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Energyscapes : linking the energy system and ecosystem services in real landscapes

Howard, D.C. and Burgess, P.J. and Butler, S.J. and Carver, S.J. and Cockerill, T. and Coleby, A.M. and Gan, G. and Goodier, C.J. and Horst, D. Van der and Hubacek, K. and Lord, R. and Mead, A. and Rivas-Casado, M. and Wadsworth, R.A. and Scholefield, P. (2013) Energyscapes : linking the energy system and ecosystem services in real landscapes. Biomass and Bioenergy, 55. 17–26. ISSN 0961-9534

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Abstract

The drive for sustainable energy production is leading to increased deployment of land based renewables. Although there is public support, in principle, for renewable energy at a national level, major resistance to renewable energy technologies often occurs at a local level. Within this context, it can be useful to consider the “energyscape” which we initially define as the complex spatial and temporal combination of the supply, demand and infrastructure for energy within a landscape. By starting with a consideration of the energyscape, we can then consider the positive and negative interactions with other ecosystem services within a particular landscape. This requires a multi-disciplinary systems-approach that uses existing knowledge of landscapes, energy options, and the different perspectives of stakeholders. The approach is examined in relation to pilot case-study comprising a 155 km2 catchment in Bedfordshire, England.