By the end of 2021, all local councils in the Netherlands must have a Heat Transition Plan in place to achieve the targets set out above. This plan specifies when districts and neighbourhoods will stop using natural gas.
An alternative infrastructure must be in place for those areas which are abandoning natural gas in 2030. But how do you create such a Heat Transition Plan? Where do you start? For many local authorities, this presents a tough challenge.
The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) developed six heat strategies for all Dutch municipalities and neighbourhoods, identified their consequences, and calculated this using the Vesta MAIS model. Local authorities can now make informed decisions based on these results.
Location intelligence: guiding the heat transition
The national government, housing corporations and homeowners are faced with a massive challenge: the Netherlands must have stopped using natural gas completely by 2050. This calls for heat transition in the built environment. Special measures must be implemented for individual buildings to reduce the demand for heat, including home insulation and switching from natural gas to alternatives such as electricity, geothermal energy, ‘green’ gas and hydrogen. Location intelligence helps to visualise the various heat strategies available, which, in turn, enables local authorities to make decisions based on data.