Policy & Regulation

Netherlands shifts further away from gas

The Dutch government dealt a blow to the gas industry with plans to phase out gas for heating and support CCS for industry rather than energy producers The Dutch government dealt a blow to the gas industry with plans to phase out gas for heating and support CCS for industry rather than energy producers.
By Annemarie Botzki 3 January 2018 0 28933
Wildervank station, Groningen gas field, Netherlands. (Skitterphoto)

Plans to phase out gas use may be the only way the Netherlands can return to its role as a net exporter, given the doubts surrounding future production from its giant Groningen gas field.

Eric Wiebes, the newly appointed Dutch minister for economic affairs and climate, said in December that the country’s energy transition plan would involve phasing out gas for heating by 2030. Wiebes expects to present a bill based on the plan to the Dutch House of Representatives in the second half of 2018. 

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