Dutch experts urge steps to a biobased economy

Corbey Commission warns that Dutch waste law is restricting the use of sustainable biomass

A Dutch expert commission on sustainable biomass chaired by ex-MEP Dorette Corbey has warned of “unnecessary costs” and “legal uncertainty” in the country’s legal framework for waste biomass.

In a report released on 29 January, the commission says the government’s interpretation of the EU Waste Framework Directive has restricted the market more than in countries such as France, Germany, the UK and Belgium.

As a result, the Dutch market lacks innovation, while opportunities to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels through biomass are lost. A transition to a biobased or circular economy with zero waste, is therefore also held back.

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