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Upscaling Sustainability: RVO adopts iSHARE Framework to boost Green Deal Data Space

The Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO, part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs) and iSHARE Foundation have signed an agreement for data sharing on non-residential buildings. This collaboration aims to identify, benchmark, and share energy consumption data per square meter for participant buildings.
Barto Piersma - National Programma Director (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) and Gerard van der Hoeven - Executive Director (iSHARE)

In a significant step towards achieving its climate and sustainability goals, the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO Dutch Enterprise Agency) has officially embraced the iSHARE Trust and Legal Framework, marking a pivotal moment in the Netherlands’ journey towards a greener future. The Dutch Enterprise Agency, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, is guiding the execution of the Paris Agreement within the country, reaffirming its commitment to combatting climate change on a global scale.

At the heart of this groundbreaking initiative lies the creation of a new data space designed to enhance the sustainability of business buildings across the Netherlands. By offering grants to organizations that aspire to make their structures more environmentally conscious – installing solar panels, heat pumps, and more – the RVO is championing a shift towards energy efficiency. However, to drive such efficiency, a key component is missing: data.

iSHARE provides the Trust and Legal Framework for Data Sharing, enclosing a suite of standardized agreements and protocols to enable organizations to securely and efficiently allow others to access their existing data. Through iSHARE implementation by service providers like in this case the utilities and Cadastre, the building owners can control both the access and the control of data sets. iSHARE ensures data security and compliance with privacy regulations. The use of the iSHARE standard is cross-industry and hence the onboarding on iSHARE is a first step in governing data in many industries. 

The newly launched Green Data Space, powered by iSHARE, enables organizations to access and share crucial information about their energy consumption. This is not merely a technological development, but a strategic one that has the potential to reshape sustainability efforts across industries.

Empowering Organizations for Collaborative Sustainability

This initiative fosters a collaborative approach, aligning businesses and entities with a shared goal: sustainability. Organizations can now easily gain insights into their energy consumption of their buildings and compare this with similar buildings. But the true genius of this endeavor lies in the permissioned sharing of this data.

Businesses are encouraged to share their energy consumption insights with other organizations, to seek assistance in optimizing their buildings. The RVO itself also benefits by gaining valuable insights into energy consumption trends. However, the foundation of this sharing is a trusted layer of data security and privacy protection, ensuring that control over sensitive information remains firmly in the hands of those who generate it.

Unveiling the Green Deal Data Space: A Milestone

This is more than just a minor leap in sustainability efforts; it is a monumental step towards realizing the Green Deal’s potential. The launch of the Green Deal Data Space is a first-of-its-kind initiative that is live and accessible to every one of the Netherlands’ thousands of organizations. This unprecedented access allows businesses to understand their energy consumption better, provide controlled access to relevant stakeholders, and collectively work towards a more sustainable future.

A Blueprint for Europe’s Sustainable Future

The visionary adoption of the iSHARE Trust and Legal Framework and the establishment of the Green Deal Data Space could potentially serve as a blueprint for the entire European Union. By utilizing the power of data and collaboration, the European Union can effectively channel efforts towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This includes tackling climate change, promoting clean energy, and ensuring responsible consumption and production – all of which are integral to securing a sustainable and prosperous future for the continent.

The RVO Dutch Agency’s adoption of the iSHARE Trust and Legal Framework and the subsequent creation of the Green Deal Data Space marks a turning point in sustainable initiatives. It transcends beyond technological advancements and data sharing; it represents a collective determination to safeguard the environment and drive real change. As organizations in the Netherlands gain control over their data and share insights, the nation moves closer to a greener and more sustainable future. The journey ahead is not only an inspiration for the Netherlands but also a beacon of hope for the European Union and the world in their pursuit of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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