The transition towards a low-carbon future is accelerating across all sectors in The Netherlands. But are we doing enough, and are we pursuing the right strategies? How much space does the energy transition require and are we able to accommodate those needs in our densely populated country? What is the spatial impact of this transition on the living environment, in both urban and rural landscapes? The AMS Institute dives into the dynamics and solutions of the sustainable energy transition; and explores its spatial, social and technological questions for the city of Amsterdam, its metropolitan region and the Netherlands as a whole.
What is the importance of the spatial dimension of the energy transition, and why is a call for a national perspective on this matter important? Sven Stremke, Principal Investigator at the AMS Institute and co-author of the recent work Energie & Ruimte: een nationaal perspectief (see below), opens the evening by introducing the spatial challenges of the energy transition in the Netherlands.
The energy transition in our cityscape
We start the first half of the event by looking at the energy transition within urban areas: what kind of sustainable energy solutions and experiments are taking place in the city of Amsterdam? What kind of technologies are being developed, how are they implemented, and how do these interventions change our cities?
- Doing so, we first look at two examples from the URSES+ research program -set up by NWO, Shell and AMS Institute, in search for answers to energy issues in the city. What are reliable and affordable energy solutions for the residents of Amsterdam, both now and in the future?
We then dive into the challenges and possibilities of the energy transition within the urban sphere, during the first round table talk:
- To start the discussion, Andy van den Dobbelsteen (AMS Institute/TU Delft) offers a brief introduction to the current state of the energy transition in Amsterdam, by demonstrating the results from projects as CityZen. Which steps have already been taken, and what kind of developments are taking place in the city?
- He then joins Pauline Westendorp (co-founder 02025, Zuiderlicht and the National Energy Commission), Bob Mantel (Gemeente Amsterdam) and Pallas Agterberg (Alliander) in a discussion of the upcoming breakthroughs, biggest challenges and spatial implications of the energy transition on the city of Amsterdam. Which steps need to be taken; and in what kind of city will we live, once Amsterdam has become energy neutral?
The energy transition in our landscape
But we won’t make the climate goals of Paris by only working on the energy transition in urban spaces. Therefore, the second half of the evening focusses on the energy transition in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region (AMA) and the Netherlands a a whole, during the second round table discussion:
- To start the discussion, architect and urban designer Marco Broekman shares some insights from his Energy Transition study for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. What is currently happening within the AMA to accelerate the energy transition?
- Afterwards, he joins Sven Stremke (AMS Institute/University of Wageningen), Ewald Breunesse (Shell) and Femke Brenninkmeijer (Port of Amsterdam) in a discussion about the steps that need to be taken in the AMA and the whole of the Netherlands to meet the climate goals. Which challenges are ahead of us? Which role do large scale players as the Port of Amsterdam play? And how will our landscapes, sea and metropolitan region change by the energy transition? What will a sustainable energy landscape look like?
Energy & Space
AMS Principal Investigator Sven Stremke recently worked on a project with four design companies (H+N+S, POSAD, FABRICations, Studio Marco Vermeulen), Deltametropool and the NRGlab/Wageningen University that aims to inform the Dutch discourse on sustainable energy transition, from a spatial perspective.
This resulted in a book, entitled Energie & Ruimte – een nationaal perspectief (Energy & Space: a national perspective). It can be downloaded for free in high- and low-resolution (Dutch only).