Governance of bio-energy: The case of Overijssel


Hoppe, Thomas and Kooijman-van Dijk, Annemarije and Arentsen, Maarten (2011) Governance of bio-energy: The case of Overijssel. In: Resilient Societies Conference, IGS, 19-21 October 2011, Enschede, University of Twente.

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Abstract:Traditional regional economies are bound to change. The finiteness of natural
resources, overexploitation of soils, dependency on fossil fuels, and climate change demand a
rapid, innovative, and sustainable approach to foster the interests of current and future
generations. One of the core challenges concerns bio-energy. Switching to bio-energy is a
major issue in lowering CO2 emissions, and can be viewed as a step in the right direction
towards achieving a bio-based economy and sustainable development in the long run. The
province of Overijssel, a Dutch subnational administrative authority, aims to achieve largescale
uptake of bio-energy within its jurisdictional area. In its climate policy program bioenergy
accounts for 60% of the CO2 emission reduction needed to achieve its goals. The
chances that the goal will be achieved are high as the precondition for doing so are relatively
good in the Overijssel area: it has a high biomass potential, there is an adequate energy
infrastructure, and the region is not densely populated. Two questions are central to this paper.
First, what is the bio-energy ambition and governance approach in Overijssel? And second,
what are the bio-energy governance challenges in Overijssel?
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