Climate Agreement

Last updated: 3 October 2019

The Netherlands negotiated a national climate agreement in 2018 and 2019. The agreement was concluded and presented on June 28th 2019 and touches upon every aspect of the climate and energy domain, including energy efficiency. A concept agreement was presented in December 2018.


This agreement superseeds the previous Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth (2013) following the new more stringent ambitions from Paris. The Climate Agreement contains measures and actions to attain the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 49% by 2030 compared to 1990. More than 100 parties developed a draft plan for a Climate Agreement in 2018 to be assessed on its possible impact by PBL (the Netherlands Environmental assessment Agency) and on its financial consequences and inputs from government by the Rutte III government. On June 28th, 2019 the government sent a letter to parliament and others with a proposal for a Climate Agreement. The government herein included a number of changes relative to the draft agreement from 2018 in order to address concerns that were raised. This proposal forms the basis of this overview.


The proposed Climate Agreement provide a broad basis for cooperation and negotiation where there is a need to address operational concerns and/or new developments.


Under the new climate agreement, the government and other parties, have identified a number of general policy measures for energy efficiency in various sectors which will be continued beyond 2020. The most important are.