Dutch to relaunch housing energy subsidies

Government to end "inefficient" support for domestic improvements in favour of bigger projects

The Dutch government has proposed a new subsidy scheme to cut housing carbon emissions, with a stronger emphasis than previously on economic efficiency. Details are contained in a letter sent by environment minister Pieter van Geel to the parliament on 26 November.

The existing scheme went €96m into the red in 2003, its last year of operation, as householders rushed to apply for fixed subsidies to fit solar panels. The government now views the approach as having been inefficient.

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