On Tuesday July the 10th, the Dutch Climate Agreement has been published, in which a large group of stakeholders made agreements on how to meet the Paris treaty. With a consortium of spatial design firms, we investigated the spatial consequences and opportunities of the energy transition. FABRICations joined the mobility table. These four lessons show the relevance of researching the mobility transition in relation to space:
Lesson 1: The fuel transition does not only take place ‘under the hood’. It has large spatial effects, since different fuel mixes (hydrogen, bio-fuels and battery) have large consequences on the required space for energy production.
Lesson 2: An integrated and future-ready urban mobility plan in combination with smart, compact urbanism can result in a significant reduction of CO2 emissions.
Lesson 3: Corridor landscapes, bundles of highways, railroads, waterways and bike routes, will transform into energy landscapes where energy is harvested, transported and used.
Lesson 4: The biggest opportunities for combining mobility and energy infrastructure are on a regional level, for instance with regional heat networks and cycling highways.
In the image above: Potential locations for dynamic charging trajectories (Left) and for combinations of cycling highways and regional heat networks (Right)
In the image above: Dutch corridor landscapes, like the one between Rotterdam and the Ruhrgebiet, will transform into energy landscapes
This and much more information can be found in the document ‘Ruimte in het Klimaatakkoord’, which will be published soon