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MSc Thesis AMS Institute - A just heat transition: Assessing the future of heat supply in Amsterdam using an energy justice framework

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The Paris Agreement has set goals for carbon dioxide reduction to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. On top of this, the Dutch Climate agreement has formulated the ambition to reduce CO2-emissions with 49% in 2030, compared to 1990. The transition from natural gas to alternative sources of heat has been started because of these and other factors. This thesis explores the impact of the transition from the natural gas heat supply to sustainable heat provision on energy justice in the metropolitan area of Amsterdam.

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Currently, the trends of decentralization, increased citizen responsibility, the focus on CO2-emission reduction targets and the previous decades of liberalization all lead to concerns about the effects of the heat transition. These effects are largely unknown to date and will depend on political choices that are made, underpinned by public values.


At present, these values are overshadowed by the urgency of a rapid transition. In order to address these values, the academic field of studying energy justice has emerged, in which justice principles are applied to the field of energy production, consumption, policy, activism and security. The emergence of the concept energy justice offers an interesting framework to assess the decisions related to the heat transition. Therefore, the following research question is formulated: What is the impact of the transition from the natural gas heat supply to sustainable heat provision on energy justice in the metropolitan area of Amsterdam?


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