This report documents the Netherlands' submission of its annual greenhouse gas emission inventory for 2017, in accordance with the guidelines provided by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the European Union's Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Mechanism. The report contains information on the observed trends in emissions, an assessment of the main emission sources and the uncertainty related to their emission levels, the methods and data sources used, and the emission factors applied. Furthermore, it provides a description of the quality assurance system and data-verification activities.
Greenhouse gas emission increased in 2015
Total greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands increased in 2015 by approximately 4%, compared with those in 2014. This was mainly the result of an increase in fuel consumption due to the relatively cold winter of 2015, and an increase in electricity production in coal-fired power plants. In 2015, total greenhouse gas emissions (including emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF)) in the Netherlands amounted to 195.2 Tg CO2 eq. This is approximately 12.5% below the 1990 emission level.