The Dutch Government wants to help people with local sustainable projects that are hard to get off the ground. For example, sustainable energy or energy-saving projects. It does this by means of a "Green Deal".
The Rutte-Asscher government will prioritise energy conservation by extending the Green Deals approach.
Citizens, companies, local councils and stakeholder organisations are continually finding their own ways of being more energy efficient and sustainable. For example, by saving energy or even generating their own. But these initiatives do not always get off the ground, perhaps because of confusion about licences, lack of collaborative partners, or ambiguous regulations. Central Government would like to help to remove some of these barriers.
More green economic growth
With the Green Deals the Netherlands is making concrete steps towards a sustainable economy, coupling more green energy with economic growth, and with projects that pay for themselves. The Green Deal helps to remove obstacles and achieve more rapid results. The greatest benefit of each Green Deal however follows later, because each deal is suitable in principle to be imitated by others.
Current status: Over 50 Green Deals
The first registration in 2011 produced a good 200 useful ideas. These in turn led to around 59 actual Green Deals. In the coming years the Government hopes to conclude more Green Deals. The themes are energy, raw materials, mobility and water.
Evaluating the submissions
- The Government evaluates proposals on the basis of the following criteria:
- they must concern specific sustainable initiatives in the field of energy, raw materials, mobility and water;
- the project must (potentially) be profitable;
- the project must produce rapid results (within the term of this government);
- the project must lead to new economic activity or energy saving for companies.