In today’s rapidly evolving world, governments worldwide are seeking sustainable solutions to meet growing energy needs while reducing environmental impact. In the Netherlands, the government faces the challenge of building an ambitious, sustainable energy infrastructure that not only reduces CO2 emissions, but also paves the way to a future of renewable energy.
In this blog, we dive into the goals the Dutch government is pursuing to pave the way to a cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable energy landscape. Find out how the Netherlands is positioning itself as a pioneer in the energy transition and what impact this will have on daily life and the future of energy in the country.
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What is a sustainable energy infrastructure?
A sustainable energy infrastructure refers to a system of energy supply designed and optimised to be environmentally friendly, efficient and renewable in the long term. The aim is to reduce environmental impact while meeting society’s growing energy needs.
Some characteristics of a sustainable energy infrastructure are:
- Renewable energy sources: the use of sustainable, renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal energy. These sources can be replenished indefinitely and generally cause less damage to the environment than non-renewable sources such as fossil fuels.
- Energy efficiency: A renewable energy infrastructure aims to use energy efficiently through advanced technologies, smart grids and energy-efficient appliances. Minimising energy losses during production, distribution and consumption is an important aspect.
- Storage technologies: Integrating reliable storage technologies to manage the variability of renewable energy sources. This includes battery storage, pumped hydro plants, and other technologies to store excess energy for use when demand is high.
- Smart grids: Implementing smart energy networks that use advanced information technology to optimise energy management and distribution. Examples include monitoring energy consumption, forecasting peak hours and facilitating bi-directional energy flows.
- Decentralised energy generation: Encourage decentralised energy generation, where homes, businesses and communities produce their own energy, for example through solar panels on roofs. This reduces dependence on large, centralised power plants.
- Environmentally friendly transport: Promoting sustainable mobility, such as electric vehicles and hydrogen-powered vehicles, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and improve air quality.
The Dutch government has several goals and ambitions regarding renewable energy and wants to contribute to a more climate-friendly and sustainable society with a renewable energy infrastructure.
Some of the main goals are:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: The Netherlands aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to contribute to international efforts to combat climate change. A sustainable energy infrastructure, with an emphasis on renewable energy sources, is essential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and limit CO2 emissions.
- Energy transition: The government aims to accelerate the energy transition, focusing on reducing the use of natural gas and promoting renewable energy sources. This includes achieving energy-neutral or natural gas-free neighbourhoods and promoting electric transport.
- Sustainable energy generation: the Netherlands aims to significantly increase the share of sustainably generated energy in the total energy mix. Consider the use of offshore and onshore wind power, solar power, biomass, and other renewable sources.
- Energy efficiency: The government wants to improve energy efficiency in all sectors, including industry, transport and buildings. This can help reduce overall energy demand and optimise energy use.
- Stimulating innovation: The Dutch government invests in renewable energy research and innovation. This includes supporting new technologies, smart energy networks and energy storage solutions.
- International cooperation: The Netherlands participates in international partnerships and initiatives to jointly tackle global energy and climate challenges.
All these targets are in line with broader international agreements, including the Paris Climate Agreement, in which countries aim to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. Achieving these goals will require a radical change in the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed.
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