Our member Klimaatverbond recently informed us that the Dutch Agreement on Energy for Sustainable Growth concluded between 47 organisations in 2013 is finally available in English. Combining an innovative governance platform with a systemic approach to energy and climate policy, this type of agreement sets the example when it comes to achieving climate and energy targets.
Innovative and encompassing
The Dutch Agreement on Energy for Sustainable Growth gathers businesses, associations, local governments and unions. Negotiated by the representatives of the parties during eight months, this agreement sets up innovative governance and monitoring mechanisms. A main body called Standing Committee and composed of representatives of the signatories is in charge of monitoring the implementation of the agreement, amending it if needed and setting an agenda going beyond the agreement’s validity. Several tools (available in Dutch only) such as an online dashboard and annual reports and analyses have been created to allow the public to follow the agreement’s progresses.
The agreement is also innovative in its approach and scope. Constituted of 12 pillars, it encompasses the various sectors concerned by the energy transition (energy efficiency measures, the scaling up of (local) renewable energy production, the ETS, the transport sector, …).
A first step in the right direction
April 28, 2016