By the year 2020 central government will require 30% less office space (compared with 1 January 2012). This is because central government is working to reduce the size of the civil service.
By selling buildings the government will achieve savings of € 142 million each year from 2020. Increasing the number of flexible workstations will reduce the amount of office space required.
Sustainable energy supply
Central government is a major consumer on the energy market, because it owns buildings, land and other property all over the Netherlands. Its size allows it to set an example for society.
Central government seeks to achieve a sustainable energy supply, with energy that is reliable, clean and affordable in the long term. Measures have already been taken to save energy, as in the example involving The Hague’s ‘square kilometre’, explained below.
Central government is asking businesses to come up with innovative solutions for a sustainable energy supply. In this way the government’s operational management team is promoting the transition to sustainable energy in the Netherlands.
Example of an energy-saving programme
Dutch central government is based in The Hague. The combination of buildings, infrastructure and facilities in the area around the city’s central train station is known as The Hague’s ‘square kilometre’. Both central government and the municipality of The Hague have offices there and together they have developed an energy-saving programme for the area: EnergieRijk Den Haag. The project’s aim is to make the energy supply cheaper and cleaner.