The Dutch cabinet’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 49% in 2030, compared to the levels in 1990. In the Climate and Energy Outlook 2020 (abbreviated KEV), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, PBL, describes the current state of affairs, partly based on emission figures from RIVM. It is currently estimated that the Netherlands will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 34 per cent in 2030. As in the previous report (KEV 2019), PBL concludes that the annual reduction in emissions must be doubled in order to achieve the 2030 target.

Data emissions reductions

RIVM has provided the data for greenhouse gas emissions and expected emissions of other greenhouse gases (nitrous oxide, methane and F-gases) of five sectors: industry, built environment, power, mobility, agriculture and land use. The course of the COVID-19 pandemic has also had impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Because of these exceptional circumstances, the KEV pays additional attention to this year’s emission development.

Future of energy management in the Netherlands

The KEV provides an integrated view of developments in energy supply and energy consumption, as well as of other activities that lead to greenhouse gas emissions The KEV has replaced the National Energy Outlook (NEV) since 2019. It serves as the new basic scenario for future analyses of national greenhouse gas emissions and the energy system up to 2030. The Climate and Energy Outlook (KEV) is a joint publication by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (coordination), TNO Energy Transition, Statistics Netherlands (CBS), and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), with contributions from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (