Energy transition: Developing an energy transition manual for festivals

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Type Consultancy assignment

Lab Vlieland is a foundation that is occupied with accelerating the circular transition. We do this by the initiation of concrete circular projects. Part of our works is realized by the use of festivals as micro-communities where questions and chances around the main environmental issues are being tested, piloted, showcased and developed further.

The goal of this internship is to research the environmental aspects, build business cases around them and make presentable cases that can convince other (market parties) to embrace and copy these project. This in order to accelerate the implementation of these circular concepts. The internship will be hands-on and very concrete in the sense that the outcome will not be a standard report, but an actually usable, clearly formulated and illustrated 'manual' style document. That will be used to facilitate the spin-off of these circular projects to the 'real' world.

What is the actual circular project where this internship will be focussed on:
The current transition of festivals towards circularity; specifically, the energy and transport transition for festivals towards carbon neutrality, which consists of three parts:
1. Alternate modes of transportation that are CO2 neutral
2. Switching from fossil to non-fossil
3. Redirecting energy consumption incentives for end users (kWh-pricing)

1. Alternate modes of transportation that are CO2 neutral - Lab Vlieland has piloted many forms of carbon neutral transportation for festivals; grand scale pedestrian and bicycle use, Electric busses, Tesla's as artist transportation, sailing (for people, beer, wine, art, and this year bicycles). These different attempts and pilots need: a clear description, a scientific calculation of actual CO2 reductions and a cost benefit analysis to make the choices clear for a wider application of these modes of transportation.

2. Switching from fossil to non-fossil - Lab Vlieland has been busy with the transition from fossil fuels to biofuels. We have made huge steps with the festival Into The Great wide Open, switching them for their local energy production (generators) to biofuels, and this year we wil attempt to also switch a part of the road transportation to biofuels. This transitional project, needs a solid scientific research/calculation of CO2 reductions, a clear description on how tot do this yourself (as a festival, or a small community) and a cost benefit analysis.

3. Redirecting energy consumption incentives for end users (kWh-pricing). In the past year we have tested kWh pricing for end users (catering, production, stages, etc.) at festivals (and will conduct a final test during ITGWO 2017). This is necessary because end users at festivals have currently no (monetary) incentive to cut their energy consumption. This due to a few different factors. We have now implemented an energy messuring system that can show individual energy usage, whch enables us to start putting a price on kWh usage per user. In this way we try to put the right monetary incentive on energy use and start steering the end users towards implementing energy saving measures.
This project needs; a solid scientific research/calculation of possible energy/fossil fuel/CO2 reductions, a clear description on how tot do this yourself (as a festival, or a small community) and a cost benefit analysis.

So in short; we are looking for an intern that can help us research our own ongoing energy and transportation transition project(s).
The final research document will have to be a summary of how these projects worked out, clear project descriptions, what the actual CO2/energy reduction figures are behind them, cost benefit analysis and convincingly explain to third parties ‘how they can do these things them selves’.


Feeling with ecological sustainability
Self motivated, own initiative
Good communication skills: able to gather information from multiple sources and people

Preference for bachelor or master student Master students
Study MSc Energy Science, MSc Innovation Sciences, MSc Sustainable Business and Innovation, MSc Sustainable Development
Field Innovation, Environmental and Energy Sciences
Starts August
Length flexible: between 2 and 4 months
Location Tolhuisweg 2, Amsterdam
Language Dutch
Compensation Onkosten vergoeding
Application procedure

You can sent an email or call Tijl Couzij:

Lab Vlieland

Tolhuisweg 2
1031 Amsterdam

Contact Faculty of Geosciences
Erika Dijksma