Practical information

Date: Thursday, 23 April
Time: 13.00 – 14.00 CEST
Location: Online

The Paris Agreement of 2015 serves as a guideline for the energy transition, targeting on CO2 reduction and implementing renewable energy sources. The energy transition currently focusses on replacing fossil-based sources by renewable sources for electricity, heating/cooling and transportation fuels. However, renewable energy generation (wind, solar PV, solar heat, carbon-free fuels, geothermal, hydro, tidal,…) requires much more space than fossil-based energy generation (coal, oil and gas). Nuclear is an exception to this rule but suffers from societal objections. Therefore, spatial integration will increasingly become an issue, especially for densely populated countries where each hectare can have multiple destinations: housing, agriculture, nature, transport infrastructure, climate adaptation, landscape, etc. As such the energy transition will spatially compete with other functions/sectors. The Netherlands is such a densely populated country: 17.5 million inhabitants on 4 million hectares. To meet the Paris targets the Dutch government adapted the current institutional design for spatial governance, the National Environmental Vision (NOVI).

In this webinar we will discuss the spatial impact of the energy transition based on recent studies carried out in the Netherlands. These studies indicate that renewable energy provision has a substantial spatial impact which requires difficult choices to be made that will have a serious effect on society at large.


  • The spatial impact of the energy transition based on recent studies;
  • The difficult choices to be made especially for densely populated countries.


Dr. Theo Fens

Dr. Theo Fens

Dr Theo Fens is an independent consultant, associated partner at Deloitte Consultancy and associate partner at the Global Gas Netherlands Initiative. Since 2002 he has been senior research fellow at Technical University of Delft, Faculty Technology, Policy and Management. He specialises in strategic consultancy in the energy and utilities sector.

Due to the Coronavirus we’re no longer able to organise the Energy Learning Activities as we used to, at Zernike Campus in the Energy Academy Europe. Together with our colleagues at the international business school Energy Delta Institute – also part of New Energy Coalition we’ve carefully selected several webinars with suitable topics and speakers that fit right in to the Energy Academy Programme as you know and love!

This event is a public event organized by the Energy Academy and is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen. The Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Programme. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the Energy Academy Certificate.