2010 analysis: main findings
The 2010 Climate Policy Tracker showed that while the Netherlandshad formulated a strategy with targets for 2020, the implementing measures were insufficient. The stability of the Dutch (renewable) energy and climate policy is a key point to be taken into consideration. Success stories are:
- The Netherlands is considered a frontrunner in developing sustainable biomass criteria, although these criteria are not obliged for government support.
- Energy taxes for households are relatively high, representing 50% of the total consumer price.
- The Netherlands provides substantial support for energy efficient new cars with fiscal incentives; both for private and company use.
- The Netherlands lacks an ambitious, long-term and binding national target to provide long-term certainty to all stakeholders (See for example UK, Ireland).
- The stop-and-go policy for renewables needs to be replaced by a stable, long-term system, as the ongoing discussion about replacing instrument creates investment uncertainty. Removing budget restrictions from the current support system SDE+ would be an important step in the right direction (see Germany for example).
- The recent change in taxation for new vehicles and continued support for electric vehicles are steps in the right direction, but the ambition level for for energy efficiency in existing fuel-based vehicles need to be increased.