The Netherlands is set to reach its Kyoto agreement target for cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 2010 – thanks largely to its investment in projects outside Europe.
The Netherlands has pledged to cut the amount of its greenhouse gases by 6% between 2008 and 2012, when compared with 1990 levels.
New estimates from the European Commission show that CO2 emissions in the Netherlands itself will rise by 0.7%, but Dutch-funded projects in China, India and other developing countries will reduce emissions there by 9.3%. As Dutch-supported projects, this reduction can be subtracted from the Netherlands’ total.
Many other EU countries were told they need to take extra steps if they are to achieve their targets. In particular Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Italy are in danger of missing their goals, EC figures show.
A spokesman for the Dutch environment ministry said that the EC report confirms its own calculations that the Netherlands is on target. Dutch efforts to reduce carbon dioxide pollution include the adding of plant-based fuel to diesel, tax breaks on environmentally-friendly cars and more use of wind power.
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