Eva Vandest

Group Head of Public Affairs, Global Agrisolar expert and Chair of the Agrisolar workstream

1. Why is this workstream important? 


The Agrisolar workstream is key for this emerging PV segment, which simultaneously tackles two major climate challenges, decarbonising electricity production and transitioning to sustainable food systems.
We are working to ensure Agrisolar can fully contribute to the objectives European Green Deal, specifically those of the new Common Agricultural Policy, the REDIII, and the climate adaptation and biodiversity strategies. In this regard, it is key for solar developers, farmers, local communities, and all relevant stakeholders involved in Agrisolar business models to gather, share knowledge, and collaborate to design a strong framework and advocate for the best policy initiatives.

 

2. Why should companies join this workstream? 


In a context where challenges are huge, objectives are high, and agenda is key, it is crucial to unite in a common direction, scaling up the best leading examples and practices and boosting others.
At the same time, the diversity of available business cases should be represented to increase knowledge, learn from other experiences, and improve the outlook for the sector overall.

 

3. What will the future of Agrisolar look like? 


The future of the Agrisolar sector in Europe looks bright, but it must be built on continued collaboration between the solar and agriculture sectors. Together we must develop the best business cases for electricity and food production, promoting designs adapted to the broad variety of agricultural practices, and integrating environmental and social standards.

 

A trans-sectorial approach is key to embrace the challenge of climate change and its consequences. By supporting Agrisolar, European institutions and member states could make it a fantastic example of European innovation for the climate. 
 

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