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Business parks can make the transition from fossil energy to electricity better if companies work together in an energy hub.
This is the conclusion reached by the engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV research Commissioned by the Dutch Sustainable Energy Association (NVDE) and the Sustainable Business Parks Program (PVB Netherlands). In this energy center, entrepreneurs can collectively make an energy connection and coordinate energy supply and demand. More than 350 industrial parks in the Netherlands can significantly reduce their carbon dioxide emissions through this center. Companies can therefore better achieve their sustainability goals, researchers say.
The center allows industrial areas to become more sustainable faster and faster than if they did not have an energy center or only used it on a limited scale. In this way, CO2 emissions from the sites could be reduced together by an additional 4 to 6 megatonnes by 2030, according to the study, which Het Financieele Dagblad also wrote about on Monday. This represents approximately 3 to 4 percent of total emissions in the Netherlands.
The power grid is currently full in many places. Companies are on a waiting list if they want new connections, for example, for solar panels or new charging stations. Earlier this month, business umbrella organizations VNO-NCW, MKB-Nederland and the Dutch Sustainable Energy Association (NVDE) said thousands of companies may not be able to become more sustainable fast enough due to the entire energy grid.
Space on the power grid is saved in the energy hub, according to researchers at Royal HaskoningDHV. According to them, the center is also ensuring that more power generating projects are launched and additional capacity of charging stations is released on the power grid.
According to the report, in order for energy centers to be used better and in more places, the government must develop additional policy. For example, researchers believe that energy centers should become a permanent part of measures to create more sustainable industrial parks. They also want the government to give entrepreneurs more space to set up energy centers.
Source: National Police Agency
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