Thijs van Spaandonk

picture: Fred Ernst

A guided tour through the exhibition by Thijs van Spaandonk, one of the curators of WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY?

Bospolder-Tussendijken is one of the circa 5,000 districts in the Netherlands that, according to the National Climate Agreement of 2019, will have to become gas-free. Initial experience shows that this is not at all easy. There are problems everywhere, for instance with implementation and, above all, financing. And that's why sufficiently broad public support is lacking. Actually, we just don’t know how to wean our districts off of natural gas.

Adding value
Thijs van Spaandonk questions the current business model of the energy transition. Do citizens, given that they are the financiers of energy transition measures and consumers of energy, get value for money? In his guided tour, he will talk about what role citizens can play and how they, based on that role, and in collaboration with others, can make real choices about making their district more sustainable. A process is needed whereby the energy transition must be linked to other transition challenges confronting the living environment. He argues for an energy transition that does not see the district as a revenue model, but that focuses on a new energy system that adds real value to the quality of life in neighborhoods.

In WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY? –curated by George Brugmans (IABR), Eva Pfannes (OOZE) and Thijs van Spaandonk (Bright)– IABR shows the interim results of the Atelier's research and explores which steps to take next, towards concrete action.