09 June 2021 - Stakeholder national workshops

European National Stakeholder Workshop Series: The case of the Netherlands

The Dutch climate policy and sectoral developments are characterised by a variety of divergent factors from the civil society-led court-cases obliging both the government and Shell to increase climate ambition, monetary and fiscal attention as captured by the Dutch Central Bank’s (DNB) first TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) report, accelerated fossil power station closures, intensive agriculture-driven environmental and climate challenges in parallel with the country’s innovative finance and technology sectors venturing into hydrogen, electric-mobility, and renewables, as ABN-AMRO’s journey on the road to Paris highlights.

On June 9, 2021 (10.00 - 12.30 CEST), the PARIS REINFORCE project held its online national stakeholder workshop in the Netherlands, motivated by this context. Key topics for discussion included implications of the EU’s 2030 55% GHG reduction target, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding recovery measures (NextGenerationEU / Recovery and Resilience Facility), as well as ‘game-changing’ technologies, such as hydrogen – as envisaged in the national hydrogen strategy - and the role of the finance sector in decarbonisation and achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

This online workshop aimed at creating an open discussion between a broad range of climate action stakeholders representing NGOs, Academia, Business, and Government. It used unique online engagement tools and techniques to allow for a pragmatic and informative discussion on the policies and technologies required for achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The event agenda can be found here: