Dutch bank pledges €100m for sustainable businesses

Dutch bank ING has pledged to invest €100 million (£87m) in sustainable businesses over three to four years. It will provide the funding through its new arm ‘Sustainable Investments’ to firms that have a “proven concept and a positive environmental impact”. It plans to target opportunities in all sectors and focus on innovative business models […]

Dutch city becomes 2018 European Green Capital

  The city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands has officially become the European Green Capital for 2018. According to the European Commission, the city has shown itself to be a leader in a number of key environmental areas. It has been particularly commended for its cycling infrastructure, ambitious targets for energy reduction, water and waste […]

EU approves Dutch €3.1m aid for CO2 transport infrastructure

The Dutch Government’s plans to provide €3.1 million (£2.7m) of public funding for the construction of CO2 transport infrastructure has been approved by the European Commission. Developed by OCAP CO2, it will transport waste carbon dioxide from energy production to greenhouses in PrimA4a horticulture area, where it will be used for crop growth. Currently these […]

Vattenfall to spend €200m on Dutch wind project

Vattenfall is to invest more than €200 million (£177m) in an onshore wind project in the Netherlands. The Swedish firm plans to repower and expand the Wieringermeer wind farm, replacing older wind mills with the latest technology, to a capacity of 180MW by 2019. It has also bought the adjacent wind farm extension, with an […]

Dutch government cuts Groningen gas production

The Government of the Netherlands has ordered a further tightening of gas production at Europe’s largest gas field. It said no more than 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas will be extracted from the Groningen field – operated by NAM – this year. Production will be limited to 13.5 billion cubic meters in the […]

Greenpeace Arctic oil protesters released

The 44 Greenpeace activists who were detained by Dutch authorities while trying to block a Russian oil tanker from docking in Rotterdam have been released. The vessel was said to be carrying the first oil from a new offshore platform in the Arctic and was on its way to Europe following Gazprom’s announcement last month […]

The Market Report – 10th December 2013

Find out about what’s influencing gas supply, power prices and what you should watch out for in this weekly update on the energy market from Ben Spry, Optimisation Desk Manager at npower. If you are blocked from seeing this video and would like your own download, please email [email protected] .

Dutch wind turbine co-op ‘breaks crowdfunding world record’

A Dutch company claims to have broken the world record for crowdfunding after it raised €1.3 million (£1.09 million) for a wind turbine co-operative in just 13 hours. The 6,648 ‘wind shares’ were sold by Windcentrale to 1,700 households at €200 (£168) a pop. For the next 12 years ‘windsharers’ will receive their own sustainable […]

Rwanda Government signs 8.5MW solar energy deal

The Government of Rwanda has signed a $23 million (£15m) deal with a Dutch company to develop a grid-level solar plant – believed to be the largest in the central and east African state. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with GigaWatt Global will include the firm designing, financing, maintaining and operating the 8.5MW solar plant […]

‘Asia’s richest man’ buys Dutch waste and energy firm

A Hong Kong billionaire – considered to be the richest person in Asia and the eighth richest in the world according to Forbes – is buying a waste and renewable energy company in the Netherlands for HK$9.7 billion (£805.3m). Four companies controlled by Li Ka-shing (pictured) including Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) entered into an […]