Sustainable fuel mix

The government has drawn up a vision on a sustainable fuel mix for the future, explaining which fuels can best be used to power aircraft, ships, trains and road vehicles.

Sustainable goals for the mobility and transport sector

The Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth sets out sustainability goals for the mobility and transport sector:

  • By 2030 the mobility and transport sector’s CO2 emissions will be capped at 25 megatonnes, 17% lower than in 1990.
  • The European Union's target for 2050 is to cut CO2 emissions by 60% compared with 1990.
  • From 2035, all new cars sold must be capable of running without producing any CO2 emissions.

Fossil and sustainable fuels are complementary

Sustainable fuel will enable the Netherlands to achieve these goals. For this purpose, the government and the LEF Future Center have drawn up a vision on sustainable fuel. It describes how the different types of fossil and alternative fuels can complement each other. But it also looks at situations in which they do not go together.

Other parties also provided input for the vision, including the private sector, civil society organisations and knowledge institutions.

Action plan for sustainable fuel use

The vision on sustainable fuel follows on from the Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth. The visions will lead to an action plan, describing what the parties will be doing in both the short and long term. The action plan is due for publication at the end of 2014.

Sustainable fuel mix contributes to the Climate Agenda

Central government will use the vision and the action plan to develop its policy. Sustainable fuel mix policy is part of the approach to tackling climate change, as set out in the Climate Agenda. Public bodies, business and other parties are developing new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for instance through the use of cleaner fuels.

The Climate Agenda follows from European and global agreements, like the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.