Half of the nearly 4 million homeowners in the Netherlands are not yet working on sustainability. This has emerged from new research by the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP).
The Climate Act stipulates that by 2050 all 7 million homes must use renewable energy and heat. The SCP believes that the government should stimulate sustainability more actively, so that homeowners get to work more quickly.
A large group of homeowners do not seem very willing to take sustainable measures. Three quarters of the inhabited owner-occupied houses with their own roof do not have solar panels and almost half of the owners have not yet taken any further insulation measures.
According to the SCP, people are indeed willing to become more sustainable, but “barriers” are holding them back, such as excessive costs, uncertainty about how long people will still live in the house or the expectation that sustainable measures will become cheaper in the future.
Environmental benefits and savings
Environmental benefits are not even the most important reason for the approximately quarter of the homeowners who have now started to become more sustainable. Savings on energy bills and more comfort also count. The SCP proposes options to stimulate sustainability, for example through financial incentives.
People with little capacity must be “relieved and unburdened”, according to the SCP. The government’s plan to tackle entire neighborhoods in one go and the introduction of a ‘national isolation program’ could help with this.