Unique collaboration: Government buildings in The Hague climate neutral in 2040 at the latest

At the latest in 2040, the main government buildings in the central area of The Hague will be climate neutral.  That is the aim of the Green City Deal Energy-rich The Hague (EnergieRijk Den Haag), signed on Thursday 27 September 2018 by State Secretary Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Regional Minister Baljeu of the Province of Zuid-Holland and Alderman Van Tongeren of the Municipality of The Hague. In doing so, the 3 administrators placed their signature under this ambitious agreement.

Unique collaboration within energy transition

The area-bound approach in Energy Rich The Hague is special. State secretary Knops:  "We won't make only one building sustainable, but will use a smart area-bound approach with which we will make dozens of buildings green. This acceleration is needed to realise the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement."

The wish to collaborate within Energy Rich The Hague is unique. Never before did three administrative levels collaborate on this scale with public and private partners on the urban energy transition.  "This collaboration also creates mass for the development and upscaling of innovative solutions. That is how new methods and technologies become available and how public and private partners learn how they can jointly contribute to the energy transition," says Jeannette Baljeu, Regional Minister of the Province of Zuid-Holland.

The signatories of the Green City Deal are the Central Government Real Estate Agency, the Municipality of The Hague, the Province of Zuid-Holland, and other organisations such as the Social and Economic Council, the Police, the Council for the Judiciary and private parties BAM Bouw en Vastgoed, the Facilicom Groep, and Safire.

Challenging and inspiring

Besides unique, the Green City Deal is also challenging and inspiring. These buildings will not only be climate-neutral in, at the latest, 2040, but a method is being developed that will be applicable in other urban areas as well. Regional Minister Liesbeth van Tongeren from The Hague: "Energy-efficiency and clean energy are essential to the future of our cities. This task requires residents, entrepreneurs and administrative partners, willing to collaborate, for together, we can do so much more!”

What is it about?

The main government buildings in the centre of The Hague, among which the Provincial Government Building Zuid-Holland, the Town hall of The Hague and various ministries.

  • > 1 million square metres gross floor area
  • > 65,000 GJ annual savings
  • Climate-neutral in 2040
  • Development of a scalable and repeatable (area-bound) ‘collaboration culture’ that other real estate can join (homes/utilities).