Climate Act

Last updated: 3 October 2019

In addition to the Climate Agreement, a new Climate Act was adopted in 2019 by Parliament, establishing a long-term legal framework for government climate policies. The Climate Act contains ambitions and a structural and legally binding framework for planning, anchoring and regularly assessing and evaluating  progress and effects. There will be an annual climate and energy outlook report (KEV) by PBL, providing information on realised effects and projected effects. The government has also to periodically update its climate policy plan (klimaatplan).

The proposal for the Climate Act was sent to parliament in June 2018. It calls for a 49% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, and a 95% reduction by 2050. The Act should give individuals and companies in the Netherlands more certainty about the climate goals.

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