Province of Zuid-Holland and 7 colleagues jointly sign for sustainable energy
As of 1 January 2020, just like its 7 colleague provinces, the Province of Zuid-Holland will only use sustainable energy. As a result of the new Public Procurement Act they will no longer receive their energy via the Government and the provinces themselves will now be responsible for the purchase thereof. On Thursday 31 October in Haarlem, 8 provinces came one step closer to meeting the climate agreement's stipulations by signing the first jointly drafted sustainable energy contracts. Regional Minister Willy de Zoete signed on behalf of the Zuid-Holland Provincial Executive.
Despite a shortage of sustainable energy, the energy market showed a broad-based interest in the 8 provinces’ call for tenders. This has resulted in 7 provinces being provided with green gas and 8 provinces with sustainable electricity as of 1 January 2020. With our manner of procurement based on 0% use of fossil fuels, we as a province are making an important contribution to the energy transition. The sustainable energy will be used for provincial buildings and infrastructure, such as public lighting, bridges, tunnels and pumping stations.
Regional Minister Willy de Zoete: “We believe that it is important that everyone in Zuid-Holland can profit from clean energy. That is why we support residents, housing corporations, municipalities and businesses that want to cooperate in investing in energy conservation or the generation of sustainable energy. Together, you go the extra mile. We are glad that we can show this ourselves with this collaboration of 8 provinces. This project allows us to switch entirely to green energy as early as in 2020. That is how we are making a maximum contribution to clean air and quality of life in Zuid-Holland.”
The provinces have taken the first step with the current contracts, but the ambitions are greater. These short-term contracts (5 years) are only the beginning. Future contracts can be more sustainable and smarter, so that will be the next step. In addition, the provinces safeguard the acquired knowledge and are happy to share it with each other and other government organisations. Better each day. Now and in the future.