Few new proposals agreed to make the Netherlands greener: NOS

The Dutch government was sued after it decided to shut its coal-fired power stations. Photo: Depositphotos.com
Blowing hot air? Agreements thin on ground Photo: Depositphotos.com

Months of debate in the Netherlands on how to meet Paris climate agreement targets have led to few clear proposals, reports the NOS.

The broadcaster claims to have seen the text of an agreement between companies, governmental and social organisations which will be presented to economic affairs and climate minister Erik Weibes on Tuesday.

It reports that there are few solid measures agreed for industry, traffic and transport to meet the target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 49% by 2030. The Paris agreement, agreed in November 2016, aims to restrict global warming to less than two degrees.


In the Netherlands, claims the NOS, the agriculture is aware of what it needs to do but shies from the most ‘painful measures’.

Companies are apparently nervous because there have been no concrete announcements about financial subsidies for alternative investments or technologies, even though seven parliamentary parties agreed the text of a new climate law last week.

Subsidy is a sensitive question in industry, says the NOS, because many firms are part of multinationals and so taxpayers might object to supporting them. A government proposal to put up €1 billion to support uneconomic but environmentally-friendly measures and invest €300,000 in research was not accepted.


There is also conflict with environmentalists about storing carbon dioxide in empty gas fields under the North Sea.

In the building and housing sector, however, plans are reportedly most concrete and involve replacing gas with renewable energy sources and improving insulation.

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