‘Additional measures needed to meet European climate requirements’

Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans presented a plan in July that was called ‘Fit for 55’. By 2030, CO2 emissions in the EU should be reduced by 55 percent. By 2050, the European economy should even be climate neutral.

The proposals in the ‘Fit for 55’ package have ‘significant consequences for Dutch climate and energy policy’, notes the PBL. In some cases, a change of course is even necessary. This concerns, for example, the Dutch sustainability plans for industry.

“Through the agreements in the Climate Agreement, the Netherlands is committed to a temporary important role for the capture and storage of CO2 and the use of blue hydrogen. However, Europe is opting for the mandatory use of green hydrogen, and firm targets for renewable heat and energy saving,” the statement concluded. PBL in its analysis.

With blue hydrogen, which is cheaper, coal and natural gas are the raw materials. Green hydrogen is about renewable energy such as wind turbines and solar panels


The proposal threatens to make the Dutch transition more expensive until 2030, says the PBL. More renewable energy must be generated in our country. Europe is aiming for 40 percent in 2030, the Netherlands is aiming for 25 percent. The PBL thinks that more windmills should be placed near the sea.

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