Using global warming as vector of growth for The Netherlands

Max Sprenger final report: Sustainable Development  ISG 2015

Netherlands Oosterscheldekering generatorEnergy is a paramount resource to mankind and fossil fuels are more and more scarce. Not only are they scarcer, they also have a huge impact on the environment and become more expensive.

The Netherlands is in a particular threatening situation. Due to geographical reasons, the country is greatly influenced by water which it has been fighting most of its existence. In recent years the politics on water management have changed in order to be able to survive increasing water levels.

The main struggle of this century is to convert society towards renewable energies in order to save fossil fuels and better the environment in a sustainable way. An average Dutch person would need 3 Earths to satisfy its needs; we cannot afford that.

In this essay we are going to study the context in which The Netherlands is evolving today. In a first part we are going to talk about the current situation and predictions of the climate and mankind’s impact. We are also going to look at what steps nations undertook to remediate to the issue by looking at existing treaties.

In a second part we will be looking at the existing structures in The Netherlands and the extreme case of the Maldives.

In a third part we will be looking at the environment in which The Netherlands evolve by looking at Europe, its energy usage and the forecast for the coming years. Using the European objectives as a time frame.

In the last part we will be trying to answer the question of how to take advantage of global warming and create opportunities for hydraulic power in Netherlands and maybe become one of the first European nations being for the most part powered by green energy.

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Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the IMBA Seminar on Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy of the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Paris, March 2015.

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