Innovating sustainably in 2022: the incentives

4 October 2021

Like last year, the 2021 Budget Memorandum focuses on sustainability, innovation and economic recovery. Special attention is paid to the following four themes: climate, security, housing and tax relief. Would you like to know what your opportunities are? An overview of the measures.

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Roy Hoven Manager Subsidiefocus

Sustainable investments and innovations

  • The percentage of funding for the Environmental Investment Tax Scheme for businesses (MIA) and the Vamil Scheme will be raised in order to stimulate entrepreneurs to continue investing in environmentally-friendly techniques. For the period from 2022 to 2024, an additional budget of € 30 million will be made available for this scheme. The nett benefit can amount to as much as 14% of your investment sum. The new MIA/Vamil tranches will be as follows:
    - 13.5% > 27%
    - 27% > 36%
    - 36% > 45%
  • Owners of owner-occupied and rented homes are given additional incentives to invest in sustainability through subsidy schemes as ISDE.
  • The percentages for the  Research and Development (Promotion) Act WBSO will be increased to a pre-Covid level:
    - First tranche 32%;
    - First tranche start-ups 40%;
    - Limit of first tranche €350,000.00;
    - Rate second tranche 16%.
  • An additional budget of € 600 million will be made available to stimulate purchases of zero-emission vehicles, with a focus on the private market for new cars.  The subsidy budgets for the SEBA scheme for sustainable fleets and the subsidy scheme for electric cars for private individuals SEPP will be increased.
  • Through various funding programmes € 203 million will be made available in order to decrease the CO2 and greenhouse emissions in the short term. The circular chain projects subsidy and the tailor-made CO2 supply subsidy for greenhouse horticulture will receive additional budget. Additionally, the reserved amount will be used for the roll-out of quayside power for sea ships and harbours.
  • In the past year, with the aid of funding schemes, a start has been made on making aviation and shipping more sustainable. These activities will continue up to 2024.
  • The mobility sector shows a reduction in R&D investments. A new subsidy programme specifically aimed at the automotive, aviation and maritime industry should bring this reduction to a halt. The new subsidy scheme is aimed at projects with a duration of at most 4 years that are ready to start in the short term. For this scheme, a budget of € 150 million has been made available.
  • The government wishes to stimulate the purchase of hybrid electric heat pumps. To this end, in the course of 2022, a new funding scheme will be made available.

Learning and developing

In the coming years, the Dutch government continues to focus on creating a sustainable balance between the labour force and available jobs. To achieve this, entrepreneurs as well as those working and seeking employment are supported through various subsidy schemes. The scheme The Netherlands Continues to Learn will provide new opportunities, but schemes providing subsidies for practical learning and the SLIM programme will also continue to stimulate the training of future professional staff.

In 2022, additional funding will be made available specifically aimed at young people in employment-oriented training and special secondary education. In addition, a better safety net for early school leavers will be created. The new STAP scheme is intended to replace the soon-to-be-expired tax relief scheme that allows for a tax deduction for training costs.

In September 2021, the new OIT programme, Retraining for promising professions in ICT and Engineering opened. This scheme is regarded as a promising addition to the current subsidy programmes and will receive additional budget in the years to come.

Agriculture and horticulture

In 2022, various subsidies will be made available for making livestock farming, greenhouse horticulture, the manure policy, animal health and animal welfare more sustainable. This will take place primarily through the known subsidy programmes as SBV and MDV.  A separate part of the budget will be reserved for Wageningen Research to drive knowledge and innovation within the agriculture and horticulture. However, a large part of the budget made available for 2022, € 250 million, will remain reserved for targeted buy-outs. This budget is partly derived from underutilised budget for the termination of pig farms.

Would you like to receive more information?

Do you, as an entrepreneur, want to invest in sustainability, innovation, or development of your staff? We would be happy to advise you about the possibilities. Then please contact Roy Hoven, manager Subsidiefocus, by calling +31 (0)73-6465475 or send Roy an email.

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