CE Delft carried out a study on energy policy for the Audit Office of the Rijnland Water Authority. The study investigated to what extent current policy actually contributes to achieving the formulated goals and to what extent the costs of this policy are efficient. The role of the joint session (VV) was also investigated. This project was carried out in cooperation with Janine van Roon of the Local Audit Office.
Rijnland has chosen an effective and efficient approach to achieving the goal of energy neutrality. The joint session (VV) is given sufficient scope to help shape the policy and has a framework-setting role. The policy-making process has lasted two years, and no concrete projects have been implemented as yet. Shifting the goal to 2030 increases the likelihood of achieving the goal, provided that action is taken in the coming years. At present, the programme is not sufficiently financially sound and there is still limited focus on the goal of remaining energy-neutral in the future. Rijnland has already achieved its CO2-reduction goal (49% reduction in 2025/2030 compared to 1990). If Rijnland wants to become neutral with respect to greenhouse gases (both CO2 and the other greenhouse gases nitrous oxide and methane), it is necessary to focus on the emission of methane and nitrous oxide in addition to existing plans. Rijnland currently has no policy on this.
See the report of the Rijnland auditing committee.