Employers' organizations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland argue, among other things, for the protection of building projects where nitrogen is released, if they yield climate benefits after completion. Different sectors suffer heavily from the "too one-sided focus on nitrogen," they argue. That is stated in the ten-point plan that the organizations presented on Tuesday evening.
As a result of the nitrogen ruling issued by the Council of State (RvS) in May, some eighteen thousand projects in the Netherlands are at stake, from housing to recreation and agriculture.
"It cannot be explained that all sorts of projects that demonstrably reduce the ecological footprint of our country, such as the construction of wind turbines and cleaner factories, cannot go ahead now," said the organizations. In addition, they have major consequences for employment.
The employers' organizations also mention the agricultural sector in their plan, where they believe that halving the herd should be "not an end in itself". Emissions could also be tackled in other ways that the sector would already be working hard on. "Moreover, this important sector is closely intertwined with other economic sectors such as the food industry."