Low-CO2 heat supply in the built environment

Expected: November 2018


The Dutch government aims to realize a single aim in implementing the energy transition by 2030 and 2050: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 emissions reduction). This transition is based on international agreements such as the Paris Agreement on climate change and on national agreements on reducing the share of natural gas in the Dutch energy supply system. The recent decision to completely cease all gas production in the Groningen field adds urgency to the transition.

Background and request for advice

In 2015 the Council concluded that the transition in the built environment could proceed relatively quickly, since much was already technically possible and the Netherlands is less dependent on international policies and less affected by international competition in this area. Nevertheless, progress remains slow. Realising the energy transition in the built environment is proving to be a difficult and complex undertaking. These problems – as well as the scope of the challenge and the required acceleration – have prompted this advisory project. The Council is preparing an advisory report on the transition to a low-CO2 heat supply in the built environment, based on the following advisory question:

Which measures should the government take to ensure that all parties involved are able and willing to work towards a rapid transition to a low-CO2 heat supply in the built environment? Which measures could promote the willingness of owners/users to make an effort? Which additional financial measures and which agreements on the role and responsibilities of government authorities are necessary in order to achieve the objectives defined for 2030 and 2050 as set out in the coalition agreement?

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The Council has published an agenda, in which the council defines the focus for this advisory report on the transition to a low-CO2 heat in the built environment. Various parties, including the sector body for the built environment of the national climate agreement that the council coordinates with, consider how the energy transition in the built environment can be accelerated. With this memorandum, the Council also provides input for this debate.

Publication of this advisory report is scheduled for November 2018.

Information or response: 

For more information or to respond, please contact Folmer de Haan, f.w.dehaan@rli.nl

06 4615 2496.

Composition of advisory committee

Prof. Niels Koeman, chair

Sybren Bosch MSc, junior Council member

Ellen Peper, Council member


External committee members:

Prof. Dr Andy van den Dobbelsteen

Prof. Dr Anke van Hal

Joop Oude Lohuis