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
June, 1st, 2015 – The Dutch magazine for international relations ‘Internationale Spectator’ features all topics that are relevant to Dutch international politics, including peace, defence and justice, development, economics, agriculture, health and EU policies. Of course, energy, climate and resources are also an important part of the broad spectrum of issues discussed. Having been previously a regular author for the magazine, I am now a member of the editorial board responsible for international energy, climate and resource topics. The magazine was modernized in 2015 and continues as a web-magazine.
Client: Internationale Spectator. Webpagina Internationale Spectator
Project timespan: Ongoing since 2013
June, 1st, 2015 – Together with colleagues Egbert Tellegen and Onno van Sandick I am writing monthly book reviews of current environmental books for ‘Milieu’, the magazine of the Dutch Society of Environmental Professionals (VVM). For every new issue, we try to select the most interesting publications for the members of VVM from a very broad range of new (mostly, but not exclusively Dutch) literature available. Environmental economics, philosophy, sustainable building, greening agriculture, local initiatives and many other topics have already been discussed in our regular two-page column. And we hope to continue sampling from all interesting environmental publications that become available every year in the near future.
Client: VVM Dutch Society of Environmental Professionals. www.vvm.info
Project timespan: Ongoing since 2013
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June, 1st, 2015 – The young and ambitious environmental consultancy Trinomics (previously Triple E Consulting) was founded in 2013 and has its main office in Rotterdam. With a staff of some 10 professionals with a broad range of backgrounds and from a variety of EU and non-EU countries it serves clients in the international arena, and in particular on an EU level.