Dutch missions for grand challenges
The Dutch government has formulated 25 missions to tackle social challenges. These missions focus on ensuring a greater and healthy life expectancy, sufficient clean water and safe food, lower greenhouse gas emissions, affordable sustainable energy and a safe Netherlands to live and work in. Ambitious goals that challenge entrepreneurs and scientists to develop pioneering solutions and contribute to the competitiveness of the Netherlands.
The missions initiate a new era for the top sectors. Since 2011, entrepreneurs, scientists and the government have joined forces in nine top sectors concerning agri & food, chemistry, creative industry, energy, life sciences & health, high tech systems & materials, water & maritime industry, horticulture & starting materials and logistics. Their efforts are aimed at strengthening the economy through innovations, capitalising on international opportunities, improving human capital and investing into scientific research. This partnership will be continued.
Missions are helping the top sectors to join forces, even more than before. Among the new features of this policy is also the creation of new markets. To ensure that innovations can be widely applied and made available for purchase. If necessary, the government may also act as a launching customer. By including market challengers, innovative entrepreneurs and different regions, the mission-driven policy will be applied more widely with a greater chance of success.
- 49% reduction of national greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, aiming for 95% lower emissions by 2050 compared to 1990.
- An entirely carbon-free electricity system by 2050.
- A carbon-free built environment by 2050.
- Carbon-neutral industry with reuse of raw materials
- Zero-emission mobility of people and goods by 2050.
- A sustainable and completely circular economy by 2050, with resource use halved by 2030.
Agriculture, water and food
- Reduction of the use of raw and auxiliary materials in agriculture and horticulture by 2030 and creating the maximum possible value from all end products and residuals by utilising them as fully as possible (circular agriculture).
- By 2050, the agricultural and nature system will be net carbon-neutral.
- The Netherlands will be climate-proof and water-resilient by 2050.
- By 2030, we will produce and consume healthy, safe and sustainable food, while supply chain partners and farmers get a fair price for their produce.
- A sustainable balance between ecological capacity and water management vs. renewable energy, food, fishing and other economic activities, where this balance must be achieved by 2030 for marine waters and by 2050 for rivers, lakes and estuaries.
- The Netherlands is and will remain the best-protected and most viable delta in the world, with timely future-proof measures implemented at a manageable cost.
Health and care
- By 2040, all Dutch citizens will live at least five years longer in good health, while the health inequalities between the lowest and highest socio-economic groups will have decreased by 30%.
- By 2040, the burden of disease resulting from an unhealthy lifestyle and living environment will have decreased by 30%.
- By 2030, the extent of care provided to people within their own living environment (rather than in health-care institutions) will be 50% more than today or such care will be provided 50% more frequently than at present.
- By 2030, the proportion of people with a chronic disease or lifelong disability who can play an active role in society according to their wishes and capabilities will have increased by 25%.
- By 2030, quality of life for people with dementia will have improved by 25%.
- By 2030, organised crime in the Netherlands will have become an excessively high-risk and low-return enterprise, thanks to a better insight into illegal activities and cash flows.
- By 2035, the Netherlands will have a navy fit for the future, which will be able to respond flexibly to unpredictable and unforeseen developments.
- By 2030, the Netherlands will have operationally deployable space-based capabilities for defence and security.
- Cyber security: the Netherlands will be in a position to capitalise, in a secure manner, on the economic and social opportunities offered by digitisation.
- By 2030, the armed forces will be fully networked with other services and through the integration of new technologies, so that they can act faster and more effectively than the opponent.
- Supply and demand will come together more quickly to implement successful short-cycle innovations.
- By 2030, security organisations will be capable of collecting new and better data, so that they are always one step ahead of the threat.
- By 2030, the role of security professional will be among the 10 most attractive professions in the Netherlands.
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