New coalition agreement: looking out for each other, looking forward to the future
What does the new coalition agreement mean for climate? The government wants to empower households and communities, businesses and cooperatives, and towns and cities to make a sustainable transition. They want to do that by:
- The 2030 target in the Climate Act is being tightened to at least 55% CO2 reduction. By 2035 it should be 70% and 80% by 2040.
- Implementation power will be strengthened and there will be a generation test.
- There will be a €35 billion climate and transition fund for the next 10 years, in addition to the current SDE++ subsidy.
- Procedures for the realization of new large-scale energy infrastructure projects (of national importance) are accelerated.
- Climate policies will be recalibrated based on the expected impacts on CO2 emissions and affordability for households and SMEs.
- Training or retraining/retraining sufficient skilled workers.
Coalition pins hopes on building 2 nuclear power plants to make Netherlands CO2 neutral. 5 billion will be allocated to conduct feasibility studies. For that budget, a lot of wind and solar farms can be realized, which will also produce a lot of results much faster, at lower prices.
the entire coalition agreement.
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Source: cabinet formation2021