What key projects are necessary to make the Netherlands CO2 neutral in 2040? That was the central and massive question put before Except and Posad by the Dutch ministry. By applying network and system-analysis a surprising single answer was found: a more transparent, decentralized and accessible data-system is needed to make this happen.
In the CO2040 project a succinct solution is presented, with various example cases, to show that without accissible information about what to do, who to approach, where to look and how to connect cycles, this target of a CO2 neutral country will never materialize.
This can be solved by an overarching, national data system which is fully transparent, fully open source and is utilizeable by all parties within society.
This way the necessary connections that are needed in the areas of transportation, the built environment, industry, production chains and development can be made visible and concrete action plans can be developed to tackle the major issues first, with full information transparency.
Making the complexity of the issues tangible can be done by 'mapping’ the relations within the system. This allows the easy and real-time detection of both problems and opportunities, and an adequate response time to intercept these 'high efficacy’ areas.
To tackle major carbon-flow isuues, the solution is usually a combination between societal dynamics, physical intervention, political and popular support as well as funding. In order to get all these parties looking the same way, clear information is needed on how the current conditions impact the situation, how the new situation will improve for all parties, and what needs to be done to achieve this.
A geographical-based data registration and visualization system, based on GIS, LCA and other current technologies, could provide the basis for this level of transparency. No new technological inventions need to be made to do this: we could start executing it today.
In the report we illustrate five concrete examples of how a system such as this could aid in drastically reducing the country’s CO2 output. The examples range in scale and topic area
The book was well received by the ministery, placing greater emphasis on the various data and registration processes on the table. The research was used to create greater awareness of the necessity and power of data transparency within national setting, and its massive impact on national performance, both economic, environmental and social.