The Dutch energy companies have reduced their CO2 emissions last year. By making less use of coal to generate electricity, greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 6.6 percent, the Dutch Emission Authority reports.
The industry also lowered emissions, but did so by a slightly more modest 1.9 percent. It is still too early to speak about a forming trend of cleaner production. The entire Dutch business sector cut emissions by 4.4 percent.
The falling CO2 emissions may be related to the higher prices for greenhouse gas under the European emissions trading system. In January last year, a tonne of CO2 still cost 8 euros, in December it was risen to a solid 23 euros.