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NL Agency

NL Agency is an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, which aims to promote sustainable development and innovation, both within the Netherlands and abroad. NL Agency provides companies, (knowledge) institutions and government authorities with advice, knowledge and financial support. NL Agency works on behalf of several Dutch ministeries,  international organisations such as the European Union, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and foreign governments. NL Agency's projects are grouped into four themes: encouraging innovation; reducing climate change; towards sustainable energy and towards a better environment.
On the subject of biofuels NL Agency is implementing the GAVE programme, on behalf of three Ministeries (Spatial Planning, Housing and the Environment; Economic Affairs; and Transport, Public Works and Water Management). Gave stands for Climate Neutral Gaseous and Liquid Energy Carriers. GAVE actively supports the government and relevant market parties in their efforts to achieve the national and EU biofuel targets in a sustainable way. The parties involved are kept informed of the latest developments and meet regularly to exchange knowledge through a knowledge platform, network days and other activities that are frequently organised.
For more information on the GAVE-programme please visit:

Relevant projects

(CAB-CEP) Co-ordination Action Biofuels Cities European Partnership
Biofuel Cities European Partnership is a forum for the application of biofuels. Open to all stakeholders in the area of biofuels for vehicles, it offers:

  • - your one-stop shop for information on biofuels application;
  • online facilities, workshops and study tours to exchange and network with your peers and learn from experts;
  • news, publications and tools to provide information, guidance and support.

GAVE is a Dutch abbreviation for Climate Neutral Gaseous and Liquid Energy Carriers. This is a Dutch government programme that is implemented by NL Agency on behalf of three Ministries (Spatial Planning, Housing and the Environment; Economic Affairs; and Transport, Public Works and Water Management), it offers:

  • Support to different Ministries (especially the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Housing and the Environment);
  • A knowledge centre containing a website, GAVE e-newsletter, project database, and the latest news on (international) biofuels developments


The “Clear Views on Clean Fuels” (VIEWLS) project is supported by the European Commission and aims to increase our insight into:

  • The economic and environment technical performances of the various transport biofuels, both existing biofuels and those still under development.
  • The biomass production potential in the Central and Eastern European region, and the possible biofuel trade chains that may develop from this within Europe.
  • The opportunities for achieving the EC guideline on biofuels at the lowest possible price.

The VIEWLS project began in February 2003 and was finalised in April 2005.

HyWays is an integrated project that has developed the European Hydrogen Energy Roadmap. HyWays combines technology databases and socio-/techno-/ economic analysis to evaluate selected stakeholder scenarios for future sustainable hydrogen energy systems. This had lead to recommendations for a European Hydrogen Energy Roadmap reflecting country specific realities in the participating member states.
The project was performed from April 2004 and was finalized after 39 months in June 2007.

ERANET Bioenergy
Driven by the potential benefits of bioenergy, and guided by the renewable energy targets, there are many national and regional bioenergy reserach programmes running in Europe. A major part of this investment comes from the Six Member states which form the ERA-NET Bioenergy network. A network of national government agencies and ministries responsible for coordinating and funding national reserach efforts into bioenergy. The goal of this network is to strengthen national bioenergy research programmes through enhancing cooperation and coordination between national agencies. Through collaboration, the individual national programmes will produce higher quality results, while through coordination, they will seek to complement each other, avoiding duplication.
To reach these goals the network is pursuing four lines of activity:

  • Establishing structures for the systematic exchange of information
  • Identifying common strategic issues to form a basis for integrated programmes and projects
  • Undertaking joint activities such as common programme monitoring
  • Implementing joint reserach activities

REACT – Renewable energy action
The goal of REACT was to develop innovative, nationally adapted policies and programs for a faster and more cost effective market transformation towards Renewable Energy use. The REACT-project analysed the relation between actual deployment of Renewable Energy based on the extensive monitoring activities initiated by the Commission and the applied policies. It stimulated discussion on best practices in market development policies and contributes to a learning process that will enhance their effectiveness. It was designed to provide an informal platform that communicates best practices in RE policies actively, both towards the commission and to the member states.
The REACT programme began at September 2003 and ended at March 2005

Contact details

Catharijnesingel 59
P.O. box 8242
3503 RE Utrecht
The Netherlands

Contact person
Ms Bregje van Keulen, Advisor Biofuels

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