Some 15% of the energy used in the Netherlands last year came from sustainable sources, up two percentage points on 2021, national statistics agency CBS said on Friday.
In particular, the proportion of solar energy used by Dutch households and industry was up 28%, while wind energy rose 13% – largely due to land-based wind farms. A further 7% was derived from domestic heat pumps.
However, most energy classed as sustainable – 40% – came from burning biomass, largely wood pulp, which many argue is not an environment-friendly option. The share of biomass-produced energy in the total fell 15%, the CBS said.
The Netherlands has pledged to ensure 27% of the energy used by households and industry comes from sustainable sources by 2030.
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