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What is an LTA?
A Long-Term Agreement (LTA) is a voluntarily negotiated covenant between a participating organization and the governing authority.
The first-generation LTAs, now in the closing phase, focused primarily on improving energy efficiency in the production process.
 
Objectives of the LTAs
For the Dutch government, the drivers for LTA participation are cost-effective CO2 reduction and the reliability of energy supply.
By the end of the 1980s, the world became more aware of global climate change caused by increasing greenhouse gases emissions, so in 1989, the Dutch government formulated a national policy for a 3% reduction by 2000. The objective of the first LTAs was to stimulate energy efficiency beyond existing trends without resorting to new regulations. To help LTA participants achieve this objective, SenterNovem manages, guides and advises on the process,
and shares knowledge and experience with other participants.
 
The next generation
The second-generation (LTA2), launched in 2001, makes a shift towards energy efficiency over the whole product lifecycle (see section 4 on this CD-Rom).
 
The Kyoto Protocol
In 2000, a Green Paper on the security of energy supply (EU 2000) was adopted by the European Commission that looked ahead to the next twenty to thirty years, and drew attention to the structural weaknesses and geopolitical, social and environmental shortcomings of the European Union's energy supply; in particular with regard to the European commitments in the Kyoto Protocol. The European economy, like the Dutch economy, is essentially based on fossil fuels, which make up four-fifths of its total energy consumption.
 
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