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Towards a natural gas-free Texel
Collaborating with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
The Dutch island of Texel, like the rest of the Netherlands, wants to become natural gas-free. But to achieve this goal, the participation of residents in this transition is very important. One hundred second-year students from the Human Geography and Planning programme at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) helped with this.
This is a learning survey that the program organizes annually to familiarize students with conducting research. The students conducted research in the region for a week. They studied the area and administered questionnaires and interviewed residents of Texel, entrepreneurs and policymakers, among others.
How does the support differ?
The research focused on questions such as: what contribution can and do residents want to make to the heat transition? How do they see the responsibilities of others towards a natural gas-free Texel? How does the support and possibilities for the heat transition differ between different places and why is this?
More insight into the requirements of a successful heat transition
At the end of the research, the students presented the results of their research to the alderman and several other administrators of the Municipality of Texel, plus De Kop Werkt, a regional incentive programme of the four leading municipalities of Texel, Den Helder, Hollands Kroon and Schagen and the Province of North Holland. This gave the municipality more insight into the requirements of a successful heat transition.
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