The government has great difficulty in mapping the consequences of the State Council's decision on the Dutch nitrogen approach. At the end of May, the company decided that companies in Holland should only build if they had the so-called nitrogen plan.
Minister Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality says that this statement has great consequences for new projects in the field of agriculture, housing and infrastructure.
For example, a project can only begin if the entrepreneur can prove that it does not bother nature in the area. This is hard to prove, because nitrogen is released into the soil with every hole.
Due to the lack of a nitrogen plan, a large number of plans will probably not go forward. In a letter to the House of Representatives, the minister writes that there are at least 210, but after three weeks of counting, the list is not yet complete.
One of the projects that could get into trouble is the opening of Lelystad airport for holiday flights in 2020. "This can also have consequences for wind farms or organic farmers," says the minister.
In any case, this involves dozens of projects that affect the port and the business community, such as the construction of new business parks. Projects that are designed to protect the environment against flooding, or changes in watercourses, will also not receive a license for the time being. In addition, the construction of transport lines and of ecodutos is being postponed.
"Doing justice to nature and the economy"
A team was formed today by the Ministries of Infrastructure and Water Management, Home Affairs, Economic Affairs, Defense and Agriculture. This team, together with the provinces, draws up a list of projects affected by this decision.
The minister says she is looking for a path that does justice to nature and the economy. The debate on this will be with the Lower House tomorrow night.
The enclosure can reduce nitrogen emissions by interrupting new projects or offsetting by creating extra nature. The State Council said at the end of May that Dutch policy is contrary to European legislation on nature, which aims to reduce nitrogen emissions.