Dutch competitiveness "unharmed by green policy"

Above-average environmental policy costs overshadowed by other factors, says agency

The competitiveness of the Dutch economy is not damaged by national environment policies even though these impose high costs on companies in the Netherlands relative to other countries, the national environmental assessment agency (MNP) reports in a new analysis. Green costs are "limited" compared to businesses' other production costs, it says. Factors such as geographical location and the presence of other companies have a bigger influence on competitiveness. Stringent green laws can also boost innovations that strengthen businesses, the agency says. See press release and full report (in Dutch).

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