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.

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 >>

Energie, klimaat en grondstoffen. Wanneer komt die trendbreuk eindelijk?

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January 2015 – Energy, Climate and Resources. When will the Breakthrough Arrive? In this article, which I wrote as a member of the editorial board of the Dutch magazine for international relations ‘Internationale Spectator’, I discuss the international signs for breakthroughs towards a more sustainable situation in the fields of energy, climate and resources. I conclude that, despite many weak and medium signals of changes, a tipping point towards sustainable in neither of the three areas is in sight.
Client: Internationale Spectator
Project timespan: December 2014 – January 2015
Download: Spectatorartikel Trendbreuk

Internationale Spectator – Editorial Board

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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

Milieu Magazine – Book Reviews

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June, 1st, 2015 – Together with colleagues Egbert Tellegen and Onno van Sandick I am writing monthly book reviews of current environmental books for ‘Milieu’, the magazine of the Dutch Society of Environmental Professionals (VVM). For every new issue, we try to select the most interesting publications for the members of VVM from a very broad range of new (mostly, but not exclusively Dutch) literature available. Environmental economics, philosophy, sustainable building, greening agriculture, local initiatives and many other topics have already been discussed in our regular two-page column. And we hope to continue sampling from all interesting environmental publications that become available every year in the near future.
Client: VVM Dutch Society of Environmental Professionals. www.vvm.info
Project timespan: Ongoing since 2013