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Landscape and energy

Policy and guidance on the landscape effects of energy development aim to ensure that negative impacts are avoided or minimised.

Energy provision is a fundamental requirement for modern societies. Concern about climate change means that we need to generate as much power as we can via renewable energy technologies.

Wind energy has been the main focus in Scotland since 2002 – both large-scale commercial development and, more recently, small and medium-scale turbines.

Wind turbines can have significant landscape and visual impacts, however. As more wind energy developments are proposed, granted consent and constructed, careful consideration of the cumulative effects is vital.

Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Government and industry have responded by producing a range of policies and guidance notes.

Find out more

Explore our detailed guide to renewable energy development.

Read about our approach to marine renewables.