Consortium with NRGlab member wins 10th edition Eo Wijers competition
In the 10th edition of the Eo Wijers competition, NRGlab member Dirk Oudes was part of the winning consortium. The team of Wing, H+N+S landscape architects, FABRIC, Witteveen+Bos, Marco.Broekman and CE Delft won a shared first prize in the Eo Wijers competition. The assignment was to develop a strategy for the Stedendriehoek to become energy-neutral by 2030, a region in the east of the Netherlands.
The consortium proposed a plan, named S3H-BTK, in which the current value added tax (VAT) is replaced with a carbon added tax (CAT, in Dutch: BTK). This is because economic measures are needed to stimulate the energy transition among citizens and businesses. The CAT reveals the currently hidden environmental expenses. This taxation system needs to be implemented on the European level, but the entry explores the spatial, organisational and economic consequences of this measure for the region Stedendriehoek. This can for example result in a circular business area, where local chains of manufacturing industry are connected and attached to supra-regional connections across water, railroad and highway. Or a new way of organizing estates, where small-scale biomass is able to compete with dairy farms in the new system. This can result in an attractive small-scale living and leisure environment which is able to extract its energy from the local landscape.
The Eo Wijers Foundation has been promoting Dutch regional landscape design, mainly by organizing a prestigious competition every two to three years since 1985. After the award phase, there is an implementation phase in which the winning consortia are able to further investigate the ways in which their ideas can be realised. This will be done in close collaboration with the local stakeholders.
The full review of the entries can be viewed online (Dutch only)