Dutch goals within the EU

Delegates of Member States of the European Union (EU) regularly meet to discuss their views on climate change policy. Together they adopt European climate and energy measures as well as agreeing on common EU positions in the global context.

2020: 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

There are 3 key objectives for 2020, also known as the “20-20-20” targets: 

  • A 20 % reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels; 
  • Raising the share of EU energy consumption produced from renewable resources to 20%; 
  • A 20 % percent improvement in the EU’s energy efficiency. 

For the Netherlands this means the following: 

  • A non- Emissions Trading System share of 16 % (binding);
  • 14 % renewable energy (binding); 
  • 1,5 % savings per year.

2030: 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

In October 2014, the Member States of the EU reached an agreement about a new climate package for 2030. EU government leaders have committed themselves to the following goals: 

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 %; 
  • Increasing the share of renewable energy to at least 32 %;
  • Reducing the total energy use in the EU with at least 32,5 %.

The objective to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% in 2030 is the basis for the EU’s contribution to the Paris Agreement goals to limit the global temperature.

Dutch goals within the EU: raise reduction to 55%

  • The Netherlands aims to raise the EU ambition for 2030 from 40% to 55% emission reduction compared to 1990 and to translate this to a robust and effective legislative framework;
  • The Dutch government considers that it is essential to fully integrate a growing supply of renewable energy into the EU energy system;
  • The Dutch government advocates the development of an internal EU energy market. 

2050: Climate neutral and circular EU-economy

On the 11th of December 2019 the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, presented the European Green Deal. This Green Deal is a growth strategy to transform the EU in a climate neutral and circular economy, while preserving Europe’s competitiveness. 

Green Growth Group: raising joint EU-ambitions

The Netherlands is also part of the Green Growth Group. The Green Growth Group is an informal grouping of like-minded climate ministers from 16 EU Member States (UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Estonia, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, Austria) and Norway.

The Group works together with a view to exploring, promoting and pursuing a cost-effective and growth-enhancing ambitious EU low carbon agenda and an ambitious, constructive and effective EU contribution to the international climate negotiations on a new global climate agreement. Among others, the group works on formulating and communicating joint positions, liaises with the European institutions, organises a platform for discussion with stakeholders and mobilises sustainable business leaders.