Climate change and biodiversity loss are strictly interconnected: climate change is a relevant driver of biodiversity loss on one side and biodiversity loss worsens the climate crisis on the other side. In order to reach the target of limiting the global warming to 1.5°C, CO2 emissions have to be cut in half by 2030. This goal can be achieved by increasing the growth of the renewable energies that needs to be managed to avoid biodiversity loss (e.g. habitat fragmentation). Indeed, renewable plants can contribute to the potential enhancement of biodiversity and restoration of ecosystems within the infrastructure matrix, as for example, providing refuges for specific animals (e.g. fish, mammals).
This Challenge has to be considered in this framework, investigating solutions and strategies that will allow EGP plants to be more sustainable in the energy transition scenario through adequate management interventions enabling the biosphere resilience to climate change, identifying the hotspots of vulnerability and resilience of the ecosystems. The following links describe representative examples of existing EGP plants and initiatives aimed at preserving biodiversity.
Enel Green Power is looking for new tools and techniques, enabling strategies aimed at improving the environmental sustainability and biodiversity preservation of its renewable installations, as photovoltaic plants both on land and floating, wind farms and/or hydroelectric plants. These solutions could be applied at all stages throughout a project’s life cycle, from early design, through the construction, operations and the decommissioning for new and existing plants.
The proposals should include technological and non-technological solutions for the improvement of habitat management and protection of flora and fauna wildlife, avian, terrestrial and aquatic, aiming at the development and the enhancement of eco-system services and of biodiversity restoration. Solutions will have to identify the most suitable conditions for the co-existence of renewable power generation plants and healthy ecosystems, avoiding, e.g.: habitat fragmentation, exotic and invasive species introduction and/or creating more resilient habitat for some species, as pollinator-friendly ones. This list is not exhaustive and the proposals could address additional mitigation actions to restore and preserve biodiversity.
As mentioned above, EGP has initiated pilot crop cultivation projects to pollinate plants with bees. Pollinator-friendly proposals are welcome provided that they introduce distinctive and innovative aspects as compared to conventional pollinator-friendly solutions.
Submissions should address the following Solution Requirements:
The proposed solutions must:
Not interfere with the plant operations and maintenance activities;
Be based on sustainable principles, guaranteeing a circular approach by reducing the environmental and ecological footprint.
Moreover, your proposed solution could be carried out and implemented with other stakeholders (non-profit organizations, Universities, Research Centres, etc.) creating shared value for them and promoting a common, forward-looking vision for overcoming fragmentation in biodiversity research, in accordance with local communities and institutions.
The submitted proposal should at least include the following documentation:
A detailed technical description and explanation of a solution that can meet the above Solution Requirements;
A quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the relationship among direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of the proposed solution on biodiversity preservation;
Evaluation of the impact also in terms of circular economy goals, if any;
Costs and benefits;
Identification of potential risks or eventual constraints, if any;
Data, case studies, patents and journal references or any additional material that supports the proposed solution.
The proposal should not include any personal identifying information (name, username, company, address, phone, email, personal website, resume, etc.) or any information the Solvers may consider as their Intellectual Property they do not want to share.