Seven parties in parliament have reached agreement on the text of a new climate law which says the Netherlands should aim to cut carbon dioxide production by 49% (compared with 1990) by 2030
In addition, the new law says that there should be a legally binding reduction of 95% by 2050 and that electricity production should also be 100% CO2 neutral by then.
‘This is the most ambitious climate law in the world,’ said GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver. ‘It is historic and it is going to change the Netherlands.’
The four coalition parties, plus GroenLinks, Labour and the Socialists have been working on a new climate law since February.
The new climate law is not the only measure being worked on to reduce climate change in the Netherlands.
The government has also set up five groups of experts to look at ways to reduce the Netherlands’ dependence on fossil fuels in different sectors.
The group looking at the built environment, led by former Labour leader Diederik Samsom, recently recommended gas tax hikes. Others are focusing on transport, industry, electricity generation and agriculture.
Their recommendations are due to be published in the next few weeks.
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