Dutch parliament has decided to close all its coal-fired power plants

29/09/2016 00:33

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The Dutch parliament has decided yesterday to cut by 55% the country’s CO2 emissions by 2030. This would mean that the Netherlands would have to close all its coal- fired power plants. The decision taken by the Parliament would bring the Netherlands undoubtedly in line with the Paris Climate Change pact, which has a long-term goal of cutting CO2 levels by 80-95 per cent by 2050.

Last year the country saw its greenhouse gas emission increased by about 5% in 2015 in comparison to 2014, while carbon monoxide levels also rose last year, being 2% higher than in 1990. The raise was due to a boost in coal-fired power production. In 2015, the Netherlands have already closed 5 coal fired-power stations, but there are other five plants, with three of them coming into operation last year.

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