The Netherlands has a strong standing in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency and a leading position in wind energy at sea, biomass processing and greenhouse farming.
The energy sector contributes substantially to Dutch national income, exports and employment. The government has therefore opted for a modern industry policy aimed at making better use of the economic opportunities for both green and grey energy.
Clean reliable and affordable
A sustainable and robust energy supply is crucial as a motor of economic growth and for the wellbeing of society as a whole: it must be clean, reliable and affordable. Themes such as the internationalisation of the energy markets and reduction of CO2 are essential in achieving these higher goals. Growing demand for sustainable energy creates many new opportunities within the energy sector, such as generation, transport and trade in energy.
The Netherlands has a solid basis for further energy growth – it’s geographical location with many kilometres of coastline for wind-power; the powerhouse of key European harbours in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Antwerp (ARA); and significant natural gas reserves and the presence of a strong gas infrastructure, provide a basis from which to grow to become the energy-hub of Europe.