Dutch European Commissioner Frans Timmermans is pushing to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent, and to achieve this by 2050, according to a 'Green Deal' he and European Commission chairman Ursula von der Leyen will present on Wednesday. The package of measures will overhaul the entire European legislation, the Volkskrant reported on Tuesday.
Roughly 1.5 million households will likely find it difficult to pay their energy bills in 2030, a worrisome increase compared to today, when over 650 thousand Netherlands households have a tough time handling the price of electricity and gas. The research, from agency Ecorys and reported on by Trouw, defined households as being energy impoverished if they spend at least ten percent of household income on payments to energy providers.
A new study of senior managers at Dutch businesses found that firms in the Netherlands are spending far more than normal on training and developing their staff. The study also found that many of the business leaders were focused on improving sustainability, but that they were divided on the Brexit issue.
The average Dutch household now spends a larger share of their income on basic needs like housing, healthcare and energy than in 2008. They therefore have less money left over for services and items. As a result, households now consume less than before the crisis, while at the same time spending more money, ING's economic office said on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
Illegal cannabis cultivation costs Dutch society around 200 million euros per year, through stolen electricity and missed taxes, according to the sector organization for gas and electricity network operators Netbeheer Nederland, NU.nl reports.
Both Amsterdam and Rotterdam made it to the top 20 of the 100 best cities in the world to live on Arcadis' Sustainable Cities Index. Amsterdam is in 11th place, Rotterdam made it to 19th
A massive 700-megawatt wind farm set for construction in the North Sea will cost the Dutch government 2.7 billion euros less in subsidy than initially planned. Construction of the project at the Borssele site, 22 kilometers from the Zeeland shoreline, was awarded to Danish firm DONG Energy, Economic Affairs minister Henk Kamp announced on Tuesday.
Electricity production from coal in Dutch power plants increased for the fourth year in a row in 2015, according to Statistics Netherlands. Last year 39 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity was generated using coal, a 35 percent increase compared to 2014.
More than half of Dutch households can expect to pay an average of 50 euros less on their energy bills next year, due to a decrease on the variable energy rates.
An explosion at a nuclear power plant in Beveren, Belgium posed no threat for the surrounding area, a spokesman told Belgian media. A transformer blew up, causing a small fire at the site of Doel 1, a nuclear reactor that was closed down in February.
With reporting by Zack Newmark.
At least four people were injured Wednesday morning when two different explosions occurred in a biomass power plant in Borssele, Zeeland, the regional safety office reported. The office says all four were hospitalized, however broadcaster Omroep Zeeland says two people received serious injuries and were rushed to an area hospital and the others were treated at the scene.
Two Dutch startup companies landed on the World Economic Forum’s list of the year’s top Technology Pioneers, “the most prominent and forward thinking tech companies,” the organization announced Thursday.
Solar panels in the Netherlands yielded 15 percent more energy than average during the first 5 months of the year, leading to 30 euros extra discount on the energy bill for solar panel owners. The reason for the more energy is that the country had more sunshine than usual.
SBM Offshore is laying off more workers than initially expected, the gas and oil supplier announced on Thursday at the presentation of the figures for its first quarter performance. The company had a significantly lower turnover than a year before, partly because of the sharp decrease in the oil prices, reports Telegraaf.
Inflation in April rose mainly due to increase in phone prices, reports Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There are now more new models that are sold at higher prices than their predecessors. The developments in food prices are also affecting the level of inflation.
Shoppers in the Netherlands spent 2.4 percent more on consumption goods this February than a year before, marking the largest increase in four years, reports Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Consumers particularly spent more on natural gas, clothing and home furnishing.
Many energy suppliers provide consumers with solar panels insufficient information about feed-in pricing and the amount they can earn from pumping the power they generate back into the national network, the Consumers and Markets Authority (ACM) stated on Friday. The regulator's conclusions were determined following an investigation of consumer complaints
The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) and Nike have revealed the new away kit for the Dutch national football team in celebration of the Dutch style of play, KNVB press release states. The association says that the new kit combines the evocative Dutch national colours and a design that captures the "exhilarating speed of their football."
The Netherlands and Belgium are strengthening cooperation in the field of defense, counterterrorism, security, embassy relations and energy, the Dutch cabinet revealed in a press release Wednesday.
The number of full time jobs for freelancers decreased in 2014, while the number of freelancers in the Netherlands increased.
Gas extraction in Groningen failed to adequately consider the safety of the province’s residents up until 2013, a report released on Wednesday by the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) says.
The Dutch government has no plans to change the amount of gas extracted out of Groningen this year, wrote Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp on Thursday. The current level of 39.4 billion cubic meters was recently introduced to reduce the risk of earthquake, and that will remain in effect for now, according to FD.nl.
The Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, will be visiting China next week, in an attempt to bring Dutch entrepreneurs and scientists more opportunities in burgeoning Chinese markets. Like Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan's similar trip to China in October 2014, the goal will also be to bring more Chinese investment and tourism to the Netherlands.
In an attempt to bring an end to unruly comparison websites, the Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets (AFM) will tighten rules and issue licenses to regulate the industry. Websites which fulfil the function of mediator, and receive remuneration when a company gains a new member through the website, must apply a license before 17 November.