Working Conference: Northern Netherlands in Transition


As the traditional energy producers of the Netherlands, the Northern three provinces have developed a very vibrant economy around the production of natural gas. Due to climate change and the fact that the region suffers from earthquakes as a result of natural gas extraction, the national government has decided to largely stop extracting natural gas in the Northern provinces by 2022. This constitutes a huge challenge to the economy of the Northern Netherlands, as a considerable number of companies will have to switch to new business models and many employees will have to be retrained or look for another job. To tackle these challenges, the four largest Northern cities have started a trajectory with the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The goal of this project is to develop an Action Roadmap that contains concrete actions that need to be taken to keep the Northern economy and its labour market vivid.

To develop this Roadmap, we will need the input and expertise from as much stakeholders and experts as possible. That is why we will organize a working conference on the 3rd and 4th of December.

On the 3rd of december, international guests will be asked to inspire us with their experience and expertise on similar transitions. On the 4th of December, the Northern stakeholders will be working together in groups on the development of the Action Roadmap. Meanwhile, we will organize tailor-made site visits to interesting projects concerning the energy and human capital transition for the international guests.


A more detailed program for the international guests can be found here. For the program for non-international guests, please click here. From there, you will also find more information about the site visits (for the international guests) and the working groups (for the non-international guests) on day two.

Contact information

For more information, you can contact Ewout Oppers at the municipality of Leeuwarden:
+316 433 65 175


To sign up for the conference, please click here.

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