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Dutch Parliament to Close All its Coal-Fired Power Plants

Dutch Parliament to Close All its Coal-Fired Power Plants

The decision taken by the Parliament would bring the Netherlands in line with the Paris Climate Change pact.

The Dutch parliament has decided 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, according to a report from Energy Market Price. The decision taken by the Parliament would bring the Netherlands in line with the Paris Climate Change pact, which has a long-term goal of cutting CO2 levels by 80-95% 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 five coal fired-power stations, but there are other five plants, with three of them coming into operation last year.

Norway also intends to ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2025. Norway is the largest market for electric cars in the world, with electric vehicles accounting for 24% on the road.

 

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