New Insights for Citizen Policies in Bristol


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 >>

Who will win the energy transition?


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


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.

How can a Fossil Harbour become Green?


April 2016 –  The harbour of Rotterdam is the largest and most competitive fossil industrial cluster in Northwest Europe. Rotterdam therefore embraces a strategy of green ánd fossil development.However, in this way the ‘lock-in’ with fossil fuels will continue for a long time in the future. This discussion paper written for TNO discusses alternatives to break out of this ‘Fossil Dilemma of Rotterdam’.


The Conditions for a Successful Global Energy Transition


November 2015 – A successful global energy transition requires a negotiated global deal on fossil exit that also takes into account the interests of fossil exporting countries and companies, a reduction of the current giant global welfare gap and a focus on new ways of measuring and enjoying welfare beyond simple GDP measurement and consumerism. These are the core arguments of the book  Energie voor groene welvaart (‘Energy for green welfare’) that is now available from Aeneas Publishers. The book was written as a discussion piece for the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

Read also the book reviews (in Dutch):

“Kort voor de jaarwisseling, en slechts twee weken na het
Klimaatverdrag van Parijs, kondigde Bangladesh de ambitieuze
bouw van nieuwe kolencentrales aan. Niemand wil Bangladesh
de kans op economische ontwikkeling ontzeggen, maar de
paradox van de energievoorziening ligt hier glashelder op tafel.
Over dat soort paradoxen gaat ‘Energie voor Groene Welvaart’.”

Albert Faber – Loskomen van vastgeroeste beelden, Milieu, March 2016

“Hoe moet het verder met de mondiale energievoorziening? En hoe bereiken we onze ambitie om – op termijn – groene welvaart op wereldschaal werkelijkheid te laten worden? Met het stellen van deze vragen geeft auteur Stephan Slingerland zijn visitekaartje af”

Paul Hofhuis – Groene welvaart op wereldschaal als einddoel, Internationale Spectator, May 2016

Beeft de grond onder de voeten van de Nederlandse gasrotonde?


26 October, 2015 – Together with TNO and HCSS, Trinomics is organising in 2015 meetings on the future of energy in the Netherlands. A first topic concerned the idea of the Dutch ‘Gas Roundabout’, that should secure income for the Dutch state from gas trade as a compensation for declining income from the depleting Groningen field. It is argued in this paper, that a more comprehensive fossil fuels strategy is needed in the Netherlands, including a strategy that includes build up, but also an exitstrategy for fossils. From the press release:

‘In een vandaag verschenen rapport pleiten TNO, HCSS en Trinomics voor een heldere overheidsvisie op de toekomst van aardgas in ons land. Een dergelijke visie geeft inhoud aan de slogan ‘gas als transitiebrandstof’. Immers, enkel wanneer er een duidelijke einddatum is voor de winning van aardgas in Nederland, de Gasrotonde een op– en afbouwstrategie kent, en helder is dat de resterende gasbaten daadwerkelijk worden besteed aan vergroening kan energietransitie op gedegen en verantwoorde wijze kracht bij worden gezet.’
Client: TNO
Project timespan: January – December 2015

Download: Policy briefing paper Gasrotonde

Study on Impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on European Energy Markets and Manufacturing Industries


February 2015 – Since 2013, the European Union and the United States negotiate a controversial ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ (TTIP). The agreement aims at economic growth and the creation of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Main topics include the removal of tariff and non-tariff measures such as technical and safety standards, license obligations, lengthy customs procedures, restrictions on access to public tenders and trade restrictions on products and services in a variety of fields. The study informs Members of the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee about key expected impacts of TTIP on the EU energy markets and manufacturing industries and main uncertainties. Triple E Consulting, Rotterdam.
Client: European Parliament, ITRE Committee
Project timespan: April 2014 – February 2015
Download: Trinomics TTIP Study on the website of the European Parliament

EU Energy Governance for the Future

December 2014 – In this project, an overview of EU energy governance was prepared for the ITRE Committee (Industry, Research and Energy) of the European Parliament. The document gives an insight into the institutions, policies, issues and policy interactions in practice around the three EU energy policy pillars: climate change, competitiveness and security of supply. It also gives recommendations regarding main future energy governance issues that need to be taken into account by the European Parliament. These concern improved and more integrated reporting around energy issues, recommended key contacts and discussions for the EP to be organised with relevant energy stakeholders, and streamlining of EU energy innovation research and development. Triple E Consulting, Rotterdam
Client: European Parliament, ITRE Committee
Project timespan: October 2014 – December 2014
Download: Trinomics Report EU Energy Governance