Dutch Climate Accord Presented
The Dutch government has presented ambitious plans to completely reorganize the energy landscape in the Netherlands. The plan needs to be realized in 2050 and 2030 is an important intermediate milestone. The bullet points:
- By 2050 CO2-emissions reduced to 5% of 1990 level. In 2030 a reduction of 49% compared with 1990.
- District heating in larger cities.
- “heat fund”, providing cheap long-term loans to the public for energy transition purposes.
- The Netherlands is divided in 30 energy regions, that each should provide plans (RES, “regional energy strategy”) how to achieve full decarbonization (thermal isolation, heat pumps, etc.).
- Electricity to become cheaper, natural gas substantially more expensive. Heating and cooking on gas needs to be phased out.
- Rapid closure of the 5 remaining coal power stations in the coming few years.
- As of 2030, all new cars need to be e-vehicles. Two-wheelers must be electric as of 2025.
- In the coming few years new e-vehicles are to be subsidized with 3000,- euro to stimulate demand.
- Road pricing almost certainly to happen (paying per kilometer, probably as of 2026)
- The size of the national livestock is to be diminished.
- Industry CO2 tax in 2021. 30 euro per ton, gradually increasing to 150 euro in 2030.