Vincent Krabbendam


The second edition of the Charging Infrastructure Congress will be on 22 March about the challenges in the construction of charging infrastructure. The first speakers have been announced and registration for participation is open.

Last March, the first edition focused mainly on general developments. Now the congress will go more in-depth by choosing the subject with the greatest challenges: the construction of charging infrastructure. Because we want everything in the outdoor area, so how do we install the right number of charging stations in the best locations? How do we ensure that these charging points can be connected to the overloaded electricity grid? And what innovations and lessons learned will help us get over these hills?

Break out sessions The Loading Infrastructure Congress will take place this year at a special location that will be announced shortly. First, various keynote speakers explore the theme, including a network operator. The conference then continues in two blocks of three breakout sessions each, exploring themes such as innovations, heavy vehicles, lessons learned and the future. The whole is again closed in plenary. The program is still under development, but the organizations below are certainly included.

Bart Kraaijvanger of Transdev shares the knowledge gained in working with 22 electric public transport buses Over Morgen prepared a loading forecast for 2030; Anne van der Veen explains this. On behalf of Leap24 Pelle Schlichtling tells about the enormous challenges of charging infrastructure for heavy vehicles such as trucks. How do you use vehicle data to determine Are charging stations in the right place? This explains Karst Broekhuizen of JATO Dynamics. Niels Voogt van Goudappel argues why an integrated strategy for the roll-out of charging infrastructure is crucial. On behalf of ChargeSim, Bastiaan Zwijnenburg provides a cost and benefit analysis of smart charging infrastructure. Rocsys, Elaad, National Knowledge Platform Charging Infrastructure, ChargeSim and Awesems will also contribute on 22 March, just as a major network operator, and more interesting speakers will follow in the near future. Participate with discount Now that the first speakers have been registered, the registration is also open. Registering quickly is worth it, because there is still a considerable early bird discount in force. You can register on the site of the Congress Laadinfra and the program is also updated there every time there are speakers. added. The congress will be held in a hybrid manner, so you can participate both physically and online.

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Figures released by the Dutch Association of Insurers have revealed that, in 2020, the Netherlands saw a notable increase in the number of insurance claims for residential fires, but that the damage caused by said fires was actually less than was observed in 2019. 

COVID-19 rules likely led to more house fires in the Netherlands

Last year, Dutch insurance companies saw 66.657 claims for damage caused by house fires, compared to the 64.879 recorded the year before. Many fires were caused by cooking incidents, smoking, or short circuits, but the emergency services also noted an increase in the number of fires caused by electrical devices and chargers.

The Dutch Association of Insurers attributes this increase to the fact that 2020 saw people spending more time at home as a result of COVID-19, not only for leisure, but also for school or to do their jobs: “Due to the coronavirus measures, a lot of people worked at home in 2020, which probably caused fires more often,” says director Richard Weurding.

Risk of chargers and electronic devices causing a fire

While the number of insurance claims did increase last year, companies registered fewer expenses for covering these claims, implying that the damage caused by fires in 2020 was less than was seen in 2019 (225 million euros versus 248 million euros). The Association also attributes this to the fact that people spent more time at home, so they were able to discover the fires quicker.

Dutch fire services advise members of the public to avoiding charging mobile phones or other electronic devices in bed, or on / under duvets or pillows, to make sure to use chargers issued by the official manufacturer, and to remove devices from their charger once fully charged.

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Those studying in the Netherlands are finding it increasingly difficult to find (affordable) housing, and while the situation was already pretty bad before COVID-19, new figures reveal it has only worsened over the past year; the country is now short over 26.000 homes.

Dutch student housing shortage worsens

Last month it was revealed that hundreds of international students had been left without housing at the start of the academic year, with many struggling to find a room that was open to non-Dutch students. Figures released in the National Student Housing Monitor now show precisely how dire the situation is at the moment. 

Over the past year, the national student housing shortage has increased by a whopping 20 percent, with students now facing a market where there are 26.500 homes too few. Furthermore, the National Student Housing Monitor expects that the situation will only worsen over the coming years, predicting that, in eight years, there will be another 57.000 students looking for accommodation, but current plans show that only 16.500 additional student residences will be built by 2025.

Hundreds of students struggle to find accommodation

Kences – the Centre for Student Housing – attributes the growing shortage to two main factors: the rising number of international students, and the backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Foreign students followed education from their own country last year, but now they have to follow physical education here,” explains Jos Bakker. 

While Dutch students are able to live at home while they study, international students are forced into emergency shelters, or are left having to sleep on a friend’s sofa until they find somewhere more permanent. Figures from volunteer organisation Shelter our Students reveal that there are still 400 students in Groningen and 200 in Enschede without permanent housing.

Bakker worries the current shortage will dissuade international students from coming to the Netherlands in the future: “We would like the Netherlands to remain a knowledge country, the fourth largest knowledge economy in the world. But if we can’t accommodate them, we run the risk of international talents going elsewhere.”

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It’s the topic on everyone’s lips: rising energy prices and the natural gas shortage. While EU leaders are meeting and working on a solution, new figures reveal that gas prices have now risen to almost eight times higher than they were one year ago.

Dutch energy prices continue to rise at alarming rate

A few weeks ago, Dutch energy companies confirmed that, thanks to rising demand and an increasing shortage of natural gas across Europe, the Netherlands would see energy prices reach near-unaffordable levels for many families. Now, figures reveal that the price increase is happening at a much faster rate than predicted. 

On Tuesday evening, prices rose to reach 118 euros per megawatt-hour – almost eight times higher than this time last year. Experts say this significant increase can be attributed to growing concerns about Dutch gas stocks for the coming winter

The rising price of natural gas over the past few months meant energy companies chose not to refill their gas stocks after the unseasonably cold spring of 2021, which means the country could face a natural gas shortage, and will definitely have to deal with rising gas prices over the coming months.

EU leaders meet to discuss solutions to natural gas shortage

Companies and businesses across Europe have already admitted that rising energy prices are forcing them to up the prices of their products and services, meanwhile many households have already faced higher energy bills.

Researchers from The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies have warned that action will have to be taken in order to prevent a gas shortage, not only in the Netherlands, but across Europe. On Tuesday, EU leaders met in Slovenia to discuss possible solutions to the current energy crisis.

EU member states are putting pressure on the bloc to come up with a joint solution to the growing issue, meanwhile, several nations have already implemented their own policies in an attempt to combat the crisis. In the Netherlands, the Dutch government has set aside 500 million euros to reduce various energy-related taxes.

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After a fairly wet and dreary week of exceedingly autumnal weather, get ready to enjoy a few days of sunshine and warmth at the end of this week, with temperatures in the Netherlands possibly reaching as high as 20 degrees.

Hello sun, goodbye rain!

Ask anyone and they’ll be quick to tell you that the Netherlands didn’t really get much of a summer this year, and while September was, on the whole, a pretty dry and warm month, the first few days of October were anything but. You wouldn’t be blamed for losing hope of the chance of seeing the sun again this year, but the good news is that this week is set to bring some slightly nicer weather!

While Tuesday and Wednesday bring changeable conditions, with rain showers and cloudy skies expected for much of the country, Thursday will see things brighten up – literally – as the sun breaks through the cloud cover, with Friday and Saturday bringing dry and sunny weather, as well as temperatures of around 18 degrees to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague

Experts say the Netherlands can expect a dry October

Normally in early October, the Netherlands enjoys temperatures of 16 degrees, so the warm spell expected this week is definitely something to look forward to, and could also mark the start of what is looking to be a dry and mild autumn month. 

Meteorologists at Weerplaza have warned that people should definitely prepare for the nights to get increasingly colder throughout the month, but have a rather optimistic outlook for October, hinting that it could be relatively dry and warm.

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The Netherlands is known for its pancakes, and it’s a dish that thousands of people from all around the world enjoy when they visit the country. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth – the more whipped cream the better, right? – or opt for the more traditional and savoury spek met kaas, there really is something for everyone. 

It turns out that tourists aren’t the only people who enjoy a good pannenkoek: according to a recent study carried out by food delivery company Thuisbezorgd, Dutch citizens enjoy a good pancake too, and are extremely fond of snapping a quick picture of their delicious meal before digging in. In fact, Thuisbezorgd found that pancakes were the most Instagrammable Dutch dish!

Pannenkoeken named the most Instagrammable Dutch food

Researching the most popular international dishes on Instagram, Thuisbezorgd looked at a handful of traditional Dutch foods, examining the total hashtag count for each dish. With over 47,000 #pannenkoeken in the Netherlands alone, the versatile breakfast food took the top spot. Other Dutch foods to make it into the top 10 were snert – the traditional pea soup – and the beloved broodje kroket.

Internationally, pizza turned out to be the most popular choice in Europe, with over 80 million hashtags to date. Sushi nabbed the top spot in Asia, with a respectable 45 million tags, while residents in North America love sharing photos of their burgers (33 million tags).

Enjoy your very own homemade pancakes

There are so many different variations of the humble pancake: go old school with the fluffy American pancakes, or try something a little more sophisticated with the French crepe. You can go for the healthy option and try your hand at banana pancakes or oatmeal pancakes, or even avocado pancakes! While all these options are sure to be delicious, nothing beats a simple Dutch pancake – especially if you make it at home from scratch.

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While many people said they exercised less as a result of the coronavirus and the ensuing lockdowns, research conducted by the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) shows that, in reality, more people met fitness guidelines in 2020 than in 2019.

How did the Netherlands exercise in 2020?

Cast your mind back to last year, as the Netherlands entered its first lockdown – a new and foreign concept at the time – closing gyms and cancelling all fitness classes. This had a significant impact on people’s daily lives and fitness routines, with between 30 and 50 percent of people saying they exercised less during the coronavirus pandemic. 

In spite of this, however, the RIVM has found that 15 percent of people exercised more in 2020, with research revealing that more people complied with the government’s exercise guidelines in 2020 (53 percent) than in 2019 (49 percent). 

Government guidelines recommend at least 2,5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise a week, and strength exercises twice a week.

Working out during coronavirus

Last year, surveys conducted by the RIVM found that people exercised more regularly than in 2019. The proportion of people who admitted to exercising at least once a week was the same in 2020 as in the year before, but, on average, members of the public exercised three to four times a week in 2020 compared to just three times in 2019.

The lockdown also meant that people spent more time moving in and around their homes. Walking proved particularly popular, but the RIVM observed that time spent doing household chores and odd jobs such as working in your garden or clearing out your attic / basement was also considered exercise.

The RIVM notes that even those who claimed to spend less time exercising might have been too harsh on themselves – “People are sometimes not aware that they are moving,” explains researcher Wanda Wendel-Vos – but also emphasises that many people could not be contacted to take part in the survey as a result of COVID-19, and so the real figures could be slightly lower.

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Bonus safety actions have actually been executed for the security of Head Of State Mark Rutte, because of significant criminal hazards. According to Dutch information resources NOS and also De Telegraaf, Rutte is being greatly shielded for concern of being the target of an assault or kidnapping by ordered criminal offense.

Additional safety gauges to stop kidnappings or assaults

Supposed “watchmans” or gunman, even more particularly, questionable people connected with the Mocro Mafia, have actually been observed close to the Dutch PM on many celebrations, according to Telegraaf reporter Mick van Wely on the TELEVISION program Goedemorgen Nederland.

De Telegraaf paper has actually been in touch with the National Public Prosecution Solution ( Landelijk Parket van het Openbaar Ministerie) regarding the concern, to check out the feasible hazard versus Mark Rutte.

The additional safety and security steps would certainly include both noticeable as well as undetectable actions: armed law enforcement agents night and day along with drawing up the areas where Mark Rutte is arranged to go, meticulously checking all areas for possible risks.

Current murders planned to circulate concern as well as destabilise culture

Current murders connected to the Marengo test as well as Ridouan Taghi’s criminal organisation consist of the murder of legal representative Derk Wiersum in 2019 as well as criminal offense press reporter Peter R. de Vries a couple of months earlier. According to criminal offense experts talking to De Telegraaf, those behind the murders planned to circulate concern as well as destabilise culture.

This is why after Derk Wiersum’s murder, additional precaution were embarked on for loads of crucial individuals such as courts, district attorneys and also preachers in the Dutch federal government In the very same capillary, the prospective dangers to Rutte are being taken seriously, and also hefty safety has actually been considered an essential procedure in stopping a feasible kidnapping or assault.

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Thanks! The variety of wineries in the Netherlands has actually virtually folded the last 5 years.

Dutch wineries (as well as Dutch red wine!)

The Dutch are recognized for their beer and also jenever, and also while the beer sector in the Netherlands remains to expand, the growing white wine sector ought to absolutely not be neglected! When visualizing a winery, you might picture rolling hillsides in France, Italy, Australia or The golden state, however this tiny nation likewise has something unique to provide.

The expanding appeal of regional as well as natural white wines over the last couple of years has actually seen the Dutch red wine sector thrive; in 2016, there were just 94 wineries in the Netherlands, yet today the Chamber of Business (KvK) reported this number had actually virtually increased to 171 in2021

The Netherlands generates 900.00 0 litres of a glass of wine each year

In overall, Dutch wineries cover around 250 hectares of land (around 2,5 square kilometres), creating around 900.00 litres of red wine yearly – that’s around one million containers!

The numbers reveal that there are vineyards in all of the Dutch districts, yet Gelderland and also Limburg have actually verified to be one of the most prominent among vintners (or wine makers to those that like the beverage yet do not understand a lot concerning the procedure of making it). The bright side is that a lot of them are additionally open up to the general public for samplings and also trips, so the following time you’re unsure what to do on a bright weekend break, why not look into your neighborhood winery?

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You might assume it’s a little very early to currently be thinking of Xmas, however with October right nearby, it’s regretfully time to approve that summer season is formally over which you’ll be enhancing the tree prior to you recognize it. The joyful period can be an enchanting (however costly) season, nonetheless, this year it’s readied to obtain more expensive as a paper scarcity might see the cost of covering paper as well as Xmas cards increase by as high as 25 percent.

Coronavirus causes global paper lack

The coronavirus pandemic truly has actually influenced practically every element of our lives, also those you the very least anticipate. With every person stuck at house with extremely little to do, and also stores as well as dining establishments shut as an outcome of countless lockdowns, the Netherlands saw a considerable boost in the variety of on-line purchasing orders and also takeaways. This, consequently, brought about a boost in the manufacturing of cardboard boxes.

This fad has actually had a severe influence on the Dutch publication sector, however brand-new numbers expose that supposed pulp rubbing will certainly likewise see Xmas – along with schedules, covering paper, as well as publications – end up being much more costly. A lack of paper pulp has actually seen paper ended up being 15 percent much more pricey over the previous couple of months, and also with power costs additionally growing, customers can see paper items end up being in between 20 and also 25 percent a lot more costly.

The Netherlands to see cost of paper items climb

Marco Eikelenboom from Sappi, a South African paper firm, states buyers will definitely observe the greater rates: “The customer that acquires publications, Xmas cards and also schedules will certainly really feel something. That is unpreventable.”

Dutch welcoming card business, Touché Cards, informed NOS that they have actually currently needed to boost the costs of several of their Xmas cards, however has actually assured consumers that the modification in rate will just relate to cards delivered in from China – cards generated right here in Europe will certainly continue to be the very same rate.

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