On Wednesday 21 November the brainstorming group on the Costs and effects of climate and energy policy of the House of Representatives presented a review study on the Dutch climate and energy policy 1989-2012 to the standing committee on Infrastructure and the Environment and the standing committee on Economic Affairs. This study has been drawn up by a consortium consisting of CE Delft, an independent research and consultancy organisation specialised in developing innovative solutions to environmental problems, and IVM - Institute for Environmental Studies.
The Dutch government has been pursuing climate policy since 1989, the year the country’s first National Environment Policy Plan was published. That policy is intimately linked with the country’s energy policy, which is geared partly to reducing dependence on fossil fuels and improving energy efficiency. Over the years, numerous policies have been implemented to incentivize society-wide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In order to assess the results of Dutch climate policy, the parliamentary standing committees on Infrastructure and Environment (I&E) and Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EA&I) have requested an integral review of the costs and effects of the climate policies implemented to date.