Energy savings and decentralised generation
The essence of this acceleration trajectory is a focused continuation of the development and roll-out of energy-saving measures and decentralised energy production supported by the population and entrepreneurs. The trajectory is outlined in the programme sections ‘Energy Savings’, ‘Decentralised Production,’ and ‘(Residual) Heat.’
Social changes are designed more and more bottom-up nowadays. This also applies to the energy transition. Citizens and companies take control and not only purchase energy, but produce clean power and/or heat themselves.
Delivering added value
Not only does this contribute to production of sustainable energy, but it also enhances energy awareness and often results in energy savings. It gives citizens and companies new (economic) perspective and contributes to community building. Energy savings and decentralised generation are themes, whereby acceleration adds value in several areas.
Linking to the built environment
In SWITCH this theme is explicitly linked to the built environment. What is new, is that all existing regulations, local, provincial, and national, are cleverly compiled in a programme for existing construction and new construction that tackles a number of energy provisions at the same time: energy savings, local energy generation and storage, sustainable heat supply, and smart grids.
Combining and coordinating
The northern region wants to force a breakthrough by making the existing housing stock energy efficient. This can be done through combined and coordinated implementation of the various initiatives and the many regulations and support measures, targeting the built environment. While (SME) companies as well as private individuals are in the starting blocks as far as making the existing housing stock, new construction, and commercial and industrial building sustainable, the north has the ambition to realise a large-scale approach to this issue.
Local and regional
In this case it is obvious to be in line with the measures that will be taken to compensate for gas extraction. In addition, the region will (in part) meet the demand for heat by using local and regional heat sources. This involves residual heat and geothermal heat. The options for a ‘built environment’ knowledge centre are currently being explored, in conjunction with which the following subject sections will be optimised.
Corresponding programmes and projects