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The Netherlands opens the door to geothermal sector with 2050 natural gas ban

By District Energy posted 09-28-2018 09:01


Tami Hood, Hydrogen Fuel News


The Netherlands has announced its intention to ban natural gas by 2050 and, in doing so, it is paving the way for the geothermal energy and waste heat sectors to expand.

The country's heating demands are currently widely served by natural gas, but this will be changing. 

As reported by Treehugger in a recent article, the government intends to create a full natural gas ban as a source of heating by 2050. At the moment, 89 percent of homes in the Netherlands are heated by natural gas. Furthermore, residential heating represents about 10 percent of the country’s CO2 emissions.

The Dutch government has released its “Energy Agenda” with the intention of bringing its economy to a nearly carbon-neutral level by 2050. That said, as impressive as this goal may sound, it will not necessarily be an easy one. There will be massive and widespread changes that will need to take place across the country in order to make it happen. Simply replacing natural gas as the primary heating fuel will be a considerable challenge by itself.

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