This report contains trend analysis of emissions of greenhouse gases in the period 1990-2008, based on documentation of the methods, emission factors and data sources. In addition, an analysis of so-called key sources and their uncertainty is presented including an overview of the quality control and the validation of the emissions of the Dutch Emission Inventory. The report, for the first time, also includes the mandatory reporting under the Kyoto Protocol.
Between 2007 and 2008, total greenhouse gas emissions in The Netherlands remained stable. CO2 emissions have increased by 2%. A sharp decrease in N2O emissions (-24%) offset this increase. The decrease is the result of emission abatement in the nitric acid production resulting in a reduction of 3.7 Tg (CO2 equivalent) in this sector.
In 2008, total direct greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands are estimated at 206.9 Tg CO2 equivalent. This is three percent below the emissions in the base year (213.3 Tg CO2 equivalent).
Above-mentioned figures are all excluding emissions from land use change and forestry (LULUCF).