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On Monday 29 October the two largest political parties VVD and PvdA reached a provisionalcoalition agreement after 46 days of negotiations. In order to respond to climate change and decrease of availability of raw materials, the coalition agreement provides an ambitious sustainable growth strategy. The Netherlands already has a large number of biobased initiatives and the coalition acknowledges that this ‘biobased economy’ may be one of the cornerstones for sustainable growth. The coalition strives to create a balanced and ambitious long term policy, and to create more opportunities for the Dutch business sector on an international level.
The key objectives of the coalition’s energy policy comprise:
The coalition agreement would appear to be a positive development for the energy sector. The national target is raised to 16%. The last coalition employed a target of 14%, before that the national target was 20%. The European norm for the Netherlands is 14% in 2020. The new cabinet plans to spend 212 million euros per annum on energy.
The formulated objectives provide a decent framework for the new energy policy, however further substantiation is required. Moreover, the party leaders proposed this provisional coalition agreement but their parliament members can still comment on its content, which may in their view not include essential party positions. This could lead to further negotiations.