90 professors ask the government for a greener economy
And they have some advice...
There are big challenges ahead for the Netherlands: together with 194 other countries we agreed upon a cleaner, greener economy. But we’re still one of the lowest ranking countries when it comes to sustainable energy. There’s work to do. And that’s what 90 professors – seven of whom are from Erasmus University Rotterdam – are asking the government in a letter.
To help the government somewhat, the professors have offered a list of 12 things we can do get this new economy underway.
- Appoint a Minister for Energy and Climate – Someone in charge of the transition
- If you pollute, you pay – Taxes on stuff that harms the environment
- Charge for CO2 emissions – Sweden did it, and it works!
- Stimulate the renovation of houses to make them energy neutral
- Stimulate sustainable energy sources – Wind & sun are our friends
- Close the coal plants – 2020, at the latest
- Charge car users through tolls
- Stimulate the development of ‘regional campuses’ – companies, universities, and research bodies working on innovation
- Teach sustainability in schools – Kids need to be prepared
- Relax laws that are in the way of the new economy – and make some new ones
- Introduce an adequate solution to the earthquake damage in Groningen
- Develop an investment fund for companies that want to invest in sustainable innovation
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