Netherlands' energy-saving policy failing
The Netherlands has been failing to achieve its energy-saving ambitions for years, according to a Court of Audit report presented on Wednesday.
This means it’s doubtful whether the country will meet agreed European targets like cutting CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2020.
“Energy saving policy is inadequate,” is the conclusion of the report entitled . Big energy users like electricity companies remained partially exempt from energy tax, for example, even after a covenant on energy saving was largely abandoned.
The report also slams the EU CO2 emissions trading system, which it says “frustrates national policy”. Until 2005 the major power consumers were obliged under Dutch law to take energy saving measures, but this obligation was lifted with the advent of the trading system.
The government should focus policy on companies that don’t take part in the trading scheme or on long-term innovation, the report recommends.
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