You can expect to see more windmills and electric cars in the future Netherlands, according to a new agreement to halve climate-changing emissions by 2030, presented on Tuesday.
Ed Nijpels, former environment minister and chairman of a commission to negotiate changes with governmental and private organisations, said that it was important that ‘everyone contributes to make this a success,’ reported the NOS. ‘Nobody can do this alone…and this is the core of the climate agreement.’
The agreement, which will be published in full later this year, aims to ensure that the Netherlands emits 49% less greenhouse gases in 12 years, compared with 1990 levels. It has been negotiated with electricity companies, industry, transport, the built environment and agricultural businesses, although many ideas are not yet concrete targets.
Main measures outlined so far include moving more quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, building new wind farms in the ocean and installing more solar panels – although subsidies will disappear after 2025.
A million buildings and seven million homes need to be better insulated, with municipalities responsible for plans to help achieve this in different areas. By 2050, homes should be entirely gas free.
Electric vehicles and cycling will be promoted, industry will be encouraged to invest in less environmentally unfriendly equipment – with some subsidies – and changes in farming will include dealing with polluting manure differently.
The measures are intended to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which aims to limit global warming to below 2°C.
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