08:48 Industry fails to reduce emissions despite increased CO2 tax

The CO2 emissions of Dutch industry increased slightly last year compared to 2020. The industry still emits the same amount of emissions as six years ago, according to new figures from the Dutch Emissions Authority. This means that emissions must be drastically reduced in order to achieve the Dutch climate targets.

Last year, the industry emitted about 42 megatons of CO2, about a quarter of the Dutch total. This amount has been the same for years, although companies are increasingly paying for their emissions.

The number of free emission rights that companies receive each year under the European Emissions Trading System has fallen, while the price of CO2 has risen sharply in the past six months to around 80 euros per tonne. Revenues from these rights doubled last year, thanks to the receipt by the Dutch government of some 900 million euros from the sale of the CO2 rights.

Mark Bressens, director of the Emissions Authority, says it was “disappointing” that there was no reduction in emissions last year. “The industry and energy sector still need to take action to achieve the goals of the 2030 climate agreement. For this you naturally expect a reduction in CO2 emissions every year.”

Coal-fired power stations emit more

Emissions from Dutch coal-fired power stations also rose sharply last year. Due to the high price of natural gas, they were mainly used for electricity generation. More biomass was also burned. According to the official calculation method, no CO2 is released, since the biomass must have a sustainable origin. Emissions from gas-fired plants fell sharply and more green electricity was produced, reducing emissions from the entire energy sector by more than 1%.

This year, emissions from coal-fired power plants are expected to fall further as they are legally limited to 35% of their maximum generation. This measure is intended to ensure that the Netherlands meets the climate target from the Urgenda case by 2022. The judge ruled that from 2020 the Netherlands must emit at least 25% less than in 1990. seems to have been achieved.

Minister Rob Jetten (Climate and Energy) recently said that it will remain unclear in the coming years whether the Urgenda target will be achieved. Nevertheless, the government hopes to reduce emissions by 55-60% in 2030 compared to 1990. To achieve this, major measures will have to be taken in industry in the coming years.

Source: NU