Netherlands: City of Haringvliet Votes to Transition From Gas to Hydrogen Heating

By July 4, 2023 2   min read  (347 words)

July 4, 2023 |

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In a pioneering move, the City of Haringvliet, situated on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee in South Holland, is preparing to harness the power of hydrogen for heating purposes.

In a recent vote, the small community of around 1,500 residents overwhelmingly backed the subsidized and collective switch from gas to hydrogen, with a planned phase-out of gas within two to seven years.

This bold initiative, named Stad Gasvrij (City Gas-Free), was spearheaded by a group of residents passionate about seeking sustainable solutions. A survey executed by the municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee revealed that, from an impressive 84.8% turnout, 77.6% of residents with natural gas connections voted in favor of the hydrogen transition. Only 6.4% opposed the change, while 15.2% abstained.

Jaap Willem Eijkenduijn, an Alderwoman of the municipality, acknowledged the importance of this vote in the energy transition journey, stating, “The positive outcome ensures that Stadtenaren (residents of Stad) are a great example for the rest of the Netherlands and Europe.” Stella Braber, one of the pioneers of Stad Aardgasvrij (City Gas-Free), celebrated the results, highlighting the significant support from the community for a future free of natural gas in the City aan ‘t Haringvliet.

The immediate future involves the creation of a conversion plan to transition from natural gas to hydrogen, projected for completion in the winter of 2024. By 2025, and at the latest by 2030, the existing natural gas infrastructure will be repurposed for hydrogen. The municipality envisions Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet becoming the first village in the Netherlands to be heated with green hydrogen. This groundbreaking initiative will not only mark a first for the Netherlands but is also set to be a standout case in Europe.

The experience and knowledge gleaned from this innovative project could potentially catalyze similar transitions in other villages and districts, driving a shift from natural gas to green hydrogen.

The City of Haringvliet’s choice demonstrates an inspiring commitment to sustainability and a reduction in reliance on fossil fuels. Embracing hydrogen for heating signifies a decisive stride towards a greener, more sustainable future.


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