The consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly clear and tangible for humanity. Especially in developing countries. To help cities in developing countries to formulate adaptation strategies, the SDG-Adaptation-Framework links climate adaptation with the Sustainable Development Goals.
About the framework:
Given the increasing urgency linked to the consequences of climate change, the need for climate adaptation is also increasing. Cities in developing countries are especially vulnerable to climate change, not just because of their physical vulnerability but also because they lack the capacity to adapt.
To reduce the vulnerability of cities in developing countries and to make adaptation possible, adaptive capacity must be increased by means of development. One well-known framework for development is the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG-Adaptation-Framework takes the SDGs into account when adaptation strategies are being formulated.
The formulation of SDG-inclusive adaptation strategies works in two loops. During the first loop, the vulnerability of the location is analysed and linked to the SDGs so that the correct vulnerabilities and SDGs can be chosen as the focus for the adaptation strategy. The second loop focuses on developing the adaptation strategy in which the chosen SDGs are used as inspiration for an improved strategy.
The SDGs function as a catalyst for tackling all types of vulnerabilities by means of climate adaptation.
We are now looking for partners to test and further develop the framework in practice.
Interested and participating?
Please contact Jil for more information.
How do you build a new economy that everyone is talking about but for which no one has yet hatched the golden egg? And, importing hydrogen on a large scale? How do you handle that?
Simply by daring to build a business case together with key players. Not so that you can tell great stories about it but so that you can really investigate whether these players can jointly make this new economy a reality. Together with the partners, &Flux initiated and developed a feasibility study for the import of hydrogen on an industrial scale. The result? The partners are now working out the case and aim to be operational within four years.
When the attention for hydrogen took off in international politics and almost every agency started researching it, &Flux took a different approach. We opt for impact rather than fancy reports.
On our own initiative and at our own risk, we developed a proposition that will enable hydrogen to be imported on an industrial scale in just a few years. We explored the market and identified the international players that we believe are indispensable in the international value chain.
Together with them, we drew up a cooperation agreement and a confidentiality agreement, after which we wrote the project plan for the feasibility study. During a kick-off meeting on C-level, we jointly launched the project plan and became responsible for the progress and quality of the research and the report itself.
Important and indispensable: all the content had been developed by the partners themselves. With no external advisers, so it was a joint internal business development process with three corporates. And all against the background of the Covid pandemic. Intercontinental. Fully digital.
After delivery of the report and following the decision about the implementation of the development phase, the partners have now said goodbye to &Flux. And that’s good, because the result is so strong that the partners are fully committing their own resources to the next phase.
With a successful conclusion like this, we have no regrets about saying goodbye!
What is CO2: a dangerous gas or a valuable resource? The large quantity of CO2 that is emitted into our atmosphere by human activity is causing climate change. National and international government organisations now recognise that this is a threat not only to our quality of life and safety but also to that of future generations. That is why major emission reductions have been promised – for example, at the COP21 climate conference in Paris. The Netherlands wants to achieve a CO2emission reduction of 85-95% by 2050. How are we all going to achieve this?
About this proposition
Part of the answer, of course, lies in reducing CO2 emissions – for example, by investing in a cleaner energy supply and industry. However, this transition will take some time, particularly in the case of the steel industry, for example. &Flux therefore believes that another, at least as important, part of the answer lies in the (temporary) storage and especially the reuse of CO2, also called Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS). If we no longer want to use fossil fuels in the future, because they cause an increase in the CO2concentration in the air, we will have to fuel our (industrial) processes with a different carbon source. Waste and biomass are simply not adequate for this.
&Flux has therefore been working since 2016 with many partners to develop such a new system. From 2016 to 2018, we worked under the name CO2 Smart Grid on developing a (pre-)feasibility study by providing others with a Life Cycle Analysis, a Technology Assessment and a Social Cost-Benefit Analysis (MKBA). Having completed this feasibility phase, we are now working on making the CO2 Smart Grid a reality and getting CCS and CCU off the ground in the Netherlands. We are doing this under the name CO2 Smart Use.
Our proposition will have a new website from September: www.co2smartuse.com. The website includes an extensive index of national and international companies involved in CCU in the Netherlands. Would you also like to register?
Interested in this partnership?
Then contact Thea and ask your questions!
Greenhouse horticulture and data centres are among the most energy-intensive industries in the Netherlands. The energy costs are a significant part of the operating costs for both: between 20% and 40% for greenhouse horticulture and around 50% for data centres. Optimal energy supply is an important competitive factor in both sectors.
About this proposition
A great deal can be achieved by linking the energy needs of the two sectors: heat for greenhouse horticulture and cooling for the data centres. As a result, the greenhouse can save on the use of fossil fuel that is normally used for heating, while the residual heat from the data centre will be reused and also be used to produce cooling.
The development of sustainable heat grids in an unregulated market has its own specific dynamic in every environment, consisting of the physical environment, the availability of sources, (market) initiatives and the positioning of the (local) government. &Flux brought all the partners in the value chain together and drew up a development strategy for sustainable heating between greenhouses and data centres. The report aims to inspire, outline the possibilities and provide an insight into the complexity and the possible solutions. Sources, users, policy and technical innovations can be combined quickly, but the process can only get off the ground if we work together to create a heat grid.
On this project, &Flux collaborated with Royal HaskoningDHV for the technical and financial fundamentals.
As of 1 January 2020, Stedin will be the owner of the electricity and gas network at Park Nieuwland in Alblasserdam. The company can immediately start working to at least renovate the gas network. It is precisely for that gas network that investments are exciting. After all, everything in the Netherlands is aimed at reducing natural gas consumption, especially for heating purposes. Luckily, we always see opportunities at &Flux. There are a number of companies at Park Nieuwland, such as the steel industry and data centres, that cool large volumes of heat every day. This is the first challenge for the area: can we not extract this heat and reuse it for heating so that much less needs to be invested in renovating the gas network?
About this proposition
There is another opportunity: the challenge facing our entire economy is to become almost 100% independent of fossil resources by 2050. To achieve this, we will have to undergo a transition from natural gas and electricity from fossil fuels to an electricity, heat and possibly gas network, fully supplied by sustainable sources. On the user side, but also in the network itself, the interaction and synergy between these ‘commodities’ is potentially enormous. For example, we can upgrade low-grade heat with electricity, we can store surplus electricity in heat or convert it to hydrogen, we can reuse high-temperature residual heat based on combustion processes and, if necessary, we can use green gas for peak heating.
If we can get this organised, we will make Park Nieuwland an icon of the energy transition. The location where we switch to zero carbon with a Smart Energy Grid. Faster than any other business park in the Netherlands.
Together with RPS, &Flux is taking the initiative to realise this challenge. We are bringing the players in the chain together and formulating a clear challenge. We are currently working to obtain funding for the feasibility study into a ‘Smart Energy Grid’.