Energy Sprawl Solutions

Predictions show a 65 percent increase in energy demand by 2050. To ensure a path to a stable climate, the world must increase its renewable energy development dramatically.

Wind turbines dot a shoreline at sunset.
Wind Turbines on the Shore Wind turbines dot the shore at sunset. © Public Domain

Energy Sprawl: the development of land and water area required for energy production

With smart large-scale planning along the way, we can ensure this development solves for the challenge of “energy sprawl”—the land and water area required for energy production. In doing so, we can reduce the land-use footprint of needed energy sources, safeguard ecosystem-services and biodiversity, and even potentially accelerate the transition to renewables.

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