A climber but not a top performer – the Netherlands’ energy transition

The Netherlands has climbed a few places in the WEF Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2017, drawn up for the fifth consecutive year by the World Economic Forum (WEF), in association with Accenture. But the latest edition of the report shows the Netherlands is not among Europe’s top performers, and has made little progress in the transition to renewable sources of energy. Dutch data for the index was collected under the supervision of Henk Volberda, Professor of Strategic Management & Business Policy at the INSCOPE knowledge institute at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), which serves as a partner institute to the World Economic Forum.

Global shift

The performance of national electricity generation systems is based on research carried out in 127 countries, and is designed to bring about a global shift towards more sustainable, affordable and accessible electricity generation systems. It shows the Netherlands rose a few places on the global WEF EAP Index (Energy Architecture Performance), from 37 to 33 – but not as impressive as the 26th place it held back in 2015 or the 20th place it held in 2009.

The trend from 2009 to today, a drop of 13 places, makes the Netherlands one of the two worst performing advanced economies for the transition towards more sustainable, affordable and accessible electricity generation systems. Among advanced economies, only the performance of Japan was worse, with a drop of 24 places over the same period. The five countries that recorded the most dramatic fall in the rankings in the same period were Libya (-38), Venezuela (-32), Algeria (-28), Nigeria (-28) and Côte d’Ivoire (-26). The five countries recording the most significant increase were Jamaica (+24), Nicaragua (+23) and the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Vietnam (each +21).

The complete WEF report is available here. Read the report about the Netherlands (in Dutch) here.

Accelerating the energy transition

RSM will host a two-day event in Rotterdam on 28 and 29 June for the energy industry’s foremost business leaders, policy-makers, international investors, regulators, innovators and academics. The Erasmus Energy Forum  presents constructive debates that will determine the future of the energy market. The theme of this year’s event is Accelerating the energy transition – paths to zero carbon energy. Early bird registrations have opened.

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