Recharge Earth is two days of thinking, acting and working together on the energy transition. Sharing knowledge and experiences in order to arrive at concrete solutions that determine a new energy future.
The first edition of the Recharge Earth congress took place on September 8 and 9 2021, with plenary meetings with appealing keynotes, breakout sessions to further discuss the opportunities and challenges surrounding the energy transition and various site visits to interesting projects and areas. There were also several networking options during the conference.
Recharge Earth focuses on two focus areas:
CITIES & COMMUNITIES
Agreements in the Paris Climate Agreement require a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions and thus the phasing out of fossil fuel consumption. The millions of homes and other buildings that are still dependent on natural gas must be supplied with heat in a different way and energy consumption must be reduced. Together we want to come up with innovative solutions for the transition to sustainable, future-proof and smart municipalities.
PORTS & INDUSTRIES
The Dutch ports and industrial complexes are among the best in the world. The nodes provide an important share in our exports, are locations for many (international) companies and directly and indirectly create many jobs. They are also indispensable links in the realization of solutions for the challenges in the field of the energy transition.
Within these focus areas we address various themes:
Technology & Innovation
Innovations are essential to make our energy system climate neutral by 2050. The energy transition requires new processes, technology and services. Through targeted innovation and the right technologies, we can accelerate the energy transition, significantly reduce costs and create new jobs and (export) opportunities.
Financing & New business models
The energy transition will only succeed if everyone can participate and must therefore be feasible and affordable. Which financial and fiscal instruments make the investments possible? And what opportunities are there for innovative new business models? And how can consumers also become active players in the new energy system?
Infrastructure & energy transition
From a centrally organized system we are moving to a more decentralized system with much more complexity, but also much more dynamism. Integration and flexibility are crucial for a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system. The integration of previously separated energy flows creates the flexibility that is needed to fit renewable energy into the energy system. Infrastructures must be linked together in order to carefully balance generation, transport, storage and consumption in the energy system, so that different energy forms and technologies can reinforce each other.
A coordinated approach with national and international cooperation can accelerate the energy transition. By sharing knowledge and findings, we can learn from experiences abroad and use technical developments from other countries. Conversely, we can exploit the knowledge and innovations that we develop in the Netherlands internationally and discover opportunities for new markets.
To make the energy transition a success, public support must be created. How do we involve and motivate people, which form of cooperation and communication is effective, how do we reward desired behavior and how do we translate technical solutions into solutions valued by residents? These insights are necessary to create trust and accelerate the energy transition from a shared interest through top-down initiatives and bottom-up initiatives.