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    New German draft law to expand wind energy while protecting nature


    June 8, 2022 - dpa English

     

      Berlin (dpa) - The German Ministry of the Environment presented a draft law to settle the conflict between wind power expansion and species protection on Wednesday.

      According to the draft, it should be possible in future to include landscape conservation areas to an "appropriate extent" in the search for areas for wind energy development, according to ministry circles.

      In order to simplify and accelerate approval procedures for wind turbines, there are to be uniform national standards for the assessment of species protection.

      A list of breeding bird species at risk of collision is to be defined with staggered distance requirements. Species assistance programmes are to be set up for the long-term protection of species affected by the expansion of renewable energies.

      The planned amendments are part of a legislative package that is intended to significantly accelerate the expansion of wind turbines.

      Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck and Environment Minister Steffi Lemke had agreed on key points in April.

      Germany's Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) warned the government not to lower nature conservation standards in the expansion of wind power.

      The draft plans to make it easier to make exceptions to species protection, NABU criticized on Wednesday. "This means that the death of the individual animal is accepted."

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