New Dutch Government coalition commits to CCS11 October 2017
By Tom Mikunda, TNO, 11th October 2017
Yesterday, the newly formed cabinet of the Dutch political parties VVD, CDA, D66 and the ChristenUnie, released the long-awaited coalition agreement, a document outlining the key policies of the government for the period of 2017-2021. The plans include an ambitious acceleration in national climate policy, with the coalition striving to take responsibility for reaching the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Noteworthy is the contribution of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) towards the overall target, with an 18 Mt reduction from the industrial sector, and a 2 Mt reduction from the waste incineration sector foreseen. To achieve these measures, a host of supporting policies have been listed, with a total government expenditure expected of 4 billion euros per year to support emissions reduction and the energy transition. Interestingly, the long-standing feed-in tariff system, the SDE+, will be expanded to include new emission reduction technologies, where CCS is highlighted explicitly. Furthermore the government will engage with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, to support the accelerated uptake of CCS, presumably within the harbour's considerable petrochemical industry.
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