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Verkenning voor Rotterdam Climate Initiative - CO2-emissies tot 2030
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 25-4-2013
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--13-019 ECN publication
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The Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI) aims to reduce the CO2 emissions within the city and port of Rotterdam by 50% in 2025 as compared to 1990. This target translates into a total emission of 12 Mton of CO2. In this study, Rotterdam’s CO2 emissions have been re-estimated to evaluate RCI’s policy assignment for the future years 2015, 2020, 2025 and 2030 based on autonomous developments combined with a national and European policy framework that is assumed to be fixed. This study only explores the sectors Energy & Industry and Freight transport within Rotterdam. The results demonstrate that:

  • CO2 emissions resulting from the sector Energy & Industry increase from 26.5 Mton CO2 in 2011 to 33.8 Mton CO2 in 2020, and slightly decrease afterwards to 29.4 Mton CO2 in 2025 and 2030.
  • CO2 emissions resulting from Freight transport increase from 1.0 Mton CO2 in 2011 to 1.4 Mton CO2 in 2025 and increase further to 1.6 Mton in 2030.

This means that under fixed national and European policy, without local, additional government measures, these sectors alone already exceed the emission target, and that substantial effort will be needed to attain the 50% CO2 reduction target. The estimated CO2 emissions are lower than those reported in the previous study that was published in 2010. Differences are mainly due to lower CO2 emissions from power plants as compared to the study in 2010. These are influenced by many different developments, such as high gas prices, low electricity prices and low CO2 prices.

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