As fossil fuels get scarcer, the costs for energy consumption are rising in the agricultural sector. Dutch agriculture aims to make more efficient use of energy. New techniques are introduced to improve efficiency. Energy use is also linked to the emission of greenhouse gasses (please refer to theme 3: climate).
A reduction in the costs of energy is needed and can be reached by using energy more efficiently. In-depth knowledge on energy use is necessary. Alternative energy sources become more in demand as energy prices rise. This also creates opportunities for the agricultural sector as a producer of (alternative) energy.