Energy is the future

The Dutch energy industry is responsible for 6% of GDP, or 36 billion euros per year. The sector employs 100.000 people per year. The Netherlands is among the largest importers and exporters of oil and oil products in the world, and has a highly developed gas industry.

The Dutch energy industry is responsible for 6% of GDP, or 36 billion euros per year. The sector employs 100.000 people per year. The Netherlands is among the largest importers and exporters of oil and oil products in the world, and has a highly developed gas industry. A gradual transition to green energy should enable Dutch energy companies and institutions to become a top economic sector.

There are three main objectives in Dutch energy policy. Our energy supply must be affordable, reliable and sustainable. Compared with 1990, The Netherlands aims to cut CO2 emissions by 2050. Renewable energy is part of the plan, but is relatively expensive at the moment. Therefore The Dutch Government is pursuing an innovation policy to drive down the cost of renewable energy and encourage large-scale application of renewables in the long term.

In addition to this long-term goal, the Netherlands has set the following short-term goals (2020):

  • 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 (compared with 1990)
  • 14 % renewable energy by 2020 (as a percentage of the overall energy requirement)
  • 20 % energy saving

It is important that our energy supply remains as reliable and as inexpensive as possible. The government has therefore opted for a balanced, best value-for-money mix of green and grey energy from domestic and foreign sources. Nuclear Energy is necessary part of the mix. Nuclear energy reduces our dependence on other (fossil) fuel sources and does not cause CO2 emissions.