Over 50% of carbon dioxide emissions in the Netherlands stems from just 10 Dutch companies, broadcaster NOS said on Wednesday.
The list is made up of the five Dutch coal-fired power stations, and includes Tata Steel in IJmuiden, the Chemelot chemicals campus in Limburg, Zeeland-based chemicals compay Yara and Shell’s Dutch refining activities.
The figures come from the Dutch Emissions Authority and were specially requested by NOS.
‘The emissions from these 10 companies are three times that produced by all Dutch households put together,’ NOS said. ‘In addition, their combined emissions have not gone down over the past five years but have gone up.’
Tata Steel Nederland chief executive Theo Henrar told the broadcaster that the company’s inclusion on the list is not something to be proud of. ‘But we are working extremely hard on becoming more sustainable,’ he said.
The company aims to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by five million tonnes by 2030. Current prognoses suggest the Netherlands is on course to reduce CO2 emissions by only 23% of 1990 levels by 2020, below the reduction in international agreements.
Potential solutions include closing coal-fired power stations sooner than planned. All five are currently scheduled for closure by 2030.