Change towards global sustainability starts with feeling connected to your local environment. A successful sustainability transition will involve new forms of local cohesion. Poems in the public environment contribute to less anonymous neighbourhoods and to community building on a neighbourhood level. SPA Sustainability therefore initiated a citizen initiative that publishes poems on private walls in the community of Oegstgeest, Netherlands. All poems will have a connection to the location or to the village in general. Once that several poems have been realised, they will be connected to form a digitally available walking route through the village that also provides background information and music. The project also involves a poetry competition for primary school pupils in the village. It is carried as “Oegstgeester Muurgedichten Actiecomité (OMA)” for Cultuurfonds Oegstgeest.
A successful global energy transition requires new narratives for change.
For the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency PBL, SPA Sustainability wrote the book ‘Energy for Green Welfare’ (in Dutch). It discusses key conflicts of interest that need to be solved for a successful global energy transition based on three completely different narratives for a future global energy sector: one starting from the viewpoint of the fossil fuel exporting countries, one putting developing countries central, and one focusing on industrialised countries
The book was published by Aeneas Media in 2015. Order here
November 2019 – A transition towards global sustainability starts locally. It will involve new forms of social engagement, democracy and local cohesion. Poems in the public environment contribute to less anonymous neighbourhoods and to community building on a neighbourhood level. SPA Sustainability contributes to poems on private walls in the community of Oegstgeest, Netherlands, that will form a walking route through the village. The project is carried out as “Oegstgeester Muurgedichten Actiecomité (OMA)” for Cultuurfonds Oegstgeest and also involves a poetry competition for primary school pupils in the village.
November 2019 – The future low-carbon energy sector will also reshuffle energy geopolitics. Trinomics together with partners carried out a project on this topic, focusing on energy technology dependencies of the European Union and on a policy strategy that ensures competitiveness and security of supply in the EU low-carbon energy sector. Stephan Slingerland presented main conclusions and recommendations of the project for Trinomics on October 24, 2019, at the Berlin German-French Energy Transition Forum conference. The project reports can be downloaded from the European Commission’s Publications Website here.