Kamerstukken / Europese Commissie


20181130 Cabinet Appreciation on Climate Act
The Dutch government has published its appreciation on the earlier proposed national Climate Act. Since the Climate Act is proposed by multiple political groups and not by the government itself, the appreciation is published after the publication of the proposal. The appreciation is supportive of the proposal since the coalition parties already support the proposal.


20181126 EC publishes long-term climate vision
The European Commission has published its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050. The strategic vision aims to achieve the climate targets of the Paris agreement and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vision emphasizes that advanced biofuels are needed in the future energy system, preferably in transport modes that have no alternatives (heavy duty road transport, shipping and aviation).


20181119 Questions regarding biomass and sustainability criteria in Dutch Climate agreement
Last week, questions were asked in Parliament by GroenLinks (Greens) to Minister Wiebes (EZK) and State Secretary Van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Board) considering biomass and the sustainability criteria of the Climate agreement. The questions are focussed on the criteria being discussed and the process of the Climate agreement.


20181116 Dutch government appeals Urgenda ruling
The Dutch court of appeal confirmed the earlier district court’s ruling that the Dutch government is bound to the climate target of 25% emission reduction in 2020 (compared to 1990 levels). In his letter, the Minister states that the Dutch government will file an appeal in cassation to the Supreme Court, because of principle legal reasons. He also stated the Dutch government will continue its steps to achieve the higher target.


20181106 Dutch Concept Integrated National Energy and Climate plan 2021-2030
Last week, the Dutch government published the draft version of the Integrated National Energy and Climate plan for the period 2021-2030. Due to the Governance regulation all member states are obliged to do so before December 31st. Member states have to file their final version of the Integrated National Energy and Climate plan (‘INEK’). As the Dutch Climate agreement is directly influencing the INEK, the preliminary version is based on the Government agreement and the Appreciation Cornerstones for a Climate agreement and contain no surprises.


20181106 Agreement European Parliament regarding proposal RED-II
Recently the European Parliament voted and officially agreed on the RED-II. The agreed text will now be discussed by the Council and voted upon in order to officially agree on the proposal. It is expected that the Council will vote in December regarding the RED-II.


20181101 Answers on questions about biofuels in Climate agreement
The Minister has sent the answers to the questions asked regarding biofuels in the Climate agreement. The full list of answers can be found here. In response to a question on the use of food/feed crops for biofuels, the Minister referred to the level of the cap as agreed in the REDII.


20181018 Questions Dutch Parliament about Climate agreement
Full list of questions asked about the Cabinet’s appreciation regarding the cornerstones of the Climate agreement. Members of Parliament asked in what way is focussed on ‘level playing field’ at the (cross sector) negotiations on the production of biofuels. Furthermore, there are questions about raising the mandate and what effect on the cascading principle (for the use of biomass), how the use of ‘unsustainable biofuels’ will be used and how ILUC is taken into account. Questions were also raised how the production of advanced biofuels (and infrastructure) can be stimulated and whether the sustainability criteria for biofuels focus on the entire production chain (well to wheel).


20181011 Evaluation management functioning of the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEa)
Last week Minister Wiebes (EZK) has published a letter regarding the evaluation of the functioning of the NEa board. The evaluation is carried out every five years (see the full report here), as required by law. The NVDB was interviewed in the context of this evaluation. Some of the main recommendations are: to change the hybrid organisation system to a structure, to replace the current (part-time) board for a Board of Directors, to introduce an Advisory Board, to strengthen the objection and appeal process (by making visible this is has not been mandated and by introducing a permanent objection committee) and to invest in knowledge sharing and an increase the number of employees.


20181011 Evaluation Report of the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEa)
Full evaluation report of the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEa)


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