How to Ensure Sustainable Land-use while enhancing Renewable Energy Production in Europe

Lecturer: Teresa Ponce de Leão, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese National Laboratory of Energy and Geology (LNEG).

Response 1: Ignacio Asenjo, Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission.

Response 2: Franz Prettenthaler, Director of Joanneum Research-LIFE.

Chair: Rupert Baumgartner, Professor of Sustainable Management at the University of Graz.

Host: Harald Kainz, Rector Emeritus, TU Graz.


The tenth lecture in the ESEIA Lecture Series was held online from 19:00 to 21:00 CEST. This lecture focused on how to ensure sustainable land-use while enhancing renewable energy production in Europe.

Teresa Ponce de Leão introduced the topic, providing an overview of the EU policy landscape to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and explaining LNEG’s work in promoting technological innovation for greater competitiveness of the Portuguese economy. After her presentation, Ignacio Asenjo took the opportunity to discuss the Renewable Energy Directive and its latest revision, and Franz Prettenthaler offered a glimpse into how climate change forces more food production into protected cultivation.

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