what, why & how
WHAT WE DO AND WHY
Sustainable Solutions is a international operating organization that facilitates sustainable mobility, clean energy and urban development in emerging economies and developing countries. Our primary focus is on projects that have a strong positive impact on local society. There is a world to gain – literally and figuratively – in emerging and developing regions. By sharing knowledge with local partners, significant progress can be made in reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality, accessibility and overall quality of life. The local population will benefit through better health and social emancipation. But these changes also will have a global impact. Sharing our knowledge and know-how is both an opportunity and a responsibility for the Western world.
HOW WE WORK
Sustainable Solutions acts as partner in all phases of a project: from problem analysis, to developing a solution, to implementation. We actively seek collaboration with Dutch and international partners that complement each other, like including private parties, public institution (Municipalities of Amsterdam and The Hague) in the field of sustainable mobility in large cities. It has a focus on the bicycle as a relevant mode of transport developed in an integrated strategy including the three elements of Hardware (infastructure), Software (social and cultural elements) and Orgware (management preconditions). Aiming at transfer of knowledge and experience through a capacity building approach.
The Directorate Urban Land and Transport (DULT) of the state of Karnataka (india) requested our Dutch team to support them to develop a masterplan cycling which can serve as a framework for bicycle policy in Karnataka city’s. The framework for this masterplan cycling is been developed in two local workshops in 2015 and a proposal in 2016. The relation between cycling and public transport is an important aspect in this framework. The introduction of bike sharing system is an second important element.
Bangalore has as main city in the state with 8 million inhabitants the biggest problems with accessibility and health due to heavy air pollution and lack of physical exercise of its citizens due to the use of cars.
Commissioned by the municipality a Bicycle Masterplan Tehran (BMT) is been developed last summer. It is an integrated strategy for a period of five year for the first phase for this huge city of 9 million population. Tehran is suffering under air pollution and traffic jam. Key element of the BMT is the introduction of cycling as the first and last mile mode of transport linked with metro network. A save and connected network of bicycle paths with a number of 200 km will be constructed in the centre districts. The bicycle modal share will be increased to 1.5% in the city as a whole and a higher percentage in the city centre.
DIRK DE JAGER
I started my career in 1989 as project leader for an alliance of local trade unions, farmers’ organisations, international research agencies and the international trade union IUF. My brief was to strengthen the position of plantation workers and small farmers in the cocoa industry. In four years’ time I worked in Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Malay, Hungary and the US. My work formed the starting point for the production of Fair Trade chocolate.
In 1993 I became project leader for the European trade union EFC-IUF. I travelled to nearly all EU countries to advise on the development of European work councils at multinationals in the food industry.
After seven years abroad, I relocated to Amsterdam in 1996 to work as an executive at the Dutch trade union FNV in Amsterdam.
I combined this with a committee membership for SOMO, an international foundation that investigates multinationals.
From 2002 to 2014 I worked as alderman in the Amsterdam boroughs Westerpark and West, where I was responsible for transport, public space, sustainability and the development of two residential areas. In that period I created room for cyclists, pedestrians, children and flora.
In 2014 I started Sustainable Solutions because I believe in approaching man in relation to his surroundings. The central thought in my work is that improvements in the physical environment always affect social conditions. Think globally, act locally. Feel locally, act globally.