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.

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 >>

Summer School Energy Transition in a Fossil World

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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

Who will win the energy transition?

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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.

Integrating Climate, Resource and Raw Materials Policies in Europe

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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.

The Earth is not Flat, but Circular

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August 2016 – For the International Spectator, SPA has prepared a dossier on geopolitical consequences of the circular economy and the potential impacts for the Netherlands. Authors Michel Rademakers (HCSS), Dirk-Jan Koch (Min Foreign Affairs), Marjolein de Ridder (Min Foreign Affairs), Arnoud Tukker (CML Leiden University), Arnoud Passenier (Min Environment) and Tjitske IJpma (Min Environment) discuss international, European and Netherlands’ views on the circular economy. Read more >>