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Energy Change Impact
The WSL Research Program “Energy Change Impact” supports decision-making related to the implementation of the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 with research-based information and scenarios. The Program collaborates with partners from environmental and energy research, and is in regular contact with policy-makers.
The energy transition (Energy Change) decided on by the Swiss government requires a profound restructuring of today’s energy system including energy production, distribution and consumption. This restructuring entails both risks and opportunities for the environment and society. As a consequence, decision-makers need to have access to sound information about the anticipated impacts of the energy transition on particular ecosystem services.
WSL will collaborate with partners from research and practice to capitalize on its interdisciplinary expertise and to develop methods and tools to:
The energy transition entails risks and potential conflicts to do with nature and landscape conservation, and climate and water protection. Here WSL research can assist in:
When planning the energy transition, sound information about the environmental and landscape risks entailed and the societal acceptance of new energy systems is needed to identify potential areas of conflicts. These can then be addressed or even prevented, which will normally shorten the implementation time required and the total cost of the new energy system.
For thematic development and enhanced coordination, the Research Program ‚Energy Change Impact’ launched working groups in the field of „Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Large Energy Research Programmes“, „oikose“, „Social Acceptance of Energy Infrastructure“ and „Energy Research in the Alps“. More
The Research Program "Energy Change Impact" fosters knowledge exchange between various players in the field of energy research and organizes inter- and transdisciplinary workshops. More
Gurung A, Borsdorf A, Füreder L, Kienast F, Matt P, Scheidegger C, Schmocker L,
Zappa M, Volkart K (2016). Rethinking
Pumped Storage Hydropower in the European Alps. Mountain Research and
Development 36(2):222-232. Link
Björnsen Gurung A, Borsdorf A, Füreder L, Kienast F, Matt P, Scheidegger C, Schmocker L, Zappa M, Volkart K (2016). Alpine Pumpspeicherung – Quo vadis? Wasser Energie Luft 108:195-201. PDF
Egli T, Bolliger J, Kienast F (2017). Evaluating ecosystem service trade-offs with wind electricity production in Switzerland. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 67:863-875. PDF
Forschungsanstalt WSL (2016). WSL-Magazin
Diagonal ‘Strom ohne Atom: Wie kriegen wir die Kurve?’ 2/2016. 36 S. PDF
WSL (2016). Energieholz und
Waldbiodiversität: Synergien suchen und Konflikte meiden. WSL Bericht 41.
52 S. PDF
F, Huber N, Hergert N, Bolliger J, Segura Moran L, Hersperger AM (2016). Conflicts between decentralized renewable
electricity production and landscape services. Renewable and Sustainable
Energy Reviews 67:397-407. Link