23. Will innovation be the solution for our CO₂ problem and climate change? - Green Musketeer blog

23. Innovation as a CO₂ solution

23rd blog, March 14, 2019

I have worked 16 years continuously to develop and introduce the Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology. Innovation takes a long time and is very expensive. For this beautiful project, our government rewarded us as a National Icon. Together with 6 others, we are allowed to use this title. However, due to the inadequate financing structure for innovative companies in the Netherlands, a number of National Icons have already fallen into foreign hands. We also know many other beautiful companies of genius entrepreneurs who could have meant a lot for the Netherlands, but they were also sold abroad, such as Booking.com. Sometimes it seems like the Netherlands is spreading its business jewellery like Hansel and Gretel spread their bread crumbs.

In the next paragraph I write some examples of how the Dutch government or your government could stimulate and support innovation in order to solve the CO₂ challenge.

If an improved Dutch Climate Agreement is adopted, a large budget will be saved. By stopping Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and wind turbines, getting rid of subsidies for companies to solve their CO₂ problem and instead adding heavily increased taxes on energy, our government is creating possibilities to invest in innovation. Not random but to well chosen projects. As an example we can chose the following

  • 3 Dutch universities will each independently set up a project - in collaboration with citizens and / or companies that have top ideas - to produce energy in a new way. Each of them will receive a budget of 3 billion euros per year. The annual competition with the drive for electric cars through Australia shows that the competition element gives a great incentive to work faster. All intellectual property (IP) will become the property of our state. In due time, we will set up a company for it, such as Oil Fund in Norway.
  • 3 Dutch universities will each independently set up a project - in collaboration with citizens and / or companies that have top ideas - to produce cultured meat – meat produced by multiplying cells - in a new way. Each of them will receive a budget of 100 million euros per year. All IP will be owned by the state.
  • 3 Dutch universities will each independently set up a project - in collaboration with citizens and / or companies that have top ideas - to melt ore in a new way. Each of them will receive a budget of 250 million euros per year. All IP will be owned by the state.
  • 3 Dutch universities will each independently set up a project - in collaboration with citizens and / or companies that have top ideas - to provide aircraft with energy in a new way. Each of them will receive a budget of 500 million euros per year. All IP will be owned by the state.
  • 3 Dutch universities will each independently set up a project - in collaboration with citizens and / or companies that have top ideas - to supply ships with energy in a new way. Each of them will receive a budget of 100 million euros per year. All IP will be owned by the state.

All Intellectual Property becomes property of the State of the Netherlands, because we, the Dutch population, finance this. The lessons of the Erasmus MC that sold a cancer drug developed by Dutch money very cheap to Novartis, after which the price was multiplied six times, shows that the IP is only in safe hands with our government.

The government does not appoint universities in advance, but writes tenders with a call for the best proposal, guaranteeing funding for 10 years, with an interesting bonus for when the project is realized faster.

With this way of working, our state invests 11.85 billion euros per year, much less than the non-working Climate Agreement, while the IP revenues over time can be enormously high if The Netherlands has solutions for these 6 world problems that have not been solved until now by companies or corporations. For this reason, our government, in collaboration with universities and companies, has to solve these problems and protect the IP so that the possible inventions cannot be bought away. Thus we can prevent the prosperity that comes from investing in innovation from leaving the Netherlands and going to another country.

This is my second-to-last blog about the Climate Agreement. I hope you find my thoughts original, practical and feasible. Spread this message among all your family, friends and acquaintances, so that we can translate this message into reality. In the next blog, the most beautiful Dutch tree will speak to you under the title ‘Climate change is not an isolated problem.’

Pieter Hoff
Green Musketeer 


Background information
On 8 October 2018, the IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) issued an emergency call to all countries to reduce their CO₂ emissions by at least 50% by 2030. The Netherlands wants to comply with this by means of a Climate Agreement. Pieter Hoff is of the opinion that the Climate Agreement needs additional policies to achieve 0% net CO₂ emissions by 2030 and that this supporting policy can be implemented much more efficiently, quicker and less costly than the current proposals that are included in the proposed Dutch Climate Agreement.