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Netherlands heading towards carbon neutral economy

Updated: Mar 25, 2021


International Energy Agency
The Netherlands’ Climate Agreement shows broad social and political commitment to its energy transition. PHOTO: ImageCollab

The Netherlands is taking a balanced approach to its plans for a rapid transition to a carbon-neutral economy that will support strong growth and energy security, according to a new energy policy report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) released on 23 September. The Netherlands has focused its energy and climate policy on cutting greenhouse emissions with targets to reduce emissions by 49% by 2030 and by 95% from 1990 levels by 2050, to drive this growth.

Dr Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, says it adopted a national Climate Agreement in June 2019, developed through a process involving diverse groups from across Dutch society, working together to define policies and measures aimed at achieving these targets. He says the Netherlands’ Climate Agreement shows broad social and political commitment to its energy transition and serves as an excellent example of how collaborative policy-making can lay the framework for ambitious targets.

“The IEA looks forward to supporting the government as it implements its plans and applauds government leadership in supporting electric vehicles through incentives to buy them and significant investments in charging infrastructure. I congratulate the Netherlands for developing a broad policy framework with robust measures to drive emission reductions in all sectors. The balance of ambitious targets and competitive support measures will help drive a cost-effective energy transition,” says the executive director.