Chapter Energy


Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

Design approach






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Abstract The prices of energy are increasing and will do so in the future, mainly caused by a growing scarcity of fossil resources. High energy-prices will have severe impacts on society. For instance, the heating of a house or the costs for transportation will increase to a level, which affects daily life of all people. Those people, who live a long way from their work, own badly insulated houses and have low incomes are the first to notice difficulties. Part of the solution is to decrease the dependency on fossil energy resources. Only then the forces relation with high prices can be loosened. The way to decrease dependency on fossil resources is the production of sustainable energy at a local level, use this energy and, if there is a surplus deliver energy to the grid and earn money with it. In order to optimise the local energy production knowledge on the local energy potentials is required. The methodology of

This chapter is written by Prof. Dr. ir. Andy van den Dobbelsteen with Prof. Dr. Victor Sergeev, Dr. Sevak Sarukhanyan, Wim Mallon & ir. Rob Roggema

Reviewed by Prof. Dr. Mr. Catrinus Jepma, University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, Scientific Director of the Energy Delta Research Centre (EDReC), the Netherlands

R. Roggema, Adaptation to Climate Change: A Spatial Challenge, 253

DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-9359-3_6, © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

energy potential mapping (EPM) gives insight in the most efficient combination of sustainable resources, which can be used at a certain location. Because this mapping is area specific and gives the combination of energy resources, it is the key to spatial planning and design. Based on the energy-mix the design of landscapes and urban areas can be conducted.

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