‘The climate crisis and the current energy crisis – with energy prices doubling – make it more urgent than ever to make the built environment more sustainable and to save more energy. That is why you should come up with a smart policy that is in line with the different types of companies and that helps entrepreneurs to quickly take steps into practice.’
This is what LWV/VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland write in a letter to the House of Representatives in the run-up to the debate on making buildings more sustainable on 6 April. In their letter to the House of Representatives, the business organizations make proposals to accelerate the implementation of all plans. According to LWV/VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland, making the built environment more sustainable is running into implementation problems.
It is aggravated, among other things, that the neighborhood approach for the area-oriented sustainability of homes and business premises is running very slowly and that small companies are not automatically included in this. Also, many of the regional and local plans are not yet concrete enough, for example with regard to heat and the necessary expansion of electricity networks. Furthermore, there is still no approach for commercial buildings and there are major shortages of professionals.
According to the business associations, ‘a big shovel on top’ is needed to accelerate the transition. They argue, among other things, that business premises that resemble homes in terms of energy consumption can make use of the existing scheme for making buildings more sustainable. Targeted policy is needed that is in line with the various target groups in the business community. Because a medium-sized office building is different from a small bakery.
Companies as households
The business associations propose that small companies with a comparable energy consumption as households should participate in the schemes for homeowners, such as the National Insulation Programme, as standard. Companies with relatively low energy consumption, such as crafts or the manufacturing industry, can be supported with standardized packages in coordination with sector organizations in the steps to accelerate sustainability. Companies with higher energy consumption often have difficulty financing mandatory energy saving measures. They have been helped with guarantees (BMKB-Green) and initiatives such as Savings Guarantee, with which large energy users can finance balance-neutrally.
LWV/VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland point out that the CO2 reduction targets for the built environment (offices, homes, business premises) have been raised considerably in the coalition agreement: from just over 3.4 megatons to 10 megatons of CO2. In addition to the national plans, the European Commission also made a package of proposals to make buildings more sustainable. For example, there will be an emissions trading system and the 30 percent of the worst-performing buildings must be renovated by 2030.