Why The Netherlands?


By Paddy Young, Event Director


Innovation is part of the Dutch DNA

According to the European Commissions' European Innovation Scoreboard for 2016, The Netherlands is Europe's fourth most innovative country in Europe. Sweden took first place, like in 2015, followed by Denmark and Finland. The United Kingdom makes up the top 5.

The Netherlands is working to double their public investments in energy innovation within the next five years. Fresh ideas to a more sustainable future are needed and helping to achieve this are companies, governments, consumers and of course innovative startups and students, all thinking collaboratively to achieve cleaner energy while minimising the impact on our climate. 

The corporation between these groups has made it possible for the country to innovate in different sectors and be seen by the rest of the world as a true global player. 

Dutch Innovation & Young Talent during European Utility Week 

There are some fantastic startups already working on this mission and Initiate!, which co-located with EUW17 in Amsterdam, provides the perfect platform for startups to showcase their most cutting-edge technology and energy solutions. In 2017, Initiate! worked with Dutch accelerators Rockstart and Startup Amsterdam, who are passionate about cultivating Amsterdam as the most prominent startup city in Europe. 

The Netherlands houses some of the most high-tech universities, nurturing young talent to think beyond what is now and raise the bar for new business models and supporting technologies. Initiate! ambassador universities helping to support this are the TU Eindhoven and the TU Delft. 


A test bed for Europe in Energy

For the last 40 years or so, The Netherlands has supported a high-quality grid, ranking in the top five best five countries in the world for supplying safe and reliable energy. 

The country is slowly becoming the perfect European setting for international and national pilot projects helping to quicken the transition. The Dutch parliament has given initial approval to a proposal that would see the sale of new petrol- or diesel-powered cars banned from 2025 onwards. Companies like Tesla, Verbund, Energinet, E.ON, and Engie are taking advantage of this and working on leading-edge EV battery or infrastructure projects, which were also showcased at European Utility Week 2017.

With a forward-thinking Dutch parliament, Dutch industry is one of the most energy efficient in the world. Buildings are becoming more energy efficient and in some cases generate more energy than they consume. The production, storage and distribution of clean energy is becoming more efficient and affordable and the government, public and private parties are increasingly entering into partnerships to achieve sustainability goals. 

All of this led The Netherlands to be our top choice for European Utility Week 2017!

More about Host Country - The Netherlands