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Saving energy

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In the Netherlands, businesses must comply with the energy saving regulations listed in the Activities DecreeExternal link (Activiteitenbesluit). They achieve compliance by reducing their energy demand, by applying sustainable technologies and by using renewable energy sources.

  • If your company's annual energy consumption exceeds 50,000 kWh (electricity) or 25,000 m3 (gas), you must take energy-saving measures if you can recover the costs in less than 5 years. In December 2015 for each sector separate measures were accepted.
  • If your company consumes more than 200,000 kWh or 75,000 m3, the municipal authorities may require that you carry out an energy saving study.

You must consider requirements from the Buildings Decree when building new business premises or renovating them. For example, with the energy performance coefficient (EPC) you indicate how energy-efficient your premises are.

Energy Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is an energy services model, which has been successfully applied across Europe for modernising buildings and facilities. The EPC service consists of a set of energy conservation measures normally implemented and managed by an energy service company. A new, free tool - the Energy Performance Contracting PrecheckExternal link - will help owners to decide if EPC will be economically sound.

Mandatory energy audit large firms

All companies in the Netherlands with more than 250 employees or with a gross annual turnover of more than € 50 million and a balance sheet greater than €43 million, need to make mandatory energy audits at least every 4 year.

Smart energy meter

If you have a smart energy meterExternal link, you will not have to submit meter readings yourself anymore. The smart meter in-home display (IHD) helps you to keep track of your energy consumption and the costs involved. In the event of replacement, new construction or large-scale renovation, your regional grid operator must install a smart energy meter at your location. You can also request a smart meter on your own initiative.

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