Dutch goals within the EU

Delegates of Member States of the 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. 

Dutch goals within the EU

  • The Netherlands advocates that the EU translates it’s international commitment to achieve at least 40% greenhouse gas reduction in 2030 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. 

2020 EU goal

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 EU climate package

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 27%;
  • Reducing the total energy use in the EU with at least 27 %.

The objective to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% in 2030 was submitted in March 2015 as the EU’s pledge in the run up to the negotiations on a new global climate agreement at the international climate summit in Paris in 2015.

Green Growth Group

The Netherlands is part of the Green Growth Group. The Green Growth Group is an informal grouping of like-minded climate ministers from 15 EU Member States (UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Estonia, Luxemburg and the Netherlands) 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.