The Netherlands aims to stop using Russian fossil fuels by the end of 2022
The Netherlands plans to stop using Russian fossil fuels by the end of the year, the government said on April 22, 2022, vowing to spend an estimated $675 million on incentives for companies to fill a major gas storage facility, Reuters reported.
The government said it was focused on making energy savings, greener policies and importing more energy from other countries.
“In this way the Netherlands can completely conserve or replace the Russian share of its gas by the end of the year,” it said in a statement, joining other countries in cutting back on Russian supplies in protest over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
About 44% of Dutch energy usage is based on gas — one of the highest rates in Europe — but only about 15% of Dutch gas comes from Russia, according to government estimates.