Vindval – a research programme

Vindval is a research programme jointly administered by the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the programme is to provide scientific knowledge on the impacts of wind power on humans and nature.

The purpose of the programme is to provide scientific knowledge on the impacts of wind power on humans and nature. The programme started in 2005. 

Environmental impact assessments

To date, the programme comprises more than 50 individual research projects and also  six research synthesis studies. Synthesis studies are prepared by experts who compile and assess the collected results of research and experience regarding the effects of wind power in four different areas: humans, birds/bats, marine life and terrestrial mammals. The results of these research projects and syntheses provide a basis for environmental impact assessments and for the for the planning and permitting processes associated with wind power establishments.

Research is needed

There is a great need for knowledge concerning the impact of wind power on humans and landscapes, the marine environment, birds, bats and other mammals. Previous studies regarding the environmental impacts from wind farms have lacked a comprehensive approach to studying the impacts of wind power. This has led to deficiencies in the processes for establishing new wind farms.

High quality

Vindval requires high standards in the work of reviewing and decision making regarding research applications in order to guarantee high quality reports. These high standards are also carried out during the reporting approval and publication of research results in the projects.

Our reports

Vindval has published over  50 reports on wind power's environmental effects. A number have been translated into English. See the reports by following the link below.

Publications in English from the Vindval research programme