Markets - 07/February/2019

The Dutch Energiewende: Goodbye to natural gas

The Netherlands faces an unprecedented transformation as it aims in the next 30 years to switch off its gas supplies in favour of cleaner fuels

In the 1960s, over a period of just five years, virtually all Dutch households were connected to the gas grid. Now, they have 30 years to switch off the gas in favour of cleaner fuels. The Netherlands is on the verge of an unprecedented transformation

What’s happening: The Netherlands wants to break free from its gas addiction and decarbonise its heating system

How come? Public outrage against earthquakes produced from gas production and increasing pressure to reduce emissions and deal with climate change

Realism or fantasy: There are disagreements about the best ways of achieving this transition and who will pay, but the public is behind it and experts believe it can be done

Key quote: “We need to stop talking and take action. We are talking about costs of some 0.5% of GDP. In the end the costs of doing nothing will be higher.”
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