Aviation is responsible for almost half of the greenhouse gases emitted by the Dutch transport sector, according to new research by national statistics agency CBS.
In total, the transport sector was responsible for 26 billion kilos of carbon dioxide emissions last year, of which 49% was due to air travel. Sea shipping accounted for a further 26% and road traffic 21%.
The CBS points out that road traffic is the only one of the big three causes of transport-related pollution to be tackled in the government’s climate change plans.
The transport sector is responsible for some 12% of total Dutch greenhouse gas emissions, a rise of three percent on 2010, the CBS said. Aviation emissions have risen 13% over the period, as flying soars in popularity.
Some 95% of aviation-related greenhouse gases have an impact abroad.