How local initiatives help to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions - an exploratory study of Soesterkwartier, Amersfoort

The Dutch climate agreement was made in the context of the Paris Agreement. Amersfoort takes part by aiming at being CO2-neutral and waste-free by 2030. Residents from the neighbourhood Soesterkwartier have taken the initiative to create a sustainable living environment. Concerned residents have united voluntarily in the association “Duurzaam Soesterkwartier”. The association aims for being CO2-neutral in 2030 by collectively taking action. They have been active for 10 years already and together with the active inhabitants of Soesterkwartier, they are committed to meet a dual objective of reducing energy bills and  implementing sustainable measures. At this point in time, the members of the association want to evaluate how much the actions have contributed to climate change mitigation. They hope the assessment helps them to step forward in the contribution they are making in protecting the environment and to serve as an  example for other neighbourhoods.

The measures in Soesterkwartier on energy efficiency, sustainable energy production and sustainable mobility result in substantial CO2 emission reductions. In total over 10 years, approximately 15,000 tons of CO2 has been avoided and this contributes to reaching the Dutch goal of reducing emissions by 49% in 2030. Besides these emission reductions, the actions in Soesterkwartier have resulted in social, environmental and financial co-benefits. However, Soesterkwartier can mitigate even more when the rental segment is more involved. Therefore, it is recommended that financial incentives are set-up to involve those that are not able and/or not willing to be involved. Additionally, the respondents have would like to be more informed about what projects are going on and that existing projects can be repeated. Overall, the active residents of Soesterkwartier have translated their concern into actions which has proven to help mitigate climate change substantially.

The report is available here.

JPI Climate Central Secretariat, Monday 17 June 2019