Energyscape – new complementary study as part of the National Research Programme "Energy Turnaround" (NRP 70)

The photo shows a wind power plant in the Canton of Lucerne.

Complementary studies enlarge upon key questions of NRP 70 and 71. The complementary study "Energyscape" examines the effects of renewable energy systems on the landscape and their acceptance among the population.

​Planning security that is based on a legal foundation increases the trust and social acceptance of the interventions in the landscape which are required for the transformation of the energy system. At the same time, the perceived effects of renewable energy systems on the landscape have a major influence on whether a corresponding construction project is rejected or supported.

The complementary study "Energyscape" headed by Adrienne Grêt-Regamey at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development at ETH Zurich examines the shaping of public opinion on the effects of different renewable energy systems on the landscape.

Using virtual visual-acoustic simulations, study participants form an opinion for or against the associated interventions. Physiological and cognitive measurements of a series of indicators for assessing the landscape quality enable the evaluation of the possible acceptance of these effects.

Based on these results, recommendations for the prioritisation of energy systems in various landscapes in Switzerland are formulated. These recommendations are used as a basis for an energy sectoral plan. Thus potential obstacles and resistance, which are often motivated by landscape considerations, should already be taken into account at an early development stage of a sectoral plan. In addition, together with various key players, recommendations are derived in order to speed up implementation and therefore ensure the competitiveness of the Swiss energy providers.

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Prof. Dr. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey ETH Zürich
Institut für Raum- u. Landschaftsentwicklung
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5 8093 Zürich +41 44 633 46 88