EU renewable energy policies, global biodiversity, and the UN SDGs - an interactive participatory approach

We are excited to showcase our work identifying the impacts of EU renewable energy policies on biodiversity and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, through a participatory process of knowledge synthesis. Understanding the diverse environmental and social effects of different types of renewable energy is crucial to ensure a just transition. There is evidence for impacts including habitat loss and food insecurity, with spillovers beyond the EU territorial boundaries.

The session will present the context of the EKLIPSE (H2020) request for the synthesis of available information on how EU renewable energy policies affect biodiversity and the SDGs. We answered this question through a Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping approach where experts created conceptual models, which were integrated into a single model of their combined knowledge. We identify which SDGs are most affected, the balance of these impacts, and essential pathways mediating these interactions.

Participants will be guided to engage with the complex visualization model created. Using Gephi, they will explore the nodes in the network, representing key concepts in the system, and their connections. Starting with the relevant policies and the technologies they support, the participants will see how these lead to downstream effects on biodiversity and the SDGs at the global scale.


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Science- UFZ Leipzig / EKLIPSE
Research Associate
University of East Anglia/EKLIPSE