The Netherlands is unlikely to achieve EU emissions standards by 2015, according to a report published on Tuesday by the national environment assessment agency PBL and the ECN energy research centre.
The report estimates the country will achieve roughly 50% of the EU standard in nitrogen emitted by traffic, industry and energy companies and in ammonia emissions in agriculture.
The two organisation estimate that CO2 emissions will be above the 6% drop on 1990 figures agreed in the Kyoto protocol for the period 2008-2012. This can be off-set by buying carbon credits under the EU emissions trading scheme.
The Netherlands will, however, reach targets on emissions of sulphuric dioxide and air-born particles, says the report.
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