Drechtsteden Region opts for new energy

Regional Minister Han Weber is to sign the energy agreement with municipalities and waterboards on the Drechtsteden Region on Friday 23 February: All buildings and homes free of natural gas.

The signing marks the completion of a great deal of preliminary work that the participants have done to reach mutual agreements. The joint agenda for 2018 shows what is planned for this year: One thing is clear: Drechtsteden Region opts for new energy!

Free of natural gas

The mission to make all buildings and homes free of natural gas, is one the participants’ main targets. The roll-out of the heat grid Drechtsteden will be the first step. New construction in the region will generally not be linked to the gas mains but will switch to alternatives such as the heat grid, geothermal energy or heat pumps.

Everyone can join in

“We cordially invite residents and companies to join us “, stresses Regional Minister Jacqueline van Dongen. "The energy transition is something we have to do together: authorities, residents and business community. It is already happening in many places in our region, where people opt for cooking without gas when buying a new kitchen, insulating their home or installing solar panels.”

Saving energy and generate it sustainably

Besides the switch to not using natural gas, the energy transition focuses on sustainable generation of energy and to a sizeable decrease in energy consumption, for which various initiatives have been taken in the Drechtsteden Region. For instance, the regional energy desk, with group purchase, of solar panels and insulation, Drechtste Stromen's Sun on Somebody Else's Roof (Zon op Andermans Dak), the Environment Agency's industry-wide approach to energy savings for businesses, and energy conservation at schools.

What is the Drechtsteden Energy Strategy?

The Drechtsteden Energy Strategy is a combined approach by more than 30 regional organisations. Together, they make efforts in the transition to new, clean energy. Their target: Drechtsteden energy-neutral in 2050. The energy transition will net Drechtsteden a lot: cleaner air, fewer tailbacks, more jobs and better housing.