Netherlands emitted slightly more CO2 last year, breaking declining trend

So much for the “great reset”. We need a new system, not based on infinite growth. As long as we have the current system we won’t be able to solve many problems effectively, including climate change.

The main culprit behind the increased emissions is the high price of natural gas, which meant that power plants used more coal to generate electricity last year. Firing coal releases more CO2 than natural gas. The largest coal-fired power station in the Netherlands, the RWE one in Eemshaven, emitted twice as much CO2 - 5.3 megatons last year compared to 2.5 megatons in 2020. Together, the coal-fired power stations accounted for 7 percent of the total emissions in the Netherlands.