Save the date for the final conference

Jan 15, 2015

The international conference for will take place in Sonthofen, Germany on 20-21 May 2015. It is aimed at decision makers, representatives of administrations, energy companies, NGOs and anyone else interested in the topic to see and discuss the results of the project. The conference programme will be made available at early in 2015. >>

Three new testimonials of decision-makers from Italy and France now online as short video messages

Sep 25, 2014

Christophe Bougault-Grosset, the deputy mayor of the municipality Megève in France and responsible for sports, environment, hiking trails and slopes, looks back at the project in his municipality. Megève is situated in the pilot area of the Northern French Alps where the hydroelectric potential is being explored. Megève owns a turbine which produces energy from surplus water of the drinking water reservoir. >>

Why are scenarios so important for energy policy?

Jun 25, 2014

As a partner in the project, IIASA’s role is to provide modelling tools and support the project consortium in the development of scenarios that can help define possible futures. Scenarios are a valuable tool for researchers and policymakers to come to optimal solutions in places where there are many factors driving a decision, some of which may conflict with each other. >>

A view into the future of energy

Jun 25, 2014

When politicians decide on future uses of renewable energy in the Alps, there are consequences: For nature, if new plants have a negative impact on protected areas; for energy production costs, if new plants can only be built far from settlements. Scenarios help to compare different possible paths, and what their consequences might be.Members of the project are discussing scenarios for the potential of renewable energy in the Alps. >>

Dialogue between population and project team

Jun 25, 2014

How does the production of renewable energy affect a specific area? And how much space is needed to cover personal energy consumption with renewables? Around 300 visitors discovered the answers to these questions during the “Long Night of Research” in Vorarlberg, at the information stand.Visitors were able to calculate their personal energy consumption in terms of home use and transport using an online program. >>

Cost-benefit analysis for renewable energy

Jun 25, 2014

The loss of ecosystem services comes at a cost for society. The goal in is to quantify this cost in the pilot areas, in order to carry out an effective and comprehensive analysis of renewable energy use.

Through different environmental goods evaluation techniques, current monetary values of ecosystem services are assessed at a local scale. >>

Maintaining ecosystem services in Triglav National Park

Jun 25, 2014

The Triglav National Park is home for rare and endangered plants and animals, a place for recreation, and has extensive forests offering protection from natural hazards. In addition, the Park delivers biomass from wood. How can Triglav’s renewable energy sources be sustainably managed? This is the challenge the Slovenian partners are facing in the pilot area. >>

Forests in Slovenia: multiple talents to be handled with care

Jun 25, 2014

To preserve the biodiversity of forests and the numerous services they provide to society, planning and management must be well thought out. In a recent workshop, scientists, forest managers, policy makers and other experts discussed how to go about it. The 66 participants evaluated the current approach to multi-objective forest management in Slovenia. >>