Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2003
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Policy Support
Policy Target:
Agency:Ministry of Economic Affairs
Funding:Euro 35 mln

Over the coming years, the Netherlands aims to become a driving force in the transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy. There appears to be strong support from the authorities, industry, the world of research and social organisations for the Netherlands role in this. A forum is being created for renewable system innovations. This concerns not only new technologies but also organisation, entrepreneurship, socio-economic aspects and new (government) policy in particular. In this regard, the Netherlands often has an advantage such as a first-rate knowledge infrastructure and an advanced process industry. The transition towards a sustainable energy system is organised around the following four key elements. These elements are the result of a detailed review of likely initiatives, which market parties and the Ministry of Economic Affairs drew up together. The four elements are: - Biomass International: The large-scale use of biomass in the long term contributes to a renewable energy supply and is supported by the most essential parties concerned. The Dutch economy also offers attractive links, as is apparent from first analyses of the possibilities for a transition to biomass. Attention is now being directed towards designing a framework for experiments and their performance. - Biomass Action Plan - New gas services: Gas is becoming more and more important. It now also involves the traditional use of natural gas, which is beneficial to climate policy in that it has a relatively low carbon content compared to coal and oil. However, the availability of European natural gas will reduce over the coming decades. The entire gas sector is formulating strategies within a liberalised gas market. The transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy fits in with this. - Sustainable industrial production: Possibilities of enhancing the current step-by-step approach with system innovations and break-through technology are examined. After an initial exploration, attention has now been turned to developing a clear organisation and policy framework at a high level with clear objectives, selecting a number of chains and simultaneously setting up experiments. - Towards a renewable Rijnmond: The renewable system innovations with regard to relatively energy-intensive industry in Rijnmond are reviewed. It is apparent from the first phase that companies in Rijnmond are prepared to take steps towards renewable energy and energy efficiency, but this must be on condition that the “prerequisites” are in keeping with the interests of industry. The transition towards a sustainable energy system will result in: - Strategic targets for the sustainable energy system in 2020. - Ways of how to reach these strategic targets (transition paths). At the moment 22 transition paths are formulated. - Experiments: specific initiatives and projects, which are the first concrete steps towards the sustainable energy system. The Netherlands has developed an incentive-scheme to stimulate upcoming experiments (‘unique chances). In total, 35 million Euros has been made available for 2004 and 2005 for this incentive-scheme.

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