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Five hot areas the Dutch Climate Agreement aims to cool down

Last week, the main concepts of the Dutch Climate Agreement were announced. Companies, authorities and interest groups met at five discussion tables to come up with plans that would result in at least a 49% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030 and a 95% reduction by 2050. The prime reason for having organized this session is to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement (not to go over the maximum of 2-degree temperature increase). We, MK Subsidy, support all innovations which make life sustainable and which contribute to making the world a greener place. The five discussions included the following themes: Electricity, Built Environment, Industry, Agriculture and Land Use, and Mobility. Read below to see what each team has come up with!

Electricity

According to those representing this industry, green electricity needs to become more prominent. More wind farms need to be built and green electricity needs to be generated on land as well. All Dutch regions are to follow assignments from the government and are to decide how to address those to the maximum.

Tip! If you’re an innovator in this field, apply for this subsidy: Stimulation Sustainable Energy Production SDE+!

 

Built Environment

Until 2050, about 8 million buildings will have to become more sustainable. The good news is that there already are many startups innovating/willing to innovate in this field and many skilled workers are enthusiastic to realize this goal. One of the outcomes of this discussion is that while the taxes on gas will increase, they will decrease on electricity, so that people are incentivized to install sustainable heating. 

Tip! If you’re an innovator in this field, apply for these subsidies: Environmental Investment Allowance (MIA) and Urban Energy!

 

Industry

This table had a hard time arriving at common conclusions, because they have to deal with international competition. In order to keep the competitive position, companies often ask for financial support, i.e. for subsidies, to make their processes increasingly sustainable and compliant with the Climate Agreement. It is not only sustainability that Industry has to focus on – making processes increasingly efficient and making better use of electrification and waste could make the companies reach the climate targets. 

Tip! If you’re an innovator in this field, apply for these subsidies: Environmental Investment Allowance (MIA), Operational Program East (OP-East) and LimburgMakers

 

Agriculture and Land Use

Concerning agriculture, the reduction of methane emissions needs to take place, CO2 needs to be captured in natural elements; such as in bushes and trees, and organic matter needs to be captured in soil. People need to contribute here too – the population is asked to move to consuming more vegetable protein and to avoid food waste.

Tip! If you’re an innovator in this field, apply for these subsidies: Environmental Investment Allowance (MIA) and MIT!

 

Mobility

Currently, there’s a few electric Teslas, Renaults and Opels appearing on the Dutch roads. However, the electric car trend needs to spread. Driving an electric vehicle needs to become affordable and needs to become the norm. Buses and freight transport also must become electrified. Hydrogen could have an important role when it comes to the electrification of vehicles. Also, logistical optimization in the supply chain needs to happen, because currently, some vans are not using their storage capacity to the fullest.

Tip! If you’re an innovator in this field, apply for these subsidies: Environmental Investment Allowance (MIA), Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and DKTI!

 

All in all, there is still a lot to be done in all these five Dutch sectors. Luckily, if you’re one of those groundbreaking innovators, you can apply for some recently announced subsidies! Pitch your project to our consultants and they will take it from there. We can guarantee you that you’ll be more than happy with us! Happy pitching :). 

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