The Netherlands

Country Profile: The Netherlands

amsterdam01.jpgStatus: August 2010

The Netherlands still has significant amounts of natural gas and a relatively large oil refinery industry. The government focuses on further improvement of continental energy security via policies, market regulations and infrastructural measures for the trade and transport of gas and electricity. The aim of the country’s energy policy is to have a clean, affordable and reliable energy system. To fight global climate change and create a sustainable energy future, the government has set ambitious targets for the improvement of energy efficiency, the increase of production and use of renewable energy and the reduction of CO2 emissions. For further information [link 1].

Delivery of energy efficiency and demand side management (DSM) priorities in The Netherlands is undertaken by a range of agencies. The ‘Clean and Efficient’ programme runs about 100 projects executed by the programme board in cooperation with the industry and other governmental departments and agencies on the national and local level [link 2]. The NL Agency, formely SenterNovem,is the most important public energy organisation. They promote sustainable development and innovation on the national and international level, direct programmes and projects to explore renewable energy sources and assist the government in such investments [link 3]. Six Dutch ministries cooperate in the Energy Transition Platforms, which focus on different aspects of the energy transition with high economic opportunities for the country [link 4]. ECN provides forecasts for the national government on the development on energy savings and energy efficiency, including a yearly review of the ‘Clean and Efficient’ programme [link 5]. The Foundation Meer met Minder executes the ‘More with Less’ agreement by supplying information, tools, subsidies and advice to all actors involved in the housing sector to attain higher energy efficiency in houses and other buildings [link 6].