Technical innovations and financial instruments for a circular economy

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27 October 2015 – In the project ‘Technical innovations and financial instruments for a circular economy’, Trinomics has carried out for the Dutch Ministry of Environment an analysis of three sectors relevant for a circular economy. These are the plastics, electronical equipment and buildings sector. Three questions were examined in particular: 1) Which innovations are needed in this sector for a circular economy, 2) Which governmental instruments can provide the best incentives for such innovations, and 3) What are recommendations for an optimal application of these instruments, including the need for new instruments? The results of this study are used internally by the Ministry.

Client: Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

Project timespan: February – May 2015

INTERNAL REPORT

Energie voor groene welvaart

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November, 11, 2015 – The book ‘Energie voor groene welvaart’ (‘Energy for green welfare’) is now available from Aeneas Publishers. The book discusses three trends in the global energy sector that currently take place at the same time: a sharp rise in the share of renewable energy, continuing investments in fossil fuels and a strongly increasing energy demand in developing countries. It argues that, despite optimism by some about the proximity of a ‘green tipping point’ for the energy sector, it is more likely that these three trends will go on in the future if no drastic change of current policies worldwide takes place. More specifically, for a successful global energy transition policies need to 1) focus on a broad set of global environmental goals rather than on climate change alone in order to prevent trade-offs between these goals, 2) try to find ways to come to an agreement with global fossil interests rather than to trust in markets alone to bring about greening of the energy sector, 3) reduce the welfare gap between industrialised and developing countries rather than to see greening as a way to build up competitive advantages for industrialised countries, and 4) discuss new contents and ways of measuring ‘green welfare’, beyond BNP and material consumerism.

For more information and ordering the book at the site of Aeneas media: Energie voor groene welvaart

Client: PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. www.pbl.nl
Project timespan: May – December 2015

Read also the book reviews:

“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?

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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