September 24, 2022

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VNCI Royal Dutch Chemical Industry Association

VNCI Royal Dutch Chemical Industry Association

Reply to VNCI Property Budget Note | Today, the Council of Ministers presented the budget memorandum to the House of Representatives. VNCI believes it is reasonable for the Cabinet to continue to focus fully on the ambitious path to making the industry more sustainable that was agreed in the Alliance Agreement, and which the chemicals sector is already on. At the same time, due to the energy crisis, we are very concerned about the competitive position of Dutch chemical production companies.

We call on the government to quickly use the space provided by the European Crisis Support Framework, so that companies can survive in the short term. Consider favorable loan terms or partial compensation for high energy costs, which are now also applied in other European countries. And also supporting companies with their investments in sustainability, for example by ensuring that infrastructure is organized on time. In short, the government is setting preconditions that will ensure that climate transition remains possible in the long term and help businesses when necessary during this short term energy crisis.

Chemistry key to a sustainable future

VNCI President Paul de Krum: “The chemical sector is one of the most important keys to a sustainable future for all of us. Vision and decisiveness are required for the massive sustainability challenge. The current energy crisis should not hamper this task. Chemical companies are investing a lot in the transition to green chemistry, and strong government as a partner is essential. : To further enhance innovation, support promising technologies and achieve the required infrastructure. This is why we support VNO-NCW’s call for concrete measures to overcome the current energy crisis. In order to maintain long-term sustainability goals. It is now about survival and sustainability at the same time.”

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