Sunday, July 20, 2008

One-Third Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions is Illusion

The consultancy firm Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has undertaken a study of the Dutch energy sector. They have come to the conclusion that the Dutch targets of reduction of carbon dioxide emissions are entirely illusory. Even though the official target is a reduction of 30%, this in fact means a reduction of almost 50% because the base year for the target is 1990. Dutch electricity plants are largely obsolete units from the 1960s and 1970s, which have an expected lifetime of another few decades. The cosultancy says that as the Dutch government has no clear priorities in its energy policy, it will achieve very little in the next three years.

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