New Dutch energy policy exceeds Europe requirements, cabinet criticized as not enough – NL Times – 11/10/2017

The new Dutch government presented a very ambitious energy policy in its government agreement on Tuesday. By 2030 the Rutte III cabinet wants the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions to be 49 percent lower than the level it was in 1990, a higher goal than what European rules currently demand. The governments is also planning to [...]

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Renewables to produce 85% of global electricity needs by 2050 – Climate Action – 06/09/2017

On Monday, Dutch quality assurance and risk management company DVL GL published its Energy Transition Outlook 2017 report and predicted that by 2050, 85 per cent of global electricity needs and 44 percent of total energy needs will be met by renewables.

Source:  Climate Action, 06/09/2017

By |September 7th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Grexit, Nexit, Frexit: Is a new sovereign debt crisis in the making? – Natixis – – 23/02/2017

In view of the analysts at Natixis, Frexit is clearly the market mover right now but more generally, investors are concerned that the Eurozone could see a resurgence of the sovereign debt crisis.

Source:, 2017/02/23

By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dutch parliament votes to close down country’s coal industry – The Guardian – 23/09/2016

The Dutch parliament has voted for a 55% cut in CO2 emissions by 2030, which would require the closure of all the country’s coal-fired power plants. The unexpected vote on Thursday night by 77 to 72 would bring the Netherlands clearly into line with the Paris climate agreement, with some of the most ambitious climate [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

New incident at Belgium’s Tihange 2 nuclear plant

The troubled nuclear reactor, close to the city of Liege, has been shut down after a motor failure. Neighboring countries, including Germany, have called for the permanent closure of the ageing plant.

Source:  Deutsche Welle, 2016/06/11

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

The Netherlands on tracks in the renewables field

Last week, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) released a new set of figures about energy consumption in the kingdom in 2015. And the global news flow is rather positive. In 2015, the Netherlands indeed used more energy from renewable sources, such as solar power and biomass, than previous years. In total, 5.8% of the energy consumed in [...]

By |June 8th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

Dutch Lawmakers Call for Halt to Wood Energy Subsidies

The NetherlandsÍ plans to rely on wood energy to produce electricity have been thrown into turmoil, with lawmakers fearing the program will waste money, hurt the environment and prolong the lives of polluting coal power plants. The burning of wood to produce electricity has been expanding across Europe, where it is heavily subsidized by national [...]

By |February 16th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Dispute over Belgian nuclear reactors exposes EU’s conflicting energy agendas

A dispute among Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, centered on a pair of 40-year-old Belgian nuclear reactors roughly an hour’s drive from large cities across the border, is laying bare a growing European rift over nuclear energy. The nations are clashing amid deeply conflicting attitudes on a continent where carbon-free nuclear energy has fallen out [...]

By |February 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Safety, cooperation, supply and mistrust: the nuclear energy policy in Belgium amid turmoil

We said it last year when assessing Belgium: “the energy supply risk profile will remain high over the foreseeable future, only mitigated by the interconnections of the power and gas grids, by the access of the country to the international fossil fuels markets and by the extension of nuclear plants lifetime. The 2003 Law, which [...]

By |January 28th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

The Monthly Scoreboard is out: what’s new?

We already talked a lot about the situation in Turkey. Indeed, over the past months, the relationship with Russia has known few ups and downs… Most of all, a lot of downs lately… and we will therefore be monitoring the evolution of these diplomatic ties along the coming weeks as a potential rerating factor. Turkey [...]

By |January 12th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |