ECN publication
Effect energiebesparingsbeleid CO2-emissies 1990-2000
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 1-3-2002
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-C--02-004 ECN publication
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In this study, the effects of and environmental policy and climate changepolicy on the development of greenhouse gasses in 2000 is estimated. The study is conducted by the Energy research Centre of the Netheríands (ECN), department of Policy Studies, and the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Policy instruments generally have the aim to promote the market penetration of energy saving options or options that mitigate impact on the environment. Without these policy instruments, the saving options will also penetrate the market, but in genera1 in a lower speed. In order to make an estimate of the policy impact on the development of the emission of greenhouse gasses, usually an estimate has to be made of the market situation without environmental and climate change policy. It should be noted that in this approach relative large uncertainties are involved. When possible, the effects of environmental and climate change policy are estimated per policy instrument. However, in some cases, the effects of a set of policy instruments can not be estimated on individual basis, due to interactions between these policy instruments. As a result of environmental and climate change policy in the period 1990-2000, total CO2-emissions have decreased by about 14 Mton in the year 2000. The total reduction of non-CO2-gasses amounts to approximately 13 Mton. The total reduction of greenhouse gasses, as a result of policy instruments, of about 27 Mton is well over 10% of the total emission of greenhouse gasses in the Netherlands in the year 2000. Especially policy instruments aimed at reducing emissions of fluorine gasses (6.5 Mton CO2-eq.), CHP-policy (4.2 Mton CO2) as well as policy instruments in residential and commercial buildings (3.6 Mton CO2), industry (3.2 Mton CO2) and waste dumps (4 Mton CO2-eq.) have had major impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.

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