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The Hague’s Climate Plan

The Municipality of The Hague is working hard to become a CO2-neutral city by 2040. The Climate Plan outlines the city’s main spearheads for reaching this goal.

The Climate Plan (Klimaatplan van Den Haag) is one of the programmes within the framework of the memorandum called ‘On the way to a Sustainable The Hague’ (Op weg naar een Duurzaam Den Haag). The plan outlines the highest priorities in terms of living, working and transportation until 2012.

Becoming a CO2-neutral city by 2040 is not an easy task. Generating energy in The Hague should not lead to the release of any CO2. This means that natural gas will no longer be used to produce heat in the city but only sustainable energy like wind and solar energy.

The Hague’s plans for realising these goals can be found in the Energy Outlook (Energievisie).

The 7 spearheads

The Climate Plan and the Energy Outlook aims to become CO2 neutral by putting into practice the following 7 points:

  1. energy savings
  2. underground heat and cold storage
  3. solar energy
  4. wind energy
  5. geothermal energy. This is the use of terrestrial heat for heating homes and businesses
  6. more district heating. An example of district heating networks is when your home is heated with hot water supplied by pipes.
  7. extraction of energy from biomass. This means, for example, that energy is extracted from burning organic material such as plant waste.
Climate Plan (PDF, 3,2 MB)

What else is the municipality doing?

In addition to these seven points, the municipality wants to learn more about different forms of renewable energy, the economic repercussions and national developments.

In order to capitalise on the knowledge and strengths in the city, the municipality will look at whether a local renewable power company and a climate centre are possible. The municipality will work together with different partners in the city. Because working to become a CO2-neutral city means that everyone in the city needs to join in.

Climate goals

The Hague’s climate goals are:

  • a climate-neutral city in 2040
  • a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020
  • 20% more sustainable energy
  • 20% energy savings (compared to 1990).

For more information, visit the Dutch-language municipal site on sustainability.

Published: 4 March 2014Modified: 22 February 2018