Van der Wal investigates further restrictions on the use of latent space

Minister Christian van der Waal for Nitrogen and Nature Affairs, along with the counties, is looking at how to restrict unwanted use of space inherent in environmental permits.

Van der Wal will provide more information on this before the summer. This is evidenced by the minister’s answers to parliamentary questions from the D66 and the Animals Party (PvdD) about increasing excess nitrogen. According to her, ranchers’ use of the premises inherent in ecological permits is already limited.

This has to do with various regulations, for example in the field of animal rights, phosphate rights, manure processing and financial and economic obstacles. In response to parliamentary questions, the VVD Minister acknowledged that excess nitrogen deposition increased in 2020 compared to 2019. ‘It is a picture of the trend we have seen since 2010. Excess nitrogen in soils has increased, in part due to the increased use of synthetic fertilizers.’

Fertilizer alternatives

So Van der Wal states that the Department of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality is committed to making fertilizer alternatives from animal manure possible in order to reduce the use of nitrogen fertilizers. According to the Minister, there is no doubt, as suggested by D66 and PvdD, about the legal basis for offshore netting with nitrogen rights.

External netting also does not lead to more nitrogen deposition. The netting can only be done with the already achieved capacity. This means that the unrealized capacity, which is part of the latent space, will expire when the creditor’s license is revoked. In addition, 30 percent of the depositor’s deposit is deducted.

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Finally, when asked van der Waal will discuss netting with sleeper passes. “This is not possible based on the rules of the policy in place,” she says.

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