Dutch Climate Agreement: CO2 tax and road pricing

Dutch Climate Agreement: CO2 tax and road pricing

Friday 28 June has become the day on which the Netherlands presented its Climate Agreement. Difficult discussions are settled in this. For example, there will be a CO2 tax. Research into various forms of road pricing is also no longer taboo.

In addition to a CO2 tax and a study into three forms of road pricing, national media report on changes in the energy tax that make gas more expensive and electricity cheaper, they write that stimulating (business) electric cars reduces and they mention that the government will invest in agricultural sustainability. These (extra) measures must contribute to the goal of reducing emissions by 49 percent in greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 1990.

The government wants to make the purchase of electric mid-sized cars more attractive, while reducing the benefits for business drivers. For example, the government wants to increase the addition. From 2026, the same addition must apply to business cars as to private cars. That year was not coincidentally chosen: in 2025, the government anticipates a reform of the tax system that will include road pricing.

Road pricing: “the electric rider can also pay”

Already last year, Annemieke Nijhof, chairman of the mobility sector table, stated that road pricing is necessary to maintain income if electric driving becomes the norm. “There will come a time when the electric driver can also pay for using the road. So we will have to go to a system that we call ‘pay for use’, said Nijhof in an earlier interview with DuurzaamBedrijfsleven.

“We collect around 16 billion a year from car taxes, half of which is related to excise duties on petrol and diesel.” .

The first variant is a kilometer charge that only applies to electric cars. The second variant is a form of road pricing that applies to all cars. In the third variant, driving during rush hour is additionally taxed. The next cabinet is expected to decide which variant will be introduced.

CO2 tax for industry

A lot has been said about it in recent months: a CO2 tax. Now it seems to get off the ground. According to national media, the government mentions a CO2 tax for industry in the Climate Agreement. This would be € 30 in 2021, including the ETS price. (The price that applies to the emission of a ton of CO2 within the European emission allowance system, ed.).

This price applies to CO2 emissions above a certain limit, which is why it is referred to as a marginal tax. This tax runs from € 125 to 150 per tonne of CO2 in 2030. The CO2 tax is partly returned as a subsidy to companies whose sustainable measures they can pay. Halfway through June, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) analyzed various variants of a CO2 tax in the report Cabinet proposal CO2 tax industry.

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Earlier , Theo Henrar, director of Tata Steel Netherlands, stated that with a national CO2 tax of ‘only’ € 5, the industry would already suffer adverse consequences because the international competitive position deteriorated. “Then you piss next to the pot.” Hans Stegeman, head of research & investment strategy at Triodos Investment Management, sees the future of Dutch industry more positively. Since the Netherlands is not the only one to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. If the other signatories take their ambitions seriously, they will also get to work. “Everyone faces the same challenge,” saysStegeman. At that time, Dutch industry has a head start.

Also read: CO2 tax: This is how it can look

Opportunities for sustainable business

With the Climate Agreement, the Netherlands opts for a more sustainable future. This will have implications for companies that have no ambitions in that area. “Ultimately, there is no room for companies that are not serious about sustainability. The following applies to this: the end of the exercise. ”That is what President of the Climate Council, Ed Nijpels, said in an earlier interview with DuurzaamBedrijfsleven.

“Ultimately, there is no room for companies that do not get started with sustainability”

 The Climate Agreement offers opportunities for innovative and sustainable companies. For example, Manon Janssen , chairman of the climate table industry, expects a lot from innovation in the field of hydrogen. “As the Netherlands BV, we will further expand our reputation as a leader in innovation. We are going to tap into completely new industries such as the hydrogen economy. “

Diederik Samsom , chairman of the Built Environment sector table, encourages Dutch business to develop an improved heat pump. One that is smaller, more effective, quieter and cheaper. “The company that is currently developing is a true champion.” Parties that are committed to the transition to an electric car market can also benefit, because: “The final image is simply electric,” says Nijhof.

Finally, there are opportunities for companies active in the sustainable energy market. The energy sector plays a crucial role in the success of the ambitions of other sectors. It’s not for nothing that Kees Vendrik, chairman of the sector table, described his table as ‘ the most beautiful socket in the Netherlands ‘: “We will ensure that more and more renewable electricity is produced.”