Bring Paris home

Impact Assessment of the Dutch Climate Summit 2016

Published: 09/11/2016

In the 2015 Paris Agreement, 195 countries agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C. In the Netherlands, a lot of actions are already being taken to combat climate change. On October 26th, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment hosted the “Nationale Klimaattop 2016”, the Dutch Climate Summit to further speed-up, broaden and deepen climate action in the Netherlands. At this event, several local governments, community organisations and businesses came together to translate the climate goal agreed in Paris into concrete climate actions in the Netherlands. A variety of initiatives have led to the development of at least 12 new climate commitments and three plans for climate action. These commitments and plans were launched at the Summit. In this publication, commissioned by the Ministry, Ecofys assessed the emission reduction potential of these 15 initiatives for the Netherlands.

In at least 12 of the 50 break-out sessions at the summit, concrete new commitments were signed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Netherlands. These 12 new commitments result in a 17.6 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) reduction in annual GHG emissions in 2030, equivalent to 9% of the current GHG emission level in the Netherlands. These emission reductions are equivalent to taking 7 million passenger cars off the road or making 2.2 million households carbon neutral.

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