Green Energies Webinar
Time & Location
About the Event
On June 17 (evening around 7-8) we will host a new event in our Climate justice webinar series, where guest speaker Rutger Aalders will talk about the transition from fossil-fuel based energy to green energy and the steps through and through. Rutger is the Mechanical Manager of the energy department at Vicoma in Groningen. The company offers consultancy services on engineering projects and new energy transition schemes for lager companies in the Netherlands and in Europe.
The constant pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has determined the Netherlands to sign a Climate Agreement in 2019. The goal of this agreement is to reduce GHG emissions by 49% by 2030 and by 95% by 2050 (versus 1990 levels) through policies and subsidies.
One of the highest contributing industries to GHG emissions is the energy industry. Currently in the Netherlands the sources for energy are: natural gas (42%), oil (37%), coal (11%), biofuels and waste (5%), and small shares from nuclear, wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal.
For the longest part of history, Groningen has been the main source of natural gas for The Netherlands, with multiple exploitation plants in the northern area. This however has caused earthquakes which in turn resulted in damage of residential areas. Since energy systems are still reliant on gas, the Netherlands has been importing for the past couple of years, as Groningen is scheduled to be shut down as a gas harvesting spot by 2022.
Since the 2019 Climate Agreement, multiple frameworks and policies are being established and continuously worked upon in order to encourage transition to new energy across all sectors. One such tool is the Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production (SDE+) support scheme which provides subsidies for implementing renewable energy projects in companies.
The renewable energy problem is a good example of a big issue that affects all of us but cannot be solved on an individual level. Such agreements between the government and companies are the key to transitioning.
The webinar will cover what green (new) energy is, how it is different from fossil fuel derived energy and how the market is shifting towards green energy.
This is a great opportunity to get a better understanding of how companies think in regards to the climate change issues we all face. As most of us are not directly involved in solving this issue, we are still affected by it. The webinar will be on Blackboard collaborate, sign up and you will receive an email beforehand with the link