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The industry in the Northern Netherlands is well ahead of the Paris climate targets, as a recent progress report (May 2020) shows. The report was presented to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate, Eric Wiebes, on 26 May.
Editorial office / Groningen

The contribution of Dutch industry, including that in the Northern Netherlands, from Emmen to Eemshaven, is essential to meeting the Dutch carbon emission targets in 2030 and 2050. In the Northern Netherlands, the regional Industry Forum drew up a report in 2018 on the reductions already achieved and ways of further reducing carbon emissions.

“Since the survey of ways of reducing carbon emissions in the Northern Netherlands in 2018, a number of outstanding projects have been completed resulting in a reduction of carbon of 54 per cent per tonne of product compared to the reference year 1990. As a result, here in the North we are already almost meeting the 2030 Paris targets,” says Cas König, chairman of the Industry Forum for the Northern Netherlands and CEO of Groningen Seaports.

In the period from 1990 to 2019, carbon emissions went down by 700,000 kilotonnes per year (-26 percent). During the same period, the production of companies increased from 4.6 to 7 megatonnes. As a result of efficient growth, carbon emissions per tonne of product are 54 per cent lower. Relative emissions have fallen significantly further.

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