• Netherlands set to miss 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by wide margin

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

The Netherlands is expected to miss its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, its main environmental advisory body, PBL, has said. The country had hoped to achieve a 49% reduction in GHG emissions relative to those of 1990, but instead is on track to achieve 34% at present rates – emissions would have to fall at double the rate over the next decade to achieve the target. By 2019, emissions had fallen 17% from 1990 levels, meaning there is significant work to do to achieve even the projected 34%. Apart from looking likely to miss the national target, the Netherlands looks even more likely to fail to meet the proposed European Commission 2030 target of 55%. It appears the PBL projection does not take into account some of the national government’s already-stated plans to reduce emissions, which may point to a somewhat higher emissions reduction by 2030, but the finding suggests just what a difficult task reducing GHG emissions by large amounts in economies will be, both by 2030 and by 2050.