Fall in Dutch environmental pollution
15 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Environmental pollution caused by Dutch economic activity has declined in the past 10 years, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.
15 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — Environmental pollution caused by Dutch economic activity has declined in the past 10 years, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.
Only emissions of greenhouse gases have remained unchanged, news service NIS reported.
Between 1995 and 2005, the Dutch economy grew by more than 25 percent, but pollution declined because companies switched to cleaner production methods.
In general, households' pollution has also declined, despite an increase in consumer spending.
In 2005, proceeds from environmental taxes increased by 7 percent from 2004. Households pay about half of these taxes.
The average household paid about EUR 1,800 in environmental taxes last year. Households also paid on EUR 1,200 in fuel excise duties, motor taxation and energy tax.
In 2005, the transport sector was responsible for 12 percent of emissions of greenhouse gases.
Hothouse farming uses a lot of natural gas and electricity, while a relatively large amount of energy is used in air travel.
The environmental sector contributes EUR 8 billion to the Dutch economy and accounts for 1.4 percent of employment.
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Subject: Dutch news