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New climate change plans to be published in the spring

Thursday 27 December 2012

Economic affairs minister Henk Kamp will brief parliament in the spring on his plans to reach the government’s climate targets, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Thursday.

Despite the economic downturn, the Netherlands will have to make progress on greening its energy sector in 2013, and on breathing new life into emissions trading, the paper says.

The cabinet’s target is to ensure 16% of energy production is from sustainable sources by 2020 and €3.8bn in subsidies has been allocated to help achieve this.

The previous two governments had taken a slower approach to shifting to green energy in order to profit from technological advances in other countries, the paper said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

In Switzerland I could decide from where my energy comes, be it atom, wind, hydro, import. In Holland I only have one choice, the plug. With your energy directors filling their pockets.

By Terence Hale | 27 December 2012 4:27 PM

Not true, Terence Hale. You can choose "groene stroom". Also every energy company has a "stroometiket" specifying where the electricity comes from. http://groenestroomjagraag.nl/stroometiket

By pepe | 28 December 2012 10:50 AM

@Terence Hale: you can choose your electrical provider in Netherlands as well.

I don't mind people criticizing certain aspects of life in Netherlands, but it becomes tiresome when many criticize something that is factually wrong (such as lack of choice on electricity)

Of course, if you don't own the building you live and pays an inclusive rent, the owner, not you, will pick up the electricity provider.

By A.L. | 28 December 2012 12:35 PM

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