Turning off the gas tap: Sustainable Energy Policies, Practices and Prospects in the Netherlands

Julia Backhaus*

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    This chapter describes efforts to transition to more sustainable ways of living in the Netherlands. Backhaus captures the status quo of Dutch sustainable energy policies and projects in clarity and brevity, suggesting that prospects to live up to the commitment made in the Paris Agreement are dim. The Perspective project, a major, yet not well-known Dutch research programme in the 1990s discussed as best-practice example, suggests that substantial change is possible. Like most past and current sustainability efforts, the Perspective project focused on individual behaviour change. It qualifies as best-practice example by demonstrating that living well, healthy and sustainably can go hand-in-hand. Marking the Dutch cycling culture as an example, Backhaus proposes that, rather than targeting individuals, future sustainable energy policies and programmes should best address infrastructures, social norms and collectives.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnergy Demand Challenges in Europe: Implications for policy, planning and practice
    EditorsFrances Fahy, Garry Goggins, Charlotte Jensen
    Place of PublicationCham (CH)
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-20339-9
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-20338-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • energy policy
    • energy consumption
    • energy behavior
    • energy demand
    • energy-related practice cultures
    • energy transition
    • sustainable energy


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