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Taking measures to save energy

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

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. Recognised energy saving measuresExternal link (in Dutch) have been laid down for each sector.
  • 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 Building Decree 2012 when building new business premises or renovating them. For example, with the energy performance coefficient (EPC) you indicate how energy-efficient your premises are.

Check which energy-saving laws apply

All entrepreneurs are subject to laws with regard to saving energy. In just a few questions this handy Dutch-language online tool helps you determine which energy lawsExternal link apply to your business.

Obligation to report energy-saving measure

On 1 January 2019, the government opened an ePortal for reporting which energy-saving measuresExternal link (in Dutch) your company has taken. Since 1 July 2019 reporting energy-saving measures is compulsory for companiesExternal link (in Dutch) which use 50,000 kWh of electricity or 25,000 m3 of natural gas.

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 years.

Smart energy meter

If you have a smart energy meterExternal link (in Dutch), 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.

Finance guide to energy-efficient building

Building contractors can advise their clients on financial assistance available to construct and renovate more energy-efficient buildingsExternal link using this finance guide (in Dutch) by Bouwend Nederland.

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