SDG Meetup #14 | SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

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In February, we’ll be focusing on SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy.

In 2019 The Netherlands signed the Nationale Climate Agreement, with the goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 49% in 2030 compared to 1990. This is necessary to ensure that global warming does not exceed 1.5 ℃.

The Netherlands is a frontrunner when it comes to innovations in the energy sector. During this meet-up, we will zoom into the different sectors that emit the most energy. And we will bring solutions for alternative ways to get our energy from. We will focus on the car industry and will explore the option of cars on Solar together with social entrepreneur Robin Berg. Ruud Koornstra, our National Energy Commissioner, will elaborate on the biggest pressing challenges in this SDG and possible solutions that The Netherlands is working on and whether we are able to meet our goal in 2050.


➜ Ruud Koornstra | Ruud Koornstra is an entrepreneur and pioneer of the energy transition. He founded Tendris: a company that initiates startups and projects with a sustainable character. Ruud is also chairman of De Groene Zaak and Smart Climate Opportunities (SCO). In 2017, he was named the first National Energy Commissioner of the Netherlands. Ruud travels throughout the country to convince everyone to switch to sustainable energy.

➜ Robin Berg | Endless and carefree mobility with the power of the sun. This sounds almost too good to be true. Is this feasible in order to prevent climate disruption in the coming decades? According to Robin Berg, Founder of We Drive Solar, this is the way to a sustainable city. Robin Berg started a small project in the Utrecht neighbourhood of Lombok where mobility is offered on locally generated energy. There is now worldwide interest in this combination of sustainable energy and endless and carefree mobility in new and existing neighbourhoods.

➜ Rob Terwel | Rob co-founded Kalavasta, an organization that focuses primarily on energy systems and the energy transition. They have worked with multinationals and industry organizations on the development of “final images” for energy-intensive industries in the Netherlands, working toward a climate-neutral society by 2050. In the last 12 months they have worked for various industries, network operators and NGOs on numerous issues related to emission reduction.

➜ Simon Bushell | Simon is the CEO and one of the founders of Sympower. His mission at Sympower is to contribute to the systemic change needed to stop the climate crisis. Simon is on the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurs and was named one of the top talents of 2018 by the Dutch daily financial newspaper, Het Financieel Dagblad. Alongside Sympower he was on the inaugural committee of the Dutch Youth Climate Movement (de Jonge Klimaatbeweging) and is a published researcher on the subject of climate change communication.


18:30 Grab a drink

19:00 – 21:00 Event (learn – discuss – take action)

21:00 – 21:30 Networking drinks


Sustainable Development Goals Meetup is a monthly meetup powered by SDG House, Impact Hub Amsterdam and C-Change.

The SDG Meetup series provides a continuous engagement opportunity to accelerate solutions per SDG and develop shared knowledge and resources. It is also an accessible collaboration platform for established organisations, impact entrepreneurs, SMEs, institutions and independent professionals who want to learn about and work on the SDGs in an entrepreneurial way.

Each edition focuses on one SDG (i.e. gender equality, climate change). It is an interactive evening event meant to generate new ideas, connections, collaboration and action. At each edition we invite knowledge partners, entrepreneurs, innovators and expert facilitators to co-create an inspiring environment for us.

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