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An advice to the Dutch government on their biofuel policy based on the German biofuel policy

Nouwen, L. (2013) An advice to the Dutch government on their biofuel policy based on the German biofuel policy.

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Abstract:This research gives an advice to the Dutch government on how to improve their renewable energies in the transport sector to comply with the 10% target set for 2020 by the EU. The difference between the biofuel policy of Germany and the Netherlands will be analysed by using the Advocacy Coalition Framework of P. Sabatier. This framework researches the influence of stable parameters and external events on policies. The data of the respective stable parameters and external events that could have an influence on the biofuel policy will first be described. The stable parameters are the political system, the natural resources and the social cultural values of the countries. The external events are the Kyoto protocol, the EU biofuel policy, the EU agricultural policy and agricultural in political parties, the public transport policies, systemic political coalitions and the public opinion. The difference between the biofuel policies does not lie in what measures the countries use to achieve the 10% renewable energy in transport target. Both countries stimulate research to develop innovative biofuels, however Germany is more advanced in this research. An explanation why the Dutch biofuel policy and its measures are less advanced is because the coalitions in the Dutch parliament change often, almost every three years sometimes even after two years. The German government instead is constant and merely changes with the new elections, although the CDU was part of the last two coalitions. The recommendation given to the Dutch government is to not focus on producing second-­‐generation crops for biofuels in order to achieve the 10% target. However, the Dutch government should focus on promoting just waste as biofuels and achieving the 10% target by implementing other types of renewable energy for transportation such as wind and solar power. This energy can be used for transportation vehicles such as cars and buses. Waste biofuels can also be used in the aviation sector.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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