Does your company's annual energy consumption exceed 50,000 kWh of electricity or 25,000 m3 of gas (equivalent)? The Activities Decree (Activiteitenbesluit) states that you must take energy-saving measures. You also need to report what measures you have taken to save energy.
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.
Energy saving measures
Does the energy-saving obligation apply to your company or institution? You have to take recognised energy saving measures. For instance, install a hr-boiler for your heating or insulate your building. You should be able to recoup the costs within 5 years. These recognised energy saving measures (in Dutch) have been laid down for 19 business sectors.
Check which energy-saving laws apply
All entrepreneurs are subject to laws with regard to saving energy. In just a few questions this Dutch-language online tool on energy saving laws helps you determine which energy laws apply to your business.
Obligation to report energy-saving measures
If you must take measures to save energy, you also must report these measures. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has drawn up a step-by-step plan (in Dutch) to help you meet the government’s reporting obligations for saving energy. You can also find out if you are obliged to take energy-saving measures and report on this and which of the recognised energy-saving measures applies to your industry (in Dutch).
You can report your energy-saving measures via the Netherlands Enterprise Agency’s ePortal (eLoket, in Dutch) . You need eHerkenning level 2+ with authorisation for RVO services level eH2+. Once you have submitted a report on your energy-saving measures, you have to update this report every 4 years.
Exemption from obligation to report energy-saving measures
The obligation to report energy-saving measures does not apply to:
- organisations that need an all-in-one permit for physical aspects (Activities Decree type C companies)
- companies or organisations whose installations participate in the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS)
- companies or organisations whose installations participate in the covenant of Long-Term Agreements for Energy Efficiency (Meerjarenafspraken energie-efficiëntie, MJA3, in Dutch)
- companies in the horticulture sector participating in the CO2 cost equalisation system (in Dutch)
Almost Energy Neutral Buildings (BENG)
All new buildings must meet the Almost Energy Neutral Building requirements (Bijna Energieneutrale Gebouwen, BENG) to reduce energy consumption. These are strict requirements that result from the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. These requirements have been added to the Building Decree.
There is a separate requirement for the exterior of buildings. These should be designed in a way that reduces energy consumption as much as possible.
In 2023 all office buildings measuring 100m2 or more should be energy efficient and have energy label C or better. This means an energy index of 1,3 or more.
Reducing use of natural gas
Government measures to reduce the use of natural gas to combat climate change are also underway. Reduction of the use of natural gas is at present mainly aimed at housing (in Dutch).
Mandatory EED energy audit large firms
Does your company have more than 250 employees ? Or do you have a gross annual turnover of more than €50 million and a balance sheet greater than €43 million? You need to make a mandatory EED energy audit at least every 4 years.
The energy audit is part of the obligations resulting from the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). The EED requires large companies in the EU to give insight into their energy consumption, and to take possible measures.
Finance guide to energy-efficient building
Building contractors can advise their clients on financial assistance available to construct and renovate more energy-efficient buildings using this finance guide (pdf, in Dutch) by Bouwend Nederland.