Laboratory for the Analysis of Places, Landscapes and European Countryside
Laplec - Service de Géographie rurale de l'Université de Liège

Projets de recherche - Research projects

2014 - 2018 : Renewable Energy and Landscape QualitY


In response to climate change, limited fossil fuels, and rising energy demand and prices, renewable energy is heavily promoted throughout Europe. While objectives to boost renewable energy and trans-European energy networks are ambitious, it is increasingly understood that public acceptance becomes a constraining factor, and general support for green energy does not always translate into local support for specific projects. Perceived landscape change and loss of landscape quality have featured heavily in opposition campaigns in many European countries, even though renewable energy can facilitate sustainable development, especially in disadvantaged regions rich in wind, water, biomass, geothermal or solar energy.

This Action investigates the inter-relationships between renewable energy production and landscape quality, and the role of public participation for the acceptance of renewable energy systems. The Action will develop a better understanding of how landscape protection and management, and renewable energy deployment can be reconciled to contribute socio-environmentally to the sustainable transformation of energy systems. This Action will consolidate and extend knowledge from a pan-European perspective using a modular methodological framework. This Action will enhance the science base for decision-making, and develop guidelines for public participation in planning renewable energy systems. The potential of sustainable landscape development, with innovative land uses producing synergies for landscape quality and renewable energy, will be revealed.


COST Action TU1401


Chair: Prof. Michael Roth (Nuertingen-Geislingen University)
Vice Chair: Dr. Sebastin Eiter (Norsk institutt for skog og landskap)


Prof. Dr. Serge Schmitz, Laplec (ULg)
Vincent Vanderheyden (Ulg)


  • Frantal Bohumil, Van der Horst Dan, Martinat Stanislas, Schmitz Serge, Teschner Na'ama, Silva Luis, Golobic Mojca, Roth Michael, 2018. Spatial targeting, synergies and scale: Exploring the criteria of smart practices for siting renewable energy projects, Energy Policy, 120, 85-93. Orbi
  • Roth Michael,  Eiter Sebastian,  Röhner Sina,  Kruse Alexandra, Schmitz Serge, Frantal Bohumil, Centeri Csaba, Frolova Marina, Buchecker Matthias,  Stober Dina,  Karan Isadora, Van der Horst Dan, 2018. Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality. Berlin : Jovis, 296p. Orbi



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