2007-2008 Chairman 20/20/20 in 2020 IBDT

IBDT is the abbrevation for Interbestuurlijk Dossier Team (meaning Interadministrative Dossier Team). This is where the Dutch central government, the provinces, the municipalities and the water boards work together in their lobby in relation to European lawmaking dossiers.

This case concerned the climate and energy package 2020 with the goals of 20% reduction of greenhouse gases, 20% generation of renewable energy and 20% energy conservation in the EU by 2020. During our discussions and negotiations, we reached shared points of view. For example that Brussels doesn’t need to prescribe where renewable energy should be generated in The Netherlands. The obligation to study the introduction of renewable energy in all changes of development plans has been removed from the final text thanks to our lobby.

The European Commission has unfolded its plan for the 2030 goals in the area of climate and energy on the 22th of January 2014. On the 21st of March prime minister Rutte and his 27 colleagues will decide on the general outlines of this proposal. If the 28 heads of government give the go ahead, the European Commission will put more detailed proposals on the table. This announced legislation offers chances to companies in the business of renewable energy and energy conservation. The proposal of the European Commission is not very ambitious. Only 40% reduction of greenhouse gases and 27% renewanle energy by 2030 for the European Union as a whole. And only noncommittal words on energy conservation. The wind and solar industry maintains that 55% renewable energy in 2030 is easily attainable. The fact that, a few years ago, Rockwool and other companies wrote a letter, expressing a sense of urgency about the lack of an Energy Directive, has led to a proposal for legislation in 2011 and a decision a year later! But this Directive will end in 2020 while energy efficiency will also provide for employment after 2020, more than renewable energy. This is the cheapest mode of climate policy and can’t be missing in Europe’s 2030 climate and energy policy.