The energy transition is one of the biggest transitions ever in the Netherlands. The road is set to run entirely on renewable energy by 2050 and to be as CO2 neutral as possible. This demands a lot from all of us. Remarkably, only 2% of the Dutch actually see this as a major social task.
The energy transition still has much to gain in terms of urgency, awareness and enthusiasm among ordinary Dutch people. It is therefore primarily a social task.
At the local level, municipalities, corporations and grid operators will have an important role in this process. This can be overwhelming. Ekwadraat therefore provides energy transition advice to these organizations.
Energy transition is the transition from fossil energy to clean and renewable energy.
During this transition it is important that energy remains available and affordable for everyone.
By making a gradual transition from the old (fossil) sources to the new (renewable) sources, we ensure that the earth is not depleted and that the energy supply of the future is secure. In particular, solar, wind and tidal energy are seen as perpetual.
In 2017, 6.6% of Dutch energy consumption was renewable. Here solar panels contributed 0.37% to our final energy use, offshore wind 0.57% and onshore wind 1.08%.
Various targets have been agreed in the Netherlands and globally. In Kyoto, agreements were made back in 1992. For example, when the energy agreement was concluded, it was agreed that 16% of the energy generated in 2023.
In the Paris Climate Agreement it was agreed that the earth should not be warmed more than 2 degrees by 2050. To meet this, CO2 emissions must be reduced by 85-90%.
In short, there is still much work to be done and all parties must make an effort to realize these ambitions.
In the Climate Accord, detailed agreements are made about the follow-up to the Energy Agreement and about realizing the Paris Climate Ambitions.
This translation of ambitions into tasks, resources and responsibilities is now taking place. There are several tables at which negotiations are taking place.
The built environment, industry and electricity are the important themes. The contribution of geothermal, thermal energy/TEO (Thermal Energy from water) and sewage heat to making the heat supply more sustainable is being translated into (climate) ambitions.
Locally, municipalities are given the role of director in the energy transition. Cooperation with housing corporations and the network operators of infrastructures (such as gas, electricity and heat) is important in the creation of the transition vision for heat.
Broader cooperation in the region, including neighbouring municipalities and water boards, are important for the elaboration of the Regional Energy Strategy.
The amount of renewable generation and energy savings that can be achieved locally and regionally affects the available and required volume of alternatives to natural gas. This determines and sets the framework for the technical (im)possibilities.
On the other hand, cooperation in society is the most critical factor determining the success of the transition. The interaction and cooperation between businesses, residents, tenants, buyers and other property owners is essential to the success of the transition. And that is exactly where the crux and challenge lies.
Ekwadraat speaks the language of the strategist and the implementer. We perform program and project management for various municipalities. Our energy transition specialists are ready for you with appropriate advice.
Ekwadraat is distinctive because it has technical expertise in all renewable energy sources and is able to quantify the feasibility, deployment and scale of these techniques.
This translates ambitions into feasible plans that can be realized. Mapping out possibilities and translating them into concrete projects and offering project management and guidance ensure that ambitions are realized.