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Factsheet for measure NL-2023-14/3209 Updated – measures in Netherlands

Subsidy for (lessening the cost of) reducing CO2 emissions

Hernieuwbare Energietransitie (HER+)

Country Netherlands , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 03 April 2023 – 31 December 2024
Context Green Transition
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/Innovation
Author Thomas de Winter (Panteia) and Eurofound
Measure added 06 June 2023 (updated 07 November 2023)

Background information

The Renewable Energy Transition (HER+) subsidy supports projects that contribute to the climate goals set by the Dutch government for 2030. Projects funded through this subsidy scheme contribute to CO2 reduction goals. HER+ projects should also lead to future savings on other subsidies and cost benefits that are greater than the subsidy applied for the HER+ project.

This grant scheme is one of the Top Sector Energy schemes from the National Grant Schemes of the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Agriculture. They support industrial research, experimental development and demonstration projects that contribute to the CO2 targets from the Climate Agreement.

Content of measure

Eligible projects reduce CO2 emissions by using renewable (sustainable) energy, such as solar, wind or hydropower. Projects also may reduce the cost of CO2 reduction through CO2-saving techniques, such as CO2 capture and storage, hydrogen or waste heat. Projects could be an industrial research project, experimental development, energy demonstration project or a combination of these. Companies receive a grant for the costs of this type of innovation project.

Eligible projects should either:

  1. Make renewable energy production cheaper for a calendar year;
  2. Make offshore wind power production cheaper;
  3. Combine renewable energy generation and storage;
  4. Combine the generation and smart control (smart grids) of renewable energy at the decentralised level;
  5. Produce more renewable energy through innovation (small scale solar thermal, off-grid solar PV systems, shallow ground energy using a heat pump, outdoor air heat with the use of a heat pump).

The total budget available for this scheme is €30 million.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

24 October 2023

The government argues that innovation is an essential part of the energy transition and wants to make it possible for the new cabinet to continue using the HER+. For this reason, the subsidy scheme has been extended for one year.

Use of measure

As of 1 June 2023, a total of €9.3 million in grant requests were under consideration. This leaves 69% of the subsidy, or some €20.7 million, still available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



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Eurofound (2023), Subsidy for (lessening the cost of) reducing CO2 emissions, measure NL-2023-14/3209 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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