Subsidising Dutch gas fields is not a good idea

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February 2020 – Dutch Government and some researchers think that subsidising new investments in Dutch gas fields in the North Sea is beneficial for the climate and for reducing dependency on Russian gas. Stephan Slingerland and Harro van Asselt argue in an opinion article published in the Dutch newspaper Trouw on 21 February 2020 that this is not a good idea for long-term international climate policy.

Will the European Green Deal be successful?

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Shortly before the Christmas break the new European Commission published its long-awaited Green Deal. Once more the European Union showed its green ambitions and proclaimed environmental leadership by drafting a document full of strong environmental objectives. However, more will be needed than only big words. The Green Deal will need to make at least three fundamental connections in the coming year in order to be successful. Read more.

Understanding sustainability starts with the basics

November 2019 – For the Open University in the Netherlands, SPA Sustainability supervises the courses ‘Principles of Environmental Science’ and ‘Earth, Humans, Environment 2’. In these courses, students learn the basics of sustainability science. Part of the assignment is also an update of one of these courses in order to fit with most recent insights in sustainability science.

Slingerland Policy Advice becomes SPA Sustainability

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January 2020 – As of 1 January 2020, the name of the company Slingerland Policy Advice has changed into SPA Sustainability. In this way, it is clear even from the title what services the company wants to provide: New Solutions for Sustainability. The company aims to provide three main categories of products: research and sustainability actions, education and training

New Insights for Citizen Policies in Bristol

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December 2019 – The recently published ClairCity final policy report Bristol shows that policy making with citizens leads to new insights: 1) not commuting, but shopping and leisure behaviour contributes most to air pollution in Bristol, 2) citizens generally support more ambitious air pollution and climate change policies in Bristol and are ready to change their own behaviours accordingly, 3) policy makers confirm that the citizen plans overall can be implemented, 4) the citizen plans lead to less air pollution and carbon emissions in the city and do not have to imply excessive additional costs to the city. Read more >>

Bridging the real gaps in sustainability policies in 2020

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December 2019 – Rather than closing the often cited ‘emission gaps’ between nationally decided climate policies and international climate goals, decisive steps on international sustainability in 2020 are likely to depend on closing three far more fundamental international sustainability policy gaps. This Clingendael ‘Geopolitics of Sustainability’ column discusses which ones. Read more >>

2019

Stephan Slingerland (2019) Bridging the real gaps in sustainability policies in 2020 Clingendael column

Stephan Slingerland (2019) Beyond Nordstream 2: Lessons from the Netherlands Clingendael column

Stephan Slingerland, Irati Artola et al. (2019) ClairCity – Final Report Bristol (Horizon2020)

Koen Rademaekers, Onne Hoogland, Stephan Slingerland et al. (2019) Energy Technology Dependence of the EU in a low-carbon energy sector, Trinomics (client: DG RTD)

2018

Stephan Slingerland, Irati Artola et al. Air quality and climate related policies in Sosnowiec, Poland – Baseline Analysis ClairCity Project

Stephan Slingerland, Irati Artola et al. Air quality and climate related policies in Aveiro (CIRA region), Portugal – Baseline Analysis ClairCity Project

Stephan Slingerland, Irati Artola et al. Air quality and climate related policies in Ljubljana, Slovenia – Baseline Analysis ClairCity Project

Stephan Slingerland, Irati Artola et al. Air quality and climate related policies in the Liguria region, Italy – Baseline Analysis ClairCity Project

Stephan Slingerland (2018) Recycling the Dutch nuclear energy debate, Clingendael column

Stephan Slingerland, Tycho Smit, et al. (2018) Challenges for the EU energy transition, Trinomics (client: EEA)

Stephan Slingerland (2018) Who owns the Brazilian rainforest? Cingendael column

Stephan Slingerland (2018) Khashoggi’s death: a landmark for global sustainability? Cingendael column

Hans Bolscher, Stephan Slingerland, Elske Veenstra (2018) Climate Finance – All that glitters is not gold, Clingendael opinion

2017

Stephan Slingerland, Irati Artola et al. Air quality and climate related policies in Bristol, United Kingdom (ClairCity project)

Stephan Slingerland, Irati Artola et al. Air quality and climate related policies in Amsterdam, Netherlands (ClairCity project)

Stephan Slingerland, Elske Veenstra, et al. Export potentials for the Netherlands in a long-term energy transition, Trinomics (client: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs)

Stephan Slingerland, Paul Hofhuis Donald’s Sustainability (in Dutch), Clingendael column

Stephan Slingerland, Lisa Eichler, Lucia van Geuns The Netherlands and Germany: Green energy friends for the future? (in Dutch) TNO Discussion Paper

Poems for sustainability

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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.