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SAGE & UC Berkeley: Young Global Entrepreneurs compete to drive business innovation

SAGE & UC Berkeley: Young Global Entrepreneurs compete to drive business innovation

Teenage entrepreneurs were coming to the University of California-Berkeley on August 7-12 to take the stage in a worldwide entrepreneurship competition; read more ….

Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE).
SAGE is an international network that links secondary school student organizations to mentors from local universities and businesses. Its purpose is to create a global community of teenage entrepreneurs sharing a common purpose: to make the world a better place. Under the direction of university student mentors, teenage SAGE teams create commercial and social ventures in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

SAGE Global is an international non-profit organization dedicated to teenage entrepreneurs who make the world a better place from the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The first and most important goal is to end extreme poverty, according to the UN “the greatest challenge of our time”. There are also goals about health, education, clean drinking water, sustainable energy, less inequality and tackling climate change. SAGE wants to offer young people with a global vision the opportunity to contribute to this. This has become a worldwide success. The SAGE program has been extensively tested and is already running very successfully in 20+ countries.

Last week the country teams (25 countries) were competing against each other on the main stage in San Francisco during the SAGE Global Awards. The Netherlands participated for the first time this year and was represented by a team of three teenage entrepreneurs (Ilse, Lineke and Thijn), coaches (Tine and Bram). The Dutch “Energy Commons” team has been working towards SDG 7 goal #2 through setting up an Energy Common in Groningen, the Netherlands.

SAGE Netherlands works together with The Institute for Future of Living (IFL), Jong Ondernemen/VNO-NCW and SDG Nederland.
Tine van Heerikhuize and Bram Reinders will bring the SAGE competition to the Netherlands and Europe. Via this route a big compliment to Tine and Bram for their leadership and coaching. Investment in our young generation is so essential.

We have been proud to have co-sponsored the Dutch SAGE team participating at the SAGE Global event in San Francisco.

IEA launched new “Methane Tracker”

IEA launched new “Methane Tracker”

IEA has launched a new “Methane Tracker”, providing a global picture of methane emissions, covering eight industry areas across more than seventy countries.
This tool provides up-to-date estimates of current oil and gas methane emissions, drawing on best available data.
Read more ….

When reading the above, please view the “Climate Action Tracker” as well. It all places matters in an interesting context.
In a previous blog we reported on this tool extensively; click here.
Read more ….

Heating existing homes on 100% hydrogen

Heating existing homes on 100% hydrogen

On June 25, 2019 for the first time in the Netherlands, existing houses in Rozenburg (ZH) were heated on 100% hydrogen.
Remeha is involved in this project. We naturally keep a close eye on this development. After all, as described earlier in various blogs, we see a very important role for hydrogen in the energy transition.
Read more ….

 

IEA: tracking clean energy progress

IEA: tracking clean energy progress

The IEA is tracking clean energy progress, by assessing the latest information on how critical energy technologies and sectors are contributing to global clean energy transition. It shows that 7 technologies are on track (eg. solar PV, energy storage), 19 require more efforts (eg. offshore wind, hydropower), and 13 are not on track (eg. geothermal, CCUS in industry & transformation). Read more ….

IEA publishes interesting information on Energy storage, EVs, and RD&D Budget Database for Energy technologies

IEA publishes interesting information on Energy storage, EVs, and RD&D Budget Database for Energy technologies

According to IEA, energy storage deployment reached a record level in 2018, nearly doubling from 2017.
Read more ….

Year 2018 was another record-breaking year for global electric car sales (1.98 million), raising total global stock to 5.12 million, according to IEA analyses. Sales increased 68% in 2018….
Read more ….

A very interesting Energy Technology RD&D Budget Database by the IEA allows users to track trends in spending by energy technologies in IEA countries back to 1977.
Read more …..

Natural gas-free residential areas

Natural gas-free residential areas

We would like to draw the readers’ attention to recent information from the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations regarding the “Analysis of project proposals (click here)” and the “Evaluation of pilot projects for natural gas-free residential areas (click here)”.
We would also like to refer you to the EnShared website.

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/