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Court of Amsterdam (publication 12-4-2019) has rejected a renovation proposal from a local housing corporation, to make apartments “zero on the meter homes”

Court of Amsterdam (publication 12-4-2019) has rejected a renovation proposal from a local housing corporation, to make apartments “zero on the meter homes”

Read more (text is in Dutch language) …..

We will closely follow this development.

In any case, it confirms our position that sufficient transparency and independent information is required for residents (owners and/or tenants) to be able to make good choices.
EnShared and Zonatlas are therefore affiliated and active with the national Coalition ‘Samen Duurzaam Doen” (translated: Doing Sustainability Together), and they work closely with the “Institute for Future of Living” (https://instituteforfutureofliving.org/).

More information will follow.

Carbon Tracker news [April 2, 2019]

Carbon Tracker news [April 2, 2019]

Key excerpts of a joint letter are provided below which was signed by a group of 60 investors, academics, business and faith leaders and NGOs (including Carbon Tracker) and sent to Fatih Birol and the International Energy Agency (IEA) governing council chair;
1) Make clear that the ‘New Policies Scenario (NPS)’ is a business as usual scenario that charts a dangerous course to a world with between 2.7ºC and 3ºC of warming. …..
2 ) Develop an updated, fully transparent, ‘Sustainable Development Scenario’’ (SDS) to reflect the full range of ambition of the Paris goals and make this the central reference of the WEO . This scenario should include a reasonable probability (66%) of limiting warming to 1.5ºC; a longer time horizon (beyond 2040); and a precautionary approach to negative emissions technologies. ……
Read more ….

CO2 emissions

CO2 emissions

See earlier publications on this subject.
IEA – 8 april 2019: As a result of higher energy consumption, CO2 emissions rose 1.7% in 2018 and hit a new record. Read more ….

Great opportunities for renewable gas

Great opportunities for renewable gas

A recent study by Navigant, for the “Gas for Climate consortium“, shows that a smart combination of hydrogen and green gas together with electricity is the optimal way to make the energy system CO2-free.
A good gas infrastructure will be needed in NL in order to sufficiently scale up the share of renewable gas by 2050 for the realization of a CO2-free and sustainable energy system at the lowest costs.
For more details refer to the Navigant website or Gasunie website.

The above message is a confirmation of what we have been arguing about a long time.
So let’s preserve what we have. And above all bring nuance in the discussion. We realise that different solutions for homes and businesses will continue to co-exist in the coming decades; natural gas-dependent solutions, hybrid solutions and so-called all-electric. We know that making the whole of the Netherlands all-electric is unrealistic in view of costs, physical (im)possibilities, the measures to be taken, time required for this, etc. The natural gas transition takes time and will have to be done in phases. Particularly when a municipality has made a decision to become ‘natural gas-free’ in a district. We realise that with the (generally) good gas infrastructure in the Netherlands there are various other solutions in the field of green gas and hydrogen. And that optimum use must be made of this. With transition solutions, so-called “no-regret” solutions must also be considered; after all, we cannot do everything at once. And it must remain affordable.

Draft Climate agreement NL

Draft Climate agreement NL

Dutch Climate agreement | 1 billion extra investments needed in the electricity grid for solar energy in the Northern part of the Netherlands
An article in Solar magazine, with the above-mentioned “headline”, published March 13, 2019, does something to us.

QUOTE “If the growth of solar energy continues, an extra 1 billion must be invested in the electricity grid in the north of the Netherlands to connect solar panels. This is apparent from the calculation of the Climate Agreement.
The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) conclude this in the report “Effects of draft Climate Agreement”. This report contains the calculation of the effects of the Draft Climate Agreement that was presented in December. The network costs have been mapped by TenneT and the 3 largest regional network operators Stedin, Enexis and Liander. This is based on assumptions about the interpretation of the production of renewable energy and the development of demand that are aligned with the PBL. “It has been taken into account that extra investments of around 1 billion euros in the high-voltage network are required if solar PV in the Northern Netherlands grows to a capacity of 3 to 4 gigawatts,” the PBL writes. “From 3 to 4 gigawatt peak solar PV in the Northern Netherlands, extra transport capacity is needed on the extra high-voltage network (EHS), which means that investments will be around 1 billion euros higher.” UNQUOTE

It has been known for quite some time that we need to increase our investments in our infrastructure. The writer of this blog who, as former director/CEO of KEMA and former CEO of Ecofys, has quite some knowledge of these subjects, wonders why our joint predictive capacity has not resulted in timely actions. We have the knowledge and therefore must be able as a society to choose and implement smart solutions in time.
On the other hand, this issue gives room for great alternatives, such as Storage! After all, flexibility and therefore storage is essential in the energy transition. For that reason, a related company, EnShared, is a member of the Flexiblepower Alliance Network.

NVDE: ECN study: Climate agreement can create more than 70,000 jobs
Interesting article; read more …..

CPB: Calculation of draft Climate Agreement
The recent calculation of the draft Climate Agreement by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) shows the implications of the existing climate policy and the various plans that the government wants to take towards 2030.
According to the calculation, the desired CO2 reduction will not be achieved with the existing plans, the industry is lagging behind in climate terms and especially the low income groups are affected in their wallets. The Cabinet responded by announcing that the energy tax increase will be reversed from 2020 and by establishing a (yet to be determined) “CO2 tax” for companies.
Read more ….

Institute for Future of Living

Institute for Future of Living

Thijs Aarten was in Curaçao on business from January 16-22, including participation (on behalf of EnShared and Zonatlas) in the Bon Bini Business Summit which was held in Willemstad from January 20-22, 2019. The summit was led by our Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Thijs Aarten was part of the “Institute for Future of Living (IFL)” team that investigated various areas of interest, including sustainability of the built environment. He is Strategy Counsel IFL; for more details about the IFL, see: https://instituteforfutureofliving.org/

For a link to summit, see: https://www.gobiernu.cw/nl/nieuws/persberichten/succesvolle-bon-bini-for-business-summit-krijgt-nog-dit-jaar-een-vervolg/

And for an update about the launch of Smart Cities Roadmap; see: https://instituteforfutureofliving.org/2019/01/official-launch-smart-city-roadmap-in-curacao/

The Green Elephant

The Green Elephant

The Dutch entrepreneur Rogier Buker and the Dutch New Zealander Dirk de Jong developed a unique opportunity with their company “The Green Elephant” in Africa (Uganda). And this all with …….. elephant grass!
Read more ….

The recent article in ‘Eindhovens Dagblad’ also nicely echoes the company’s main objectives; read more ….

Aarten Energy Solutions is supporting this company with achieving their goals. And we are very proud of this, because it is a development that offers important social, climatological and economic benefits for the local population.
For more information about “The Green Elephant” click here.

We will post news updates on our website at regular intervals.

Worldwide attention for climate and CO2 problems; 5 examples ….

Worldwide attention for climate and CO2 problems; 5 examples ….

UN Emissions Gap Report 2018: clear warning that our efforts to reduce CO2 must increase SIGNIFICANTLY
“Current commitments expressed in the NDCs are inadequate to bridge the emissions gap in 2030.
Technically, it is still possible to bridge the gap to ensure global warming stays well below 2°C and 1.5°C, but if NDC ambitions are not increased before 2030, exceeding the 1.5°C goal can no longer be avoided. Now more than ever, unprecedented and urgent action is required by all nations.
The assessment of actions by the G20 countries indicates that this is yet to happen; in fact, global CO2 emissions increased in 2017 after three years of stagnation”.
Read more ….

Global Carbon report: global CO2 emissions are likely to increase again in 2018 compared to 2017 (ca. 2,7%); the second year in a row that emissions are rising (in 2017: + 1,6%).
Read more ….

CE Delft states that the Netherlands may miss its CO2 target of 25 percent reduction in 2020 by 10 percent
Read more ….

COP24 Katowice December 2018
The UN climate summits, or the so-called COP (Conference of the Parties), are global conferences where action for climate policy is negotiated. Read more .…

IEA: World Energy Outlook 2018
WEO 2018 details amongst others global energy trends and what possible impact they will have on supply and demand, carbon emissions, air pollution, and energy access. Read more ….