Thursday 23 September 2021

550,000 face energy bill difficulties: TNO

Some 550,000 households in the Netherlands are living in ‘energy poverty’ because they have high bills, poorly insulated homes and low incomes, research institute TNO says in a new report. The problems are concentrated outside the main urban areas, particularly in northern parts of Groningen and Drenthe, as well as parts of Zeeland. ‘These areas have a relatively large number of people on low incomes and homes where, you could say, the wind just blows through,’ researcher Peter Mulder told... More >

Butchers win misleading claim award

The Keurslager organisation, an association formed by some 400 independent butchers in the Netherlands, has won this year’s prize for the most misleading marketing information in terms of animal welfare. Supporters of animal rights group Wakker Dier vote every year for the worst liegebeest or liar and this year 18,000 people took part. Some 40% voted for the Keurslager group, which says its members offer high quality meat with an eye for animal welfare. ‘Lots of people trust their Keurslager... More >

Spending on sustainable food rises 20%

Consumers are spending more on ‘sustainable food’ in supermarkets than in previous years, thanks in part to the coronavirus lockdown and cafe closures, according to researchers at Wageningen University and national statistics agency CBS. In total, consumer spending on sustainable food – categorised as food produced by methods which go beyond the regulatory minimum in terms of animal welfare, the social impact and the environment – rose by 21% last year. In 2019, the increase was just 7%. Tea and... More >

NL must import green hydrogen

Tata Steel’s announcement that it would switch to green hydrogen in order to alleviate pollution was received with enthusiasm but large scale industrial use would quadruple the amount of green electricity currently consumed nationally and necessitate foreign imports, the Financieele Dagblad said in an analysis. This makes the hydrogen-based projects announced by multinationals such as Shell, Orsted, BP, Vattenfall and many smaller companies, so much pie in the sky, experts consulted by the paper said. TNO hydrogen expert René Paters... More >

Minister wants action on online gambling

Justice minister Sander Dekker is looking to stop big international gambling websites from offering Dutch nationals access to their sites ahead of the introduction of domestic online gambling licences next month. Companies such as Unibet, Betfair and Pokerstars have stopped directly targeting Dutch punters but do not deny them access. Technically this is breaking current gambling legislation but the regulators turn a blind eye. Dekker now wants to stop ‘providers without permits who are not actively focused on the Dutch... More >