Energy supplies in the Netherlands have reached a tipping point. The share of renewable energies will be increasing more rapidly up to 2023, due in part to joint efforts by the parties involved in the Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth. Energy savings will also increase up to 2020. Energy consumption will continue its decline, but at a slower pace. After 2020, the decline in emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants is expected to slow down as well. In order to achieve a cleaner and more reliable energy system in the longer term, new policy incentives are needed, to be guided by a long-term perspective on climate and energy policies which is yet to be defined.
These are the main conclusions in the second edition of the Dutch government report Nationale Energieverkenning (NEV) 2015, an exploratory study on the national energy policy jointly conducted by the Energy Research Centre (ECN), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and Statistics Netherlands, with contributions from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The NEV report is a yearly assessment of energy management in the Netherlands.