20th March 2020
EP Desk

The Dutch government has announced it will double the amount of money available under its renewable energy subsidy program to €4 billion (£3.4bn) in 2020, in a bid to meet its obligations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the end of 2020.


The government previously planned to offer a total of €2 billion (£1.7bn) in clean energy subsidies.


Eric Wiebes, Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy said: “The extra money is intended to help the country meet its promise to cut carbon dioxide emissions.


“There are a large number of projects that can offer a cost-effective contribution.”


Separately, the government introduced a new €4,000 (£3,450) grant for buyers of new electric cars.


The Netherlands generated 18% more electricity from renewable resources last year than in 2018, with solar power in particular showing strong growth, according to preliminary figures from Dutch national statistics office CBS.

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