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Energy Report

legislation type Executive
Passed in 2011
This document is prepared by the government every four years to establish energy and climate policies. In 2011, the government presented the latest version of the Energy Report, which outlined the ambition to become more sustainable in energy and less dependent on fossil fuels in the transition to a low-carbon economy by 2050.
 As presented in this report, the three pillars of the Dutch energy strategy are to ensure reliable energy supply at competitive prices and green growth as primary economic objectives, while maintaining an international approach in the long-term transition to a sustainable energy supply.
 To expand the share of renewable energy, the government proposes a two-track policy. The long-term approach aims to make renewable energy competitive with grey energy. The short term approach aims to achieve the European target for renewable energy in the Netherlands of 14% in 2020. This target should be achieved by using for instruments: Sustainable Energy Incentive Scheme Plus (SDE+); obligation for use of biofuels in the transport sector; co-firing with biomass in coal-fired power stations; and import of renewable energy.
 The document sees the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) as the most important instrument for reducing carbon emissions. It acknowledges the need to improve the investment climate by reducing the regulatory burden and by facilitating more efficient control. This will involve an evaluation into the Electricity Act 1998 and the Gas Act, to assess the scope for deregulation, reduction of control costs and the administrative burden and the costs associated with compliance.


  • 14% share of renewables by 2020, then 16% by 2023
    Energy | Trajectory target | Target year: 2023 | Base year: 2020, 2023
  • 1.5% savings of final energy consumption by 2023
    Energy | Base year target | Target year: 2023 | Base year: 2023
  • 80-95% cut in GHG by 2050 compared with a business as usual scenario
    Economy-wide | Base year target | Target year: 2050 | Base year: Business as usual scenario
  • 60% cut in GHG from transport by 2050 against a 1990 baseline
    Transportation | Base year target | Target year: 2050 | Base year: 1990
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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