October 27, 2020

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Europe is forcing the Netherlands to take more action against climate change

Europe is forcing the Netherlands to take more action against climate change

Even more electric cars, isolated houses, wind farms and solar panels. New rules for airlines and shipping companies. The chemical industry has to pay more for CO2 emissions. These are the consequences of the European Commission’s tightened climate policy for the Netherlands. The discussion on the number of cows in the Netherlands is also expected to continue.

The Dutch climate agreement assumes a 49 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. With the support of the Netherlands, Europe now wants to grow to 55 percent. According to the committee, this is necessary to prevent further global warming and it can give Europe a technological lead in the world. The Cabinet is currently investigating how the Netherlands can meet the new requirements.

At the end of next month, the Dutch Agency for Environmental Impact Assessment (PBL) will present research which, according to sources, shows that the implementation of the climate agreement is not going fast enough. It is therefore also necessary to go further in order to achieve the new European target. The PBL will provide an initial technical impetus for this.

Good news for the industry

It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but the European Commission’s leaked plans seem like good news for the industry. While the most polluting companies have to pay more for the CO2 they emit, the rules in Europe are the same for all companies. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy does not expect the Dutch CO2 tax to have any additional impact if European regulations work properly. The competitive disadvantage for Dutch companies in the European market will then disappear. In order to protect European companies from unfair competition, for example from China or the USA, taxes are levied on “dirty products” that are imported from outside the EU.