Seven years of environmental book reviews

May 2020 – More than 50 reviews of environmental books from authors including William Nordhaus, Kim Putters, Simon Rozendaal, Ben van Beurden, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Rene ten Bos, Tim Morton, Bas Eickhout, Jan Rotmans, Marjan Minnesma and Stephen Emmott. That is what resulted from more than seven years of book reviews for the Dutch Network of Environmental Professionals VVM. A new review appeared in issue 2020-3 of the magazine ‘Milieu’, this time of the book of Andrew McAfee, ‘More with Less’.


Summer School Energy Transition in a Fossil World

July 2019 – Combining social, technological and economic perspectives is required for successful change. In July 2019, SPA Sustainability organised the Summer Course “Energy Transition in a Fossil World” for the IVM Institute for Environmental Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In lectures, excursions and interactive sessions, a large number of expert speakers introduced the students in a nutshell to all key aspects of a successful global energy transition. The course was attended by bachelor and master students as well as energy professionals from all over the world and very positively evaluated: “The knowledge that I got is much more than what I expected before I came. Technology, Economics, and Politics, all of them are covered in just two weeks program – unbelievable but true.” The Summer Course will be organised again in July 2020. Read more


ClairCity – Citizen-inclusive local sustainability policies in Europe

January 2019 – Citizens need to be at the heart of sustainability policy making in cities. Air quality and climate policies will require huge changes in European cities in the coming years. In the Horizon2020 project ‘ClairCity’, it is investigated in six European cities and regions (Amsterdam, Bristol, Ljubljana, Aveiro, Genoa and Sosnowiec) what current and preferred future behavioural practices of citizens can be used as a basis for such policies. Also, citizens are asked for their own preferences regarding future policies and local policy makers are given the opportunity to react to these proposals. In a final stage of the project, the effects of the unified citizen and policy maker proposals are modelled. The project shows that the pace of planned change is very important: in some cities, citizens seem ahead of policy makers, in others policy makers seem more ambitious than citizens. The project is carried out with partner Trinomics and 15 other consortium members all over Europe. Read more


Poems for sustainability

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.


‘Energie voor groene welvaart’

December 2015 – 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


The Conditions for a Successful Global Energy Transition

November 2015 – A successful global energy transition requires a negotiated global deal on fossil exit that also takes into account the interests of fossil exporting countries and companies, a reduction of the current giant global welfare gap and a focus on new ways of measuring and enjoying welfare beyond simple GDP measurement and consumerism. These are the core arguments of the book  Energie voor groene welvaart (‘Energy for green welfare’) that is now available from Aeneas Publishers. The book was written as a discussion piece for the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

Read also the book reviews (in Dutch):

“Kort voor de jaarwisseling, en slechts twee weken na het
Klimaatverdrag van Parijs, kondigde Bangladesh de ambitieuze
bouw van nieuwe kolencentrales aan. Niemand wil Bangladesh
de kans op economische ontwikkeling ontzeggen, maar de
paradox van de energievoorziening ligt hier glashelder op tafel.
Over dat soort paradoxen gaat ‘Energie voor Groene Welvaart’.”

Albert Faber – Loskomen van vastgeroeste beelden, Milieu, March 2016

“Hoe moet het verder met de mondiale energievoorziening? En hoe bereiken we onze ambitie om – op termijn – groene welvaart op wereldschaal werkelijkheid te laten worden? Met het stellen van deze vragen geeft auteur Stephan Slingerland zijn visitekaartje af”

Paul Hofhuis – Groene welvaart op wereldschaal als einddoel, Internationale Spectator, May 2016

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Andries F. Hof, Michel G.J. den Elzen, Detlef P. van Vuuren, Angelica Mendoza Beltran, Stephan Slingerland (2011) Climate policy after Kyoto Analytical insights into key issues in the Climate Negotiations PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Hague, October 2011

Stephan Slingerland, Leo Meyer, Michel den Elzen, Detlef van Vuuren (2011) Forks in the Road – Alternative Routes for International Climate Policies and Consequences for the Netherlands PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Hague, October 2011

Stephan Slingerland, Marcel Kok (2011) Tussen concurrentie en coordinatie – Sturing voor de aanpak van mondiale milieuproblemen (Between Competition and Coordination – The Governance of Global Environmental Problems), in: Monitor Duurzaam Nederland 2011, CBS, PBL, CPB, SCP, Voorburg, September 2011

Anne Gerdien Prins, Stephan Slingerland, Henk Hilderink, Paul Lucas, Ton Manders, Marcel Kok (2011) Scarcity in a Sea of Plenty – Global Resource Scarcities and Policies in the European Union and the Netherlands, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, March 2011


Bettina Kampman, Geert Bergsma, Benno Schepers, Harry Croezen, Uwe R. Fritsche, Klaus Henneberg, Katja Huenecke, Jan Willem Molenaar, Jan Joost Kessler, Stephan Slingerland, Coby van der Linde (2010) Better Use of Biomass for Energy – Background Report to the Position Paper of IEA RETD and IEA Bioenergy, Delft / Darmstadt, July 2010

Stephan Slingerland (2010) Kopenhagen – Mijlpaal of Tussenstap? (What next after Copenhagen?) Internationale Spectator, 64 (3), March 2010

Ton Manders, Paul Lucas, Anne Gerdien Prins, Stephan Slingerland (2010) Increasing Scarcities of Natural Resources in the Coming Decades: Trends and Policy Options Paper for the conference ‘Enriching the planet – Empowering Europe’, Clingendael Institute, 26-27 April 2010

Michel den Elzen, Mark Roelfsema, Stephan Slingerland (2010) Dealing with Surplus Emissions in the Climate Negotiations after Copenhagen: What are the Options for Compromise? Energy Policy, Volume 38, Issue 11, November 2010, pp. 6615-6628

Before 2010 (Selection)

Maarten Hajer and Stephan Slingerland (2009) Verandering van leefstijlen veel crucialer (Changes in lifestyles are more important), Financieel Dagblad, 8 December 2009

Michel den Elzen, Mark Roelfsema, Stephan Slingerland (2009) Too hot to handle? The emission surplus in the Copenhagen Negotiations, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, December 2009

Stephan Slingerland, The Climate Negotiations: How to recover from a likely disaster in Copenhagen? FACET Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy, Facet Commentary No. 18, July 2009

Stephan Slingerland (2009), Het Nederlands belang bij een Europees energie- en klimaatbeleid (The Dutch interest in a European Energy- and Climate Policy), in: Ons belang in Europa, A. Sabahoglu (Red.), Wetenschappelijk Bureau Groen Links, Amsterdam
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Internationale Spectator – Editorial Board

June, 1st, 2015 – The Dutch magazine for international relations ‘Internationale Spectator’ features all topics that are relevant to Dutch international politics, including peace, defence and justice, development, economics, agriculture, health and EU policies. Of course, energy, climate and resources are also an important part of the broad spectrum of issues discussed. Having been previously a regular author for the magazine, I am now a member of the editorial board responsible for international energy, climate and resource topics. The magazine was modernized in 2015 and continues as a web-magazine.
Client: Internationale Spectator. Webpagina Internationale Spectator
Project timespan: Ongoing since 2013

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