SDR meeting with elucidation by Ed Buddenbaum and Cees Kortleve on the significance of the climate agreement for the industry

First, an elucidation was given of the conclusion of the agreement and the underlying principles.

Essential factors for the industry:

  • Ambition to be one of the frontrunners in the EU.
  • strong commitment to innovation and resources for this (cumulative € 1 billion and € 550 million SDE ++ in 2030)
  • CO₂ charge for industry, objectively and sensibly, using ETS benchmarks; levy focused on amount not on revenue
  • Major role for BIG 12 (with government support)
  • There will be an infrastructure taskforce (report 1-1-2020)
     

Climate and Urgenda agreements industry with 5 pillars

  • European and regional cooperation on high ambitions
  • Stimulate innovation, pilots and demos
  • Tax and standardization
  • Grants
  • Supporting programs

Goals:

  • Reduction tasks: 14.3 + 5.1 Mton emission reduction in 2030 and in 2050 to almost zero
  • Also via hydrogen program, CO₂ levy (national), EU ETS, use capture and CO₂ storage; EU ETS tax is deducted from national CO₂ tax
  • For Cluster Zeeland and West Brabant the emissions are 9.5 Mton at the large companies Yara, Dow, Zeeland Refinery, Sabic and Cargill.
  • Connection is sought with European policy and the strengthening of the EU- ETS
  • When updating WM (energy saving measures), the focus is on an integrated climate approach
  • Further explanation was given on how the reduction path is determined (with benchmarks, reduction factors and production volumes)
  • Transfer of exemptions between installations and companies is also possible.
  • This is based on annual reports and reassessment in the event of growth or contraction.
  • CCS is seen as a prelude to CCU.

To achieve the 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions enforced by a court decision (Urgenda case) in 2020, the government has made a budget (€ 500 million) available and cost-effective measures are being drawn up. PBL (Plan Bureau Leefomgeving - Dutch Planning Agency for environment) will issue an opinion in October 2019, which may lead to additional measures.