System development in the public interest
The transition is complex and broad in scope; that’s why a widely supported vision of the system of the future and the key steps required to achieve this. Numerous parties and government bodies are working towards this. EBN is playing its part through research, advice, innovation management and broad-based strategic partnerships – all in the public interest. With this approach, we can build a sustainable, well aligned energy system more quickly together.
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A sustainable gas system
In the Netherlands, we are winding down gas production: the Groningen field is close to being closed, and production from the small fields is falling. Homes and businesses are cutting their energy consumption year after year and switching to other, more sustainable energy sources. Still, the need for natural gas remains high. Even though we are increasingly switching from gas to solar, wind and other renewables, there is still too little of these to meet the total demand. And all the while the large-scale production of other sustainable energy sources and carriers, such as green gas and hydrogen, still needs to get off the ground. That sustainable gas system remains the ambition in the Netherlands, meaning it’s our ambition too.
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Responsible carbon storage
The Netherlands is making ever larger strides towards a carbon-neutral future. We are switching to energy from the sun, wind and other renewable sources. We are taking measures to use less energy and to reuse more materials. Only, we are failing to make deep enough cuts in emissions and we are not doing this fast enough. Storing CO2 deep under the seabed is an essential and efficient further step towards limiting the impact that our remaining use of fossil energy has on the climate during the transition.
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A sustainable heat transition
A warm home, comfortable offices, productive plants, factories and commercial greenhouses: some 40% of all the energy we use in the Netherlands is used for heating and for industrial processes. That’s a huge proportion! It also means a big opportunity to accelerate the energy transition. Making our heat more sustainable would be a gigantic step forward.
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