New Strategic Cooperation with Duneworks

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November 2020 – As of November 1st, 2020, SPA Sustainability has started a new strategic cooperation with the Eindhoven-based consultancy Duneworks. The goals of DuneWorks fit very well with those of SPA Sustainability, as the company is specialised in the societal aspects of the transition towards an inclusive and sustainable climate. The cooperation will entail European as well as Dutch national and local projects. See for more information the website of Duneworks here.

Scenarios for a Circular Netherlands in 2050

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September 2020 – For the scientific council of the Dutch political party GroenLinks (WBGL), SPA Sustainability edited a book with scenarios and articles giving an impression of how a circular society in 2050 could look like. The book discusses not only possible technological innovations upto 2050, but also the social innovations that would have to with them. Risks and benefits of the transition towards a circular society are discussed.

Final ClairCity Reports now Available

September 2020 – The final reports of the ClairCity project are now available. The reports outline the innovative ClairCity method to design and implement together with citizens ambitious air quality and carbon policies in cities. The method offers a unique combination of modelling, citizen engagement and policy co-creation that was successfully tested in six European cities and regions.

Successful Edition of Summer Course Energy Transition 2020

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August 2020 – The VU-IVM Summer Course ‘Global Energy Transition in a Fossil World’ was held from 6 to 17 July 2020. 25 students from all over the world discussed with a variety of speakers from Dutch government, NGOs, academia and business to learn about social, political, economic and technological aspects of the global energy transition. A new edition will follow in July 2021.

After Corona: The Great Mentality Shift?

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April 2020 – Long-term effects on global sustainability of the corona crisis have to be sought in a fundamental and lasting mentality shift in the minds of people because of the crisis. The main change is likely to be the increased perception of vulnerability and dependence on nature by people in industrialised countries. Read more >>

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.

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

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 >>

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.