A Compromise for Nuclear Energy in the Netherlands

March 2022 – A new public debate on the role of nuclear energy in the Netherlands is coming up now that that the new Dutch government has announced to investigate options for two new nuclear power plants in the Netherlands. The war in the Ukraine contributes to the urgency of that debate. Therefore, SPA Sustainability proposes a compromise for nuclear energy in the Netherlands.

Clingendael Spectator (2018) Recycling the Dutch nuclear energy debate

ViWTa (2008) – Zoeken, vinden en winnen. Een analyse van de drijvende krachten achter de beschikbaarheid van energiedragers olie, gas, kolen en uranium. Download the report here.

Clingendael International Energy Programme (2006) – Uraniumwinning: voorzieningszekerheid, milieu- en gezondheidseffecten en relevantie voor Nederland

Rathenau Instituut (2004) – Het nucleaire landschap. Een verkenning van feiten en meningen over kernenergie


Resistance to Sustainability Transitions

January 2022 – For the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water, SPA Sustainability carried out a preliminary review of resistance to sustainability transitions and the role of public participation as an instrument for preventing or mitigating such resistance. The project is based on a scan of academic and non-academic literature and on interviews with key stakeholders in the Netherlands. Aim is to inform the Ministry’s Knowledge Transfer hub ‘Kennisknooppunt Transitie’ about available evidence, knowledge gaps and needs for further research. Results will be published soon.


Engaging Energy Communities in Europe

October 2021 – SPA Sustainability contributed to the ‘Sustainable Places Conference’ in Rome (28 September – 1 October 2021) as author and co-author of two conference papers. The papers discuss how to set up and monitor a ‘just’ engagement of energy communities in five European countries. The lessons learned are based on the Horizon2020 Project Lightness.

Energy Communities for Just Energy Transitions on a Local Scale: Initial Lessons from the Lightness Project

A Social Engagement Fast Track on Energy Communities-Key Lesson Learned from H2020 EU Projects