Saturday 27 November 2021

KLM will continue to fly to South Africa, says passengers must comply with rules

KLM will continue to fly to South Africa, says passengers must comply with rules

Dutch flag carrier KLM said on Friday afternoon it will continue to fly between the Netherlands and South Africa, despite the so-called ban on flights imposed by the Netherlands. The government said on Friday morning that it was banning flights from southern Africa in an effort to keep out a new, potentially more harmful, variant of coronavirus, which South African scientists have identified. KLM said in a statement that the decision to flag South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Namibia and... More >

Golf carts, lawn mowers need registration

All vehicles which use public roads and can travel faster than six kilometres an hour will have to be officially registered before January 1st or their owners must pay a hefty sum to have them inspected, news website reported on Monday. Over half a million motorised vehicles, from tractors to quads to golf carts and lawn mowers more than 1.3 metres wide, will have to have to be registered by January 1 2022. Tractors which exceed a speed of... More >

Energy firms moderate gas price hikes

Essent, the Netherlands’ biggest energy company in terms of client numbers, expects to put up bills by around €17.50 per month because of soaring gas prices. Competitor Vattenfall said earlier it expects customers with an average bill to face an extra €25 a month charge. Eneco, the third big Dutch player, has not yet announced its new fees. The increases are less than had been predicted when the scale of the surge in gas prices became clear. This is partly... More >

Test for entry firm not involved in fraud

Coronavirus test company was not issuing fraudulent vaccination certificates after all, health minister Hugo de Jonge has told MPs in a briefing. Earlier this week it emerged that the health ministry had made a formal complaint against, the biggest of the 23 companies offering ‘test for entry’ reports. But rather than vaccination certificates, the company had actually been issuing proof of recovery to people who had recently been diagnosed with coronavirus. This is wrong, because only the regional... More >

Ahold Delhaize: complaint on plastic use

Environmental organisations ClientEarth and Plastic Soup Foundation have complained to Dutch financial regulator AFM about an alleged lack of transparency on plastic use at Ahold Delhaize, owner of Albert Heijn and Etos. They accuse the group of breaking European rules by not publicly disclosing how much plastic their organisations use and its environmental effects. ‘As a market leader, Ahold Delhaize needs to address its overreliance on plastics and turn off the tap on single-use plastic packaging,’ said Jurjen de Waal,... More >

Supermarkets must step up recycling effort

Two years into a pledge to phase out non-recyclable packaging, two thirds of the plastic used by supermarkets is still difficult or impossible to recycle, an investigation by environmental organisation Natuur & Milieu has found. The results of the probe come just a day ahead of Thursday’s parliamentary debate on the circular economy, including the recycling of packaging materials. Researchers bought products at seven main supermarket chains plus organic food store chain EkoPlaza, all of which signed up to the... More >

Israeli firm joins Dutch meat-free sector

Israeli company Redefine Meat has become the latest meat substitute firm to set up operations in the Netherlands. The company says it has opted for the town of Best because several vegan meat companies are already located here. In addition, the Dutch consume more substitute meat than any other nationality, senior vice president Edwin Bark told the Financieele Dagblad. The company is developing a factory in a former meat processing plant in the Brabant town to supply the European, Middle... More >