The potential of collective governance for a just energy transition

MSc. Thesis by Ludo van Muilekom

The Netherlands aims for climate neutrality by 2050, targeting a 55% CO2 reduction by 2030. Municipalities lead the energy transition, focusing on renovating buildings and achieving targets on housing. Amsterdam prioritizes citizen engagement, aiming for 7,500 new homes yearly and climate neutrality by 2050. Collaborative governance is crucial, especially in underprivileged areas like Amsterdam Zuidoost. Challenges include capacity constraints and differing views on energy justice among stakeholders.

The research question at hand is, "How can a just energy transition be ensured with a local collective energy system in an underprivileged neighbourhood undergoing new development by employing collaborative governance?" A mixed-methods research approach provides insights and recommends a collaborative model involving government, the market, civil society, and citizens, with independent mediating entities bridging community experiences and energy transition complexities.

Outcomes are that government policies supporting public and local ownership are crucial, along with financial support and institutional arrangements to ensure a just and sustainable urban energy transition.

Source: TU Delft & WUR