Mattijs Smits

Wageningen University and Research

Mattijs Smits is an assistant professor of environmental policy at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. He researches and teaches energy transitions, energy policy and politics, energy practices, and carbon markets, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He is the author of “Southeast Asian Energy Transitions: Between Modernity and Sustainability” (Routledge, 2015).

Articles by Mattijs Smits


Renewable Energy Is Not Always Sustainable in Southeast Asia

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The transition to renewable energy in Southeast Asia has been widely publicized and lauded, but a closer look reveals that non-carbon-intensive power sources can also cause damage and enhance inequalities. A more effective strategy would focus on reducing demand.