The Netherlands is very densely populated and energy intensive country. With five big industrial clusters, a big availability of natural gas, excellent infrastructure and a well-educated population. The energy consumption in the Netherlands is mainly from natural gas, imported coal and oil and an increasing amount of renewable energy. We are making the transition to full renewable energy.
Our challenge: from natural gas to hydrogen
Given the Dutch energy systems and energy demand, we need more sustainable molecules as well as renewable electricity. Hydrogen will gain importance since we want to use less gas. We work together with other countries to shape the future of hydrogen.
Given our energy demand, we won’t be able to produce all the energy in the Netherlands or at the North Sea, so import is necessary; for instance of green hydrogen, bio-feedstock, plastics for recycling.
Our harbors are well equipped for new renewable solutions and serve as an important European hub, including the ability to store, process and make use of the infrastructure to distribute.
Technological and social change and innovation
Innovation for climate change is organized in the Dutch culture of cooperation between companies, knowledge centers and governments. More over innovation for climate change is also on changing behavior, economics and systems integration for the transition is a change in behavior helped by technological innovation.
Key topics in the transition towards net zero emissions
- Renewable energy (solar and offshore)
- System integration
We are in an energy transition where variable, intermittent sources like wind and solar will become dominant sources. This causes a high demand for full systems integration to adapt to the fluctuating supply of renewable electricity, such as demand side management, storage, flexible production and optimal use of different infrastructures (electrical and gas pipelines), governed by intelligent algorithms.
For our mobility electric vehicles, hydrogen for heavy duty vehicles and synthetic or biofuels for ships and aviation may be prominent options. We are working to reform our industry acknowledging the benefits of the North Sea close by (relatively cheap CCS, lots of offshore wind, well positioned harbors) and strengthen the attractiveness of investing in a climate neutral Dutch industry and a circular economy.
Working together worldwide
We are looking forward to cooperating in projects with professionals worldwide in all the challenges we have as a small densely populated country and as all countries together towards a world on fully renewable energy.