Monday, 18 August 2014 - 13:33
Drop in CO2 emissions on warm weather
Due to the mild weather this year, there was less CO2 emissions in the second quarter than a year ago. According to figures from the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) Netherlands, emissions dropped with 0.9 percent, NU.nl reports. Without the influence of the weather, CO2 emissions actually rose faster than the economy, at 3.7 compared to 0.9 percent, the CBS states. Energy companies were especially having a hard time limiting their CO2 emissions in the second quarter, this is because they used more coal and less natural gas. "Burning coal releases not only relatively a lot of emissions, but coal also has a lower efficiency compared to natural gas", the CBS writes. For industry and transport, higher productivity compared to last year also meant that they were producing more CO2 emissions.