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Effects of Sustainable Energy Facilities on Landscape: A Case Study of Slovakia

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Abstract

Sustainable energy, known as renewable energy, is the provision of energy that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. As sustainable energy sources, those most often regarded are hydroelectricity, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, and biomass energy. The impacts of increased sustainable production and consumption are considerably less than the increased supply and the consumption of conventionally produced energy. However, we have to take into consideration also negative effects of new renewable production energy facilities, mainly on the landscape and its characteristics. Their localization could be considered as a factor that affects future settlements’ development: this can be perceived not only as a facility reducing the amount of “green gas emissions” but also as a separate construction in the landscape.

The intent of this contribution is to mention specific aspects of environmental impact assessment of sustainable energy facilities with the emphasis on the role of landscape and landscape ecological evaluation in the Slovak Republic.

Keywords

  • Cumulative effects
  • Ecological stability
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Landscape
  • Slovakia
  • Sustainable energy

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We express our gratitude to the Slovak VEGA grant system for supporting our project 1/0544/11 as a basis for our research.

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Pavlickova, K., Miklosovicova, A., Vyskupova, M. (2014). Effects of Sustainable Energy Facilities on Landscape: A Case Study of Slovakia. In: Nakagoshi, N., A. Mabuhay, J. (eds) Designing Low Carbon Societies in Landscapes. Ecological Research Monographs. Springer, Tokyo. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-54819-5_7

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