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Analysis of the Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) risks in the international hydrogen value chain

Waterstof Beleid en toezichtRapport28 februari 2023Jacques van de Worp

Rapport Arcadis analysis H2 value chain risks

The government of The Netherlands expects that, while doing business, Dutch companies conduct due diligence in line with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, 2011 (hereafter: OECD Guidelines), which means identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for actual and potential adverse impacts in their own operations, their supply chain and other business relationships. Companies are expected to carry out due diligence process by
implementing the six due diligence steps1 outlined in the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct2, 2018 (hereafter: OECD RBC Guidance).

In this context, Arcadis B.V. has been hired by RVO and Ministry of Economische Zaken en Klimaat (EZK) to perform a preliminary RBC risk analysis for hydrogen import to the Netherlands. This request has originated from a request by the Dutch Parliament (April 2022) to identify Responsible Business Conduct (hereafter: RBC) risks associated with the import of hydrogen to meet the increasing hydrogen demand in the Netherlands.