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Consequences of ‘Paris’ are becoming clear

 

At the end of 2015, an historic climate change agreement was adopted. There were big cheers. But what are the consequences for the 195 countries – including the Netherlands – that signed the agreement? The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) listed them all.

 

The conclusion reached by the PBL is clear: the Paris climate change agreement demands far-reaching reduction of the emissions from greenhouse gases, also in the Netherlands. Without a strong policy, this will not succeed. For the Netherlands, the Paris agreement means limiting the emissions of greenhouse gases by 80 percent or more in 2050. Numerous measures are required to achieve this goal. Improving the sustainability of the electricity supply will also have to be continued. With a yield of 600 megawatts, Gemini is a good example here: it provides sustainable electricity for 1.5 million people and a reduction of CO₂ emissions by 1.25 million tons a year.

The development of offshore wind parks will probably be given a strong boost following the agreements recently reached by Minister Kamp with the countries bordering the North Sea. And a consortium led by landscape architect Dirk Sijmons (bureau H+N+S) has studied what that sustainable energy supply will eventually look like for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). For example, 25,000 windmills will be installed at sea (the Netherlands now has a total of 2,000). Gemini shareholder Van Oord took part in the ‘2050 – An Energetic Journey of Discovery’.

 

 

 

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