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New Dutch Government coalition commits to CCS

11 October 2017

By Tom Mikunda, TNO, 11th October 2017

 

Yesterday, the newly formed cabinet of the Dutch political parties VVD, CDA, D66 and the ChristenUnie, released the long-awaited coalition agreement, a document outlining the key policies of the government for the period of 2017-2021. The plans include an ambitious acceleration in national climate policy, with the coalition striving to take responsibility for reaching the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.


The main target is a 49% reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 2030, equating to an annual reduction of 56 Mt CO2. The emission reduction targets will be formalized in a new climate law. Based on scenarios from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), an overview of the foreseen reductions per sector and associated measures have been included (see Table below).

 

Indicative share per sector of 49% emission reduction plan for 2030

Sector

Reduction in 2030 (Mt)

Measures

Industry

 

 

1

3

18

Recycling

Process efficiency

CO2 capture and storage

Transport

1.5

2

Efficient tyres, European standards, electric cars

Biofuels and urban initiatives

Built environment

3

2

 

2

Optimum energy use in office buildings

Insultation of residential buildings, heat networks and heat pumps

Energy efficient housing developments

Power production

1

12

2

 

4

1

Efficient lighting

Closure of coal-fired power stations

CO2 capture and storage from waste incineration plants

Extra offshore wind developments

Extra solar energy developments

Land use and agriculture

1.5

1

1

Intelligent land-use planning

Reduction in methane emissions

Energy production from greenhouse sector

 

Noteworthy is the contribution of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) towards the overall target, with an 18 Mt reduction from the industrial sector, and a 2 Mt reduction from the waste incineration sector foreseen. To achieve these measures, a host of supporting policies have been listed, with a total government expenditure expected of 4 billion euros per year to support emissions reduction and the energy transition. Interestingly, the long-standing feed-in tariff system, the SDE+, will be expanded to include new emission reduction technologies, where CCS is highlighted explicitly. Furthermore the government will engage with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, to support the accelerated uptake of CCS, presumably within the harbour's considerable petrochemical industry.
For further information, please contact the CATO office.


The full coalition agreement document (in Dutch) can be downloaded here.

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