planning for the vitality transition.

The Power and Trade Geography Lab allows the administration and visualisation of spatial knowledge associated to our vitality, industrial, and different related infrastructure (for instance roads and ports), together with underlying baseline knowledge. The Power and Trade Geography Lab additionally hosts socio-economic data e.g. knowledge on employment, inhabitants and financial indicators and technical potential of renewables.

The Power and Trade Lab now additionally consists of EU-level knowledge on Natura 2000 websites, nationally designated protected areas, ecologically or biologically vital marine areas, essential fowl areas, key biodiversity areas, underwater noise, peatlands and wastewater remedy crops.

The instrument is meant as an enabling and empowering instrument to assist planning decisions by nationwide and regional authorities who could not in any other case have instant entry to those datasets. It seeks to enhance the related authorized framework by making obtainable data related to the implementation of current authorized obligations.

Within the coming months, extra data and knowledge might be added to help the identification of go-to areas.

The PVGIS Photovoltaic Geographical Data System instrument, developed and maintained by the Joint Analysis Centre, gives details about photo voltaic radiation and photvoltaic (PV) system efficiency for any location in Europe. Residents and installers can use it for an instantaneous evaluation of the potential to generate photo voltaic vitality on rooftops.

Background

In its communication of 8 March 2022 “REPowerEU: Joint European Motion for extra reasonably priced, safe and sustainable vitality” the Fee calls on Member States to swiftly map, assess, and guarantee appropriate land and sea areas which are obtainable for renewable vitality tasks. This must be consistent with their nationwide vitality and local weather plans, the contributions in direction of the revised 2030 renewable vitality goal and different components akin to the provision of sources, grid infrastructure, and the targets of the EU Biodiversity Technique. 

The ’renewables go-to areas’ are particular areas, whether or not on land or sea, notably appropriate for the set up of crops for the manufacturing of vitality from renewable sources, aside from biomass combustion crops, the place the deployment of a selected sort of renewable vitality isn’t anticipated to have vital environmental impacts.

This new instrument is one in all a number of developed by the JRC to assist the inexperienced transition. One different instance is the PVGIS Photovoltaic Geographical Data System instrument gives details about photo voltaic radiation and photvoltaic (PV) system efficiency for any location in Europe. Residents and installers can use it for an instantaneous evaluation of the potential to generate photo voltaic vitality on rooftops.



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