By Ellen Cools
The Dutch government agreed on Friday, Oct. 16, to phase out the use of subsidies for power stations fuels by biomass.
According to DutchNews.nl, the government made this decision because they believe there are enough greener alternatives for producing electricity and heat. However, this is conditional on the alternatives being achievable and affordable, economic affairs minister Eric Wiebes told Members of Parliament in a briefing.
The Dutch government will decide which subsidies to phase out by the end of the year and has asked PBL, an environmental assessment agency, for recommendations. However, PBL said in January this year that the Netherlands may have to use biomass in order to meet the European Union’s targets on energy neutrality.
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