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Water and Energy are part of the Dutch Top sectors. These are sectors that the Dutch excel in and the Dutch government invests in extra.
The Netherlands is a world leader in water management. Over the decades, the Dutch have perfected the art of flood protection and water supply and treatment. As maritime engineers, we also excel in shipbuilding, from utility vessels to super yachts. Holland is a major supplier of sustainable systems for the water production and supply and for the collection, treatment and partial reintroduction into the system of "used" water.
Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a human right and crucial for health, dignity and gender equality. Improved water management enhances water security and safety, which are both essential for other development goals, such as poverty reduction, food security, reduced inequality and a sustainable living environment. In 2018, we provided 2.2 million people with safe drinking water and 3.6 million people with improved sanitation. Some 2.4 million people benefited from improved water management.
Energy & Climate
The Netherlands has a strong reputation in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, wind energy at sea, biomass processing and greenhouse farming. The energy sector makes a substantial contribution to the Dutch economy. The government has adopted a modern policy aimed at exploiting economic opportunities for both green and grey energy.
To stop climate change, the world needs to move quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This must go hand in hand with universal access to modern energy by 2030, and energy savings that are twice the current rate.
The Netherlands is investing in access to renewable energy, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable, specifically women. One of the 15 key indicators of Dutch development policy is to offer 50 million people access to renewable energy between 2015 and 2030.
As agreed in the Paris Climate Agreement, the Netherlands will support developing countries in:
- combating climate change
- increasing their resilience to the effects of climate change.
- Climate change affects the poorest countries and populations, including women, most severely and threatens development results. Special attention is given to accelerating energy transition, combating deforestation and land degradation.
This film shows how our embassy in Uganda is helping farmers - both men and women - to deal with climate change in better ways