Cabinet presents climate policy program | news

News feature | 02-06-2022 | 12:00

The Netherlands has big climate ambitions. In 2030, CO2emissions in the Netherlands have fallen by at least 55%, as a prelude to a climate-neutral Netherlands in 2050. To achieve this, the government is presenting the climate policy program. The policy program is aimed at 60% CO2reduction in 2030 and describes the main points of the policy for the coming years. In this way, the government sets the direction for the changes needed for climate neutrality in 2050.

With a view to the climate goals and the ruling in the Urgenda case, the government wants to reduce CO2significantly reduce emissions and accelerate the necessary transitions to climate neutrality. The policy aims to make the five sectors more sustainable: electricity, mobility, industry, the built environment and agriculture & land use. In order to make the necessary transition in each of these sectors a success, it is also necessary to focus on themes such as circularity, innovation, civic engagement and employment. The policy in each sector is based on a mix of instruments that ensure that the Netherlands will switch to sustainable alternatives: subsidization (such as subsidies for insulation in homes, production of sustainable energy and the purchase of an electric car), standards (eg as mandatory installation of hybrid heat pumps from 2026 and solar panels on large roofs from 2025) and pricing (such as tightening of CO2tax to industry and the increase in air passenger tax). This policy mix makes sustainable technologies more attractive (economically), and households, businesses and social organizations are encouraged and helped to choose the sustainable alternative.

Rob Jetten, Minister of Climate and Energy: “Our ambition is clear: we will live in a climate-neutral, fossil-free and circular Netherlands by 2050. But to achieve that, we can now not lose more time. We need to produce, consume, travel, live and generate energy in a fundamentally different way. Moreover, the choices necessary for this must now be made. This policy program must ensure that the necessary adjustments are accelerated in the coming years, that we focus more closely on the implementation of agreements, and that polluting activities receive a more fair price. ”


The government has decided to strengthen the direction of climate policy. The government will set a residual emissions target for all sectors, which makes it clear how many emissions that sector still has to emit by 2030. The ministers involved will be responsible for achieving this target in their own sector, and the coordinating climate and energy minister will follow the progress and the coherence of the implementation of the entire climate policy. The government will also set up a climate council in the autumn following the example of the Climate Change Committee in the UK. This independent scientific council will consist of 8-10 members who will assess and advise on climate policy. The Climate Council will deliver its first council on climate neutrality in 2050 in the second half of 2023. Because climate change has consequences for future generations, the government is in the process of developing a generational assessment that will provide insight into the significance of initiatives and policy proposals for present and future generations. future. A version will come before the summer, which will be tested on the basis of one of the initiatives from the policy program.


The government believes it is important to hear ideas from society. Therefore, a public hearing starts in June. From today, people can respond to the policy program via The Council of State is also consulted. After reviewing these steps, the policy program is established. The calculation from the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency in Climate and Energy Outlook 2022, which will be published in the autumn, should show whether the policy program can reduce CO2 by at least 55%.2reduction in 2030 with a high degree of certainty. In the coming months, the government will map out what additions to the policy program are conceivable and prepare opportunities for further decision-making in the government.

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