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Cape Forum on Green and Smart Transitions in Cities and Regions: Technical and Governance Challenges

Edited by: Dr. Maarten Arentsen, Ms. Dagmar Fiedler, Dr. Thomas Hoppe, Johan Hurink

Making the transition to smart and green energy is a number one challenge in the European Union. According to the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Perspective, energy policy needs to take into account the overall functioning of the energy system in an integrated way, not just on individual technologies. The need for a systemic perspective is also stressed in the academic literature on transitional change and transition management.

Cities and regions in Europe are gaining significance as strategic and operational actors in addressing the smart and green energy challenge. It is in the smaller regional context where new resources, technologies, organisations, and business models are developed and implemented, providing innovative technologies and energy services.

  1. Original article

    Local power and land use: spatial implications for local energy development

    The decentralised and private nature of small-scale renewable energy development does not fit traditional models of government planning and oversight. The land use impacts related to these developments are not...

    Cheryl de Boer, Richard Hewitt, Hans Bressers, Patricia Martinez Alonso, Verónica Hernández Jiménez, Jaime Díaz Pacheco and Lara Román Bermejo

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2015 5:31

    Published on: 7 October 2015

  2. Original article

    Biogas and nutrients from blackwater, lawn cuttings and grease trap residues—experiments for Hamburg’s Jenfelder Au district

    The project KREIS focuses on a new combination of renewable energy provision with innovative wastewater treatment, called the “Hamburg Water Cycle®” (HWC) which will be applied in Hamburg’s neighbourhood Jenfe...

    S. Hertel, P. Navarro, S. Deegener and I. Körner

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2015 5:29

    Published on: 21 September 2015

  3. Original article

    Local renewable energy cooperatives: revolution in disguise?

    The Eurostat statistics on the 28 EU member states’ performance in relation to renewable energy show that the Netherlands comes 25th in the EU-28. Yet, 500 initiatives were started by citizens and social group...

    J. A. M. Hufen and J. F. M. Koppenjan

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2015 5:18

    Published on: 21 May 2015


    Upscaling a district heating system based on biogas cogeneration and heat pumps

    The energy supply of the Meppel district Nieuwveense landen is based on biogas cogeneration, district heating, and ground source heat pumps. A centrally located combined heat and power engine (CHP) converts bi...

    Richard P van Leeuwen, Jirka Fink, Jan B de Wit and Gerard JM Smit

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2015 5:16

    Published on: 16 May 2015