The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) has calculated the effects of this cabinet's climate and energy policy. This shows that the climate tables have completed their assignment. With the measures from the Climate Agreement, the Netherlands can fulfill the task of reducing CO2 emissions by 48,7 megatons. Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate writes this in a letter in which he presents the first Climate and Energy Outlook (KEV) 2019 to the House of Representatives. 

Eric Wiebes also notes that there is still work to be done to achieve all climate goals. Since the discussions about the Climate Agreement started, the forecast of CO2 emissions has increased in 2030, according to the KEV. This is due to various factors, including an adjustment in Statistics Netherlands figures and economic growth. With the current forecasts, the Netherlands will have to reduce additional CO2 emissions to achieve the target of a 49% reduction by 2030.

Climate targets 2020

The KEV 2019 also shows that the order of 25% less CO2 emissions in 2020 has come considerably closer. Last January, there was still a 9 Megaton CO2 reduction task. The cabinet concludes on the basis of the KEV 2019 that the gap has been reduced to 2 megatonnes.

The cabinet also sees a significant acceleration in the production of renewable energy. The share of renewable energy is expected to increase by 2017% between 2020 and 70. With this acceleration, the Netherlands will achieve its climate target for 2023, but the target for 2020 will not.

Extra measures

Minister Eric Wiebes therefore announces additional measures to achieve the climate goals. The Cabinet is focusing on measures that entice individuals and companies to convert climate measures to take. For example, the Cabinet is making a subsidy round available for projects in renewable energy via the so-called SDE +. There will also be an extra subsidy of € 60 million this year for the purchase of, for example, heat pumps and solar boilers. 

The government also wants to accelerate the installation of solar panels on government buildings, schools and private individuals. In addition to this, the Cabinet will continue to actively search for measures to achieve the 2020 targets.

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