Energy demand

Explanation of the problem

During a hot period, the energy demand increases due to the rising use of cooling systems and air conditioning. During a period with temperatures around 30°C, the Netherlands consumes approximately 10 % more electricity. Energy companies notice an increase in energy demand on hot days.

Information and maps for better understanding

Basic maps according to the standardized stress test


Additional maps

  • Map showing the number of summer or tropical days now and in the future (Climate Impact Atlas) → provides insight into the number of days when the energy demand will increase for more cooling.

Some measures and guidelines

  • Building adjustments to keep the building cool:
      • Install sunshades (preferably outside) and overhangings to prevent excessive heat from entering (especially important in well-insulated buildings where a lot of sunlight enters).
      • Establish active or passive ventilation.
      • Implement green/blue roofs and facades to prevent indoor warming.
  • Use energy-efficient equipment (a fan consumes much less energy than an air conditioner).
  • Provide targeted information about cooling measures and energy consumption during hot days.
  • Spatial adaptation to keep outdoor temperature and perceived temperature low (see comfort in the city).