Dutch Government doubles renewable energy subsidies to €4bn

The Netherlands hopes to cut 25% of its carbon emissions by the end of 2020

The Big Zero report

The Dutch Government has announced it will double the amount of money available under its renewable energy subsidy programme to €4 billion (£3.4bn) in 2020, in a bid to meet its obligations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the end of 2020.

The government previously planned to offer a total of €2 billion (£1.7bn) in clean energy subsidies.

Eric Wiebes, Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy said: “The extra money is intended to help the country meet its promise to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

“There are a large number of projects that can offer a cost-effective contribution.”

Separately, the government introduced a new €4,000 (£3,450) grant for buyers of new electric cars.

The Netherlands generated 18% more electricity from renewable resources last year than in 2018, with solar power in particular showing strong growth, according to preliminary figures from Dutch national statistics office CBS.

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