Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy

In accordance with article 14.1 of EU Directive 2006/32/EC on energy end-use efficiency and energy services, the Netherlands announced its Energy Efficiency Action Plan on 12 September 2007. The action plan contains a description of measures to improve energy efficiency in the Netherlands to achieve the indicative targets set for 2010 (11.376 gigawatt hours) to 2016 (51.190 gigawatt hours), and to comply with the requirements regarding the exemplary role of the public sector and information and advice to final customers. The plan outlines existing and future measures to address energy efficiency in the public, residential, tertiary, industrial, transportation and agricultural sectors. In the public sector, these measures include an agreement that all central government procurement will take sustainability (including energy efficiency) criteria into account by 2010. This target will be at least 50% of procurement for regional and local governments. Additionally, the central government plans to make agreements with local governments to reduce carbon dioxide, and these agreements will contain sections on energy efficiency. The plan further states that national government buildings will be climate neutral from 2012, through increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. In the case of the residential sector, the outlined measures aim to increase awareness, provide insight into self-regulation and stimulate home owners to take measures to improve the energy efficiency of their houses. The plan also provides for regulations for new houses. In the tertiary sector, the plan addresses regulatory standards for new buildings, regulation concerning environmental and energy management, energy tax, long-term agreements and benchmarking covenants, and subsidies that make investing in energy efficiency measures more profitable. In relation to the industry (non-ETS) sector, the plan contains regulatory and voluntary measures, taxes and subsidies (including the Energy Investment Deduction and the Energy Tax). The existing Environmental Protection Act contains the minimum obligations with which companies must comply, while additional efforts are agreed upon via the Long-term Agreements and the Benchmarking Agreement. In the transportation sector, measures include: fuel taxes, a motor vehicle tax and a private motor vehicle and motorcycle tax, a surcharge levy per kilometre, and a tax discount for the most efficient leased cars; long-term agreements; limitations on maximum speeds; energy labeling of cars; the Eco Driving programme; and subsidy schemes. In the agricultural sector, the plan provides for long-term agreements, subsidy schemes and an internal emission trading scheme for the greenhouse sector.

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