Gas Act: no mandatory connection of new buildings to gas grid

Last updated: 11 August 2022

The Gas Act from 2000 encompasses rules on transport and delivery of gas and implements also rules from EU directives on the internal EU energy market from 1998 (e.d. 98/30/EC and 2003/55/EC). The ACM (Autoriteit Consument en Markt) is chaired with supervision on the Gas Act. As of July 2018, the Gas Act changed to facilitate the approach towards districts/blocks that are free of natural gas connections. The obligations with regard to gas connections for new buildings changed and many new buildings will not receive a gas connection in future; this change applies to small users (max 40 m3 gas/hour) such as dwellings and smaller offices. Exceptions remain possible in important situations of common interest.

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