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WIMBY joins the fight against CO2

September 18, 2023

Wind power is a promising alternative to fossil fuels, offering the potential to create numerous jobs, financial growth, and support for industrial decarbonization. However, the NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) phenomenon is an significant barrier to the expansion of wind farms. WIMBY (Wind In My BackYard) is looking to mitigate that.

The project is embarking on a journey to develop and democratise accessible tools that pave the way for the expansion of onshore and offshore wind farms. With an implementation plan (D7.4) aimed at achieving definitive objectives, our consortium of 16 partners from 10 EU countries is bringing expertise and knowledge to ensure the successful execution of different tasks:

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Societal impact assessment
  • Wind power deployment assessment
  • Validation of wind installation modelling tools
  • Web-gis interactive forum
  • Immersive 3d environment development
  • Methodological framework development and validation

WIMBY’s partners have joined forces to prepare the groundwork for participatory decision-making processes. These processes will empower stakeholders and citizens to truly understand the consequences, benefits, and added value of wind power production. Each individual contributes to the decarbonization of the European Union, and the WIMBY partners are committed to ensuring everyone is on board.

The WIMBY Consortium brings together:

  • nine universities (VUB, DTU, BOKU, UiO, UU, UCL, ETH, UNIPA, POLITO)
  • three research institutes (IIASA, PSI, KIE)
  • a consultancy company (MULTICONSULT)
  • a non-profit (APREN)

A diverse and multidisciplinary team of experts and managers who holds the promise of energy democracy, inclusion, energy transition and decarbonization.

The WIMBY project aims to transform the wind energy landscape by fostering citizen collaboration and understanding to pave the way for a cleaner and more sustainable future for all.


For further information, some recommended readings on the topic:

  1. Wind delivers the energy society wants
  2. Five things you need to know about: decarbonising Europe