Energy policy in the Netherlands
04 Jul 2017


Energy and climate topics are high on the international political agenda. In the Netherlands, two energy covenants - MJA3 (Long Term Agreements) and MEE (running until 2020) - are currently in place. As a result of the 2013 energy agreement, both agreements have been intensified. In particular, MEE companies have been assigned to deliver an additional 9PJ of final energy savings. The industry answered to this challenge by including an addendum to the covenant which details the burden sharing among all participants of the covenant.

Six areas to explore to reduce chemical sector GHG emissions

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs is working on a new Energy Agenda to shape the policy after 2020 with an increased focus on CO2 reduction. For VNCI, it represents an opportunity to align policy closer with the six solution areas proposed by VNCI for the chemical industry to contribute to greenhouse gas reduction:

  • Sustainable products,
  • Closed material loops,
  • Replacing fossil feedstocks,
  • Energy efficiency,
  • Renewable energy,
  • CCU / CCS.

Current climate policies in the Netherlands are mainly focused on subsidising renewable energy generation and, to some extent, to financially support energy efficiency through tax reductions. The Energy Agenda in development seems to confirm the tendency to more flexibility in the policy instruments used to support the development of VNCI six solution areas.

A Roadmap 2050 to achieve ambitious GHG reduction target

In the chemical industry, the contribution of more sustainable raw materials is crucial to achieve climate policy goals. VNCI wants the chemical industry - together with adjoining sectors that work with chemical products - to achieve a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction of 80-95 percent in 2050 compared with 1990. In addition to efficiently using energy and raw materials, this will require also deep electrification and the use of alternative raw materials such as biomass and other residues. However, acknowledging the contribution of sustainable materials to climate policy’s GHG reduction target still needs to be put on the agenda of the European Commission.

How the Dutch chemical industry can meet the Paris agreement? And what will our business opportunities be in a low-carbon economy? VNCI is working on answering these two questions in a Roadmap 2050. This roadmap will outline the way in which the chemical industry In the Netherlands can contribute to a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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