My presentation at the International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals, Seoul, 2016

This is my presentation held at the International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals, Seoul, 8-10 June 2016. See further: http://urbansdgplatform.org/seoulforum/overview.jsp     Mayors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,   It is an honour to present for such a diverse and knowledgeable audience.   My name is Jeroen van der Heijden. I am... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 8: How to get beyond the leadership delusion

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-8-how-to-get-beyond-the-leadership-delusion/79336   Over the last four years I have studied 60 voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings in Australia, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore and the US. Earlier this year I brought together my research findings in a book manuscript due for publication in 2016. Over the last four weeks I... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, part 7: programs in the Global South

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-7-programs-in-the-global-south/79302 Over the last few weeks I have discussed the value and limits of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings. In sum, these programs have thus far had limited impact in the transition to a low-carbon built environment. The programs I have discussed thus far are mostly from Australia, the Netherlands... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 6: Promising voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-6-promising-voluntary-programs-for-low-carbon-buildings/79188   Have the last three posts left you in despair? While writing the book being summarised in these posts, the overall narrative of poor performance surely got me down. But don’t panic. I do see the value of voluntary programs in the transition to a low-carbon built environment. They... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 5: New forms of financing for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-5-new-forms-of-financing-for-low-carbon-buildings/79140 This post addresses new forms of financing as the third dominant type of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings. These programs seek to overcome yet another problem in the transition to a low-carbon built environment: the difficulty experienced by property developers and owners sourcing funds for developing or retrofitting low-carbon... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 4: Government as knowledge broker for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-4-government-as-knowledge-broker-for-low-carbon-buildings/79037 In this post I will address a second dominant type of voluntary program for low-carbon buildings, which seek to generate and share knowledge on how to develop and use low-carbon buildings. The programs I have studied all set ambitious targets in terms of the number of low-carbon buildings they... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 3: the muddy business of low-carbon building certification and classification

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-3-the-muddy-business-of-low-carbon-building-certification-and-classification/78944   In the previous posts I discussed the difficulty of regulating low-carbon building development and transformation; and the move towards voluntary programs in this area. In this and the next two posts I will address three dominant designs of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings I have studied in Australia,... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 2: rewards and enforcement

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-value-and-limits-of-voluntary-programs-for-low-carbon-buildings/78807 In my first article I explained why voluntary programs have become popular in governing the transition to a low-carbon built environment. In this post I explore voluntary programs and their rapid uptake in a wide range of sectors and countries in more depth. I specifically address expectations about how... Continue Reading →

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