6 October 12:30–1:15
Solar farms are an essential element of carbon reduction around the world, but how can we best make use of the spaces they occupy? This webinar will discuss how we can use these spaces dedicated to green energy production and think outside the box to ensure we are providing net benefits to biodiversity. It will then address how we might go about countering some of the recent negative rhetoric surrounding solar farms.
Mark Lang joined RSK Biocensus in July 2019, after 12 years with Arcadis. His previous responsibilities were divided between using his technical expertise (botany and ornithology) and as a line manager with a remit for survey training and development of staff. As an associate director, Mark takes a key role in project management, providing technical expertise with regard to habitat surveys and ornithology. Mark is leading RSK in switching from the established Phase 1 habitat survey classification to a new pioneering habitat classification system called the UK Habitat Classification. Mark is the RSK ecology lead for the South West region, with the Bristol and Stonehouse teams falling under his leadership. Recent high-profile projects as technical lead include HS2 (Phase 1 Central) and leading the ecology input to the nuclear new-build at Sizewell in Suffolk. He has recently become the ecology lead for renewable energy and is developing a track record for producing the biodiversity design for new solar schemes.