Project Insights

  • €176,047

    Total Project Costs
  • 2 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2018

    Year Funded

Project Description

The effective uptake and preparation of Local Authority Renewable Energy Strategies (LARES) is a keystone in providing a robust and clear planning framework for facilitating renewable energy deployment at local level, in order to meet national and European targets, and for moving towards a sustainable economy. This project will deliver an operational and user-friendly Webtool to map environmental sensitivity specific to each and all the renewable energy technologies and, in this way, support the assessment of sectoral constraints and facilitators as recommended in the LARES methodology. The Webtool will centralise spatial datasets covering primary environmental and planning considerations for the various renewable energy technology types. It will include a participative bespoke geoprocessing tool to facilitate examination of sector-specific landscape sensitivities and deliberations around viable renewable energy areas. It is anticipated that the Webtool will enhance the effectiveness and transparency of assessments that are central to the preparation of LARES an, in this way, promote their wider preparation and implementation. Moreover, the systematic application of the methodology is to provide transparent and accountable planning decisions that help secure social acceptance for a significant ramp-up in renewable energy, as well as to achieve full environmental best-practice in compliance with European law.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €176,047

Funding Agency: SEAI

Year Funded: 2018

Lead Organisation: University College Dublin

Partner Organisation(s): All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO), Maynooth University

Ainhoa González

Lead Researcher