About the NEa

The Dutch Emission Authority (Nederlandse Emissieautoriteit – NEa) is the independent national authority which implements and monitors the market tools available that contribute to a climate-neutral society.

These market tools were developed in in Europe in order to reach the climate targets as recorded in the Paris Climate Agreement, and further refined in the Green Deal: a reduction of at least 55% in CO2 emissions from 1990 to 2030, with Europe as the first climate neutral continent by 2050. The market tools are used for the reduction of CO2 emissions by the industry, and an increase of renewable energy for transport.

Inform, facilitate and inspect
The Dutch Emission Authority is the appointed organization to implement and monitor the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS) for the industry in the Netherlands, as well as the Energy for Transport regulations. We grant authorisations, facilitate the CO2 emissions allowances and renewable energy unit trade, and administer the CO2 and Energy for Transport registry. We perform inspections at companies and impose sanctions where needed. However, we also offer support by educating and providing resources. Both the market and government receive advise based on achieved results and relevant developments.

In addition, the NEa administers the national CO2-tax, and supervises the Act on the Prohibition on Coal for Electricity Production, and the Regulation on the conformity assessment of solid biomass for energy applications.

The Dutch Emission Authority operates under the direction of the ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) and the ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement (IenW). The executive board is a non-departmental public body (NDPB).