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’.
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 >>
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.
January 2020 – 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.
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.
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 >>
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
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.
April 2016 – This Horizon 2020 project led by Trinomics investigates innovative citizen inclusive air pollution and climate change policies in six European cities: Bristol, Amsterdam, Aveiro, Liguria/Genua, Ljubljana and Sosnowiec. The project timespan is 1 May 2016 to 1 May 2020. Read more >>
April 2016 – The RECREATE project, funded by the European Commission, has supported in the period June 2013 to June 2018 the development of the European Union’s new research funding program Horizon 2020, with a specific focus on the links between Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials. RECREATE has provided ten case-study policy briefs in these areas, varying from financing the circular economy to a sustainable internet of things, an integrated scoreboard of research and innovation progress, and a pocket book with overarching recommendations for integrated research and innovations in these areas.