We would like to show that it is possible to use renewable energies in the Alpine region and at the same time ensure sustainable land use, thus helping preserve the rich biodiversity and the soils of the Alps.” The 15 project partners will be developing strategies and tools to achieve this aim.

Their activities are subdivided into work packages with the following aims:

  • making available means of communication to the partners; making stakeholders, politicians, NGOs and young people aware of the developments and results of the project; Lead Partner for “Information and Publicity”: CIPRA
  • producing scenarios to highlight the potential of renewable energies in the Alps as well as presenting the possible conflicts between nature and humans arising from the use of renewable resources; Lead Partner for “Potentials and Conflicts”: EURAC
  • producing models as a basis for decision-making drawing on the insights of the previous work package; Lead Partner for “Economic Dimension of recharge.green”: IIASA
  • testing the models and tools developed in pilot areas; determining whether the results can be transferred to other Alpine regions; Lead Partner for “Testing and Implementation”: Triglav National Park
  • publicising the results at events; presenting a transnational handbook for politicians and decision-makers on realising the proposed solutions; Lead Partner for “Dissemination”: the Environment Agency Austria

The Lead Partner for the overall project is the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. The project consortium combines participants from all relevant areas for the production of renewable energies and of sustainable land use. This is fundamental in order to harmonise the fields of energy production, land use and species protection.

The results of recharge.green will support the implementation of various EU directives and strategies (for instance the Renewables Directive, the Europe2020 Strategy, the Habitats and Birds Directives and various biodiversity and soil protection strategies) as well as contribute to the implementation of the Alpine Convention.