National Innovation Pathway

  • The Netherlands has formulated an ambitious Climate Agreement in 2019 with a CO₂-reduction target of 49% in 2030, with a view of 95% reduction in 2050. A new Cabinet will consider pathways contributing to the European Commissions increased ambitions of 55% CO₂-reduction target for 2030. This Climate Agreement contains sectoral reduction targets for Electricity, Built Environment, Industry, Mobility and Agriculture.
  • Along with this agreement an innovation agenda has been formulated by governments, private sector and knowledge institutes: the Integral Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (IKIA). This agenda contains a mission oriented approach, where 13 multi-annual mission oriented programs (MMIPs) contribute to the sectoral reduction missions for 2030 of the Climate Agreement:

  • The MMIP’s focus not only on technological innovation, but also on:
    • economical / financial innovation, such as new financing mechanisms for renovating houses;
    • social innovation, such as customer-friendly design, inclusive innovation policy, or the use of behavioral insights; and
    • policy innovation, such as new criteria for tendering offshore wind farms.
  • Furthermore, the programs specify the efforts necessary throughout all innovation stages; from fundamental research to deployment of technologies.
  • In determining priorities and initiating activities within the programs, a wide range of stakeholders is involved. These range from The Dutch Research Council (NWO) to relevant universities and institutes for applied sciences (for example The Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research), to relevant private parties and Topsectors (for example Topsector Energy), to relevant government organizations (for example the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy).
  • The Netherlands will share this national pathway with the MI-community ahead of COP 26; and continue to develop it, by monitoring and evaluating activities within the MMIP’s every year, updating the MMIP’s once every two years and updating the IKIA along with the national Climate Plan every 5 years. This way we make sure that the innovation agenda stays in line with the missions.