CO2 emissions in the Netherlands were down by 4.4% in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19) year-on-year, the Dutch statistical office CBS announced late Tuesday.
It was slightly less warm in the 3Q19 than in the same quarter of 2018 (3Q18). Adjusted for this weather effect, CO2 emissions were 4.9% lower in 3Q19 compared to 3Q18, CBS said.
The office said the decline in CO2 emissions in 3Q19 was mainly due to energy companies using less coal and more natural gas for their electricity production.
Gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 1.9% in 3Q19, CBS noted, while the emissions went down.
In the same period, CO2 emissions by energy, water and waste management companies were down by nearly 13% year-on-year.
"These companies accounted for nearly 29 percent of total CO2 emissions," CBS stressed.
In the 3Q19, emissions of CO2 in the cluster agriculture, mining, manufacturing industry and construction were over 5% down compared to 3Q18.
This cluster was responsible for over 26% of total emissions in that quarter in 2019. The petroleum industry emitted more CO2 while emissions by the chemical industry and the metal industry were lower than the same period in 2018, CBS said.
- Higher CO2 emissions by households and services sector
CO2 emissions by households were nearly 3% higher in 3Q19 than 3Q18. More natural gas was used for heating of homes and motor fuel consumption was up as well. Households occupied a share in total CO2 emissions exceeding 17%.
CO2 emissions by the services sector were up by over 3% year-on-year. The share of the services sector in total emissions stood at nearly 11%.
- Transport sector emits more CO2
CO2 emissions by the transport sector were up by nearly 2% year-on-year in 3Q19. This sector accounted for over 17% of total emissions. Emissions by the aviation sector, road haulage and inland shipping increased, while maritime shipping emissions decreased, according to the office.
By Ebru Sengul