The Netherlands opts for green growth with regard to the living environment and sustainable development. With the Green Deal, the government has given space to innovative initiatives from society since 2011. This is how the transition to a sustainable economy is accelerated.
How does a Green Deal work?
When implementing sustainable initiatives, companies, governments and citizens can encounter barriers. The Green Deal exists to take these away. The role of the government in this varies each time. For example, think of:
- removing obstacles in legislation and regulations
- making networks accessible
- support access to the capital market
- input of knowledge
Green Deals inspire others and pave the way for future sustainable initiatives. That's how they make an impact. Green Deals last an average of 2 to 3 years. Their central themes are:
- raw materials
- bio-based economy
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) supports the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate, Infrastructure and Water Management, the Interior and Kingdom Relations and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the implementation of Green Deals. As a company, social organization or local government, you can register your sustainable initiative all year round.
European Green Deal
The European Green Deal has existed since 2019 and is a roadmap to make the EU economy more sustainable. The goal is to be climate neutral by 2050. This is also the aim of the European Commission. The European Green Deal and the Dutch Green Deal are separate entities.