Dutch move to cut Romanian greenhouse gases

Netherlands seeks emission reduction credits under Kyoto joint implementation mechanism

The Netherlands has agreed with Romania on projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the eastern European country in a joint project under which the Dutch government hopes eventually to claim gas reduction credits under the joint implementation mechanism of Kyoto climate change protocol. Both governments have agreed to open a public tender for a project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Romania. European companies can tender for the project at an agency of the Dutch economics ministry, SENTER. The two countries will choose the project which brings the biggest reduction at the lowest cost. The Dutch government has said that it wants to use joint implementation and emissions trading to reach half of its greenhouse gas reduction target set in the Kyoto protocol. It has pledged to meet the other half through domestic measures (ENDS Daily 23 June 1999). The Netherlands has already completed four energy efficiency projects in Romania, for example in electricity and water companies, and two new projects are about to start. The government hopes to get the projects accepted later as part of the Kyoto flexible mechanisms. The Netherlands has also been carrying out experiments on joint implementation with several other eastern and central European countries including Bulgaria and Poland, although Romania is the first to secure an official agreement..

Follow Up:
Dutch economics ministry, tel: +31 70 379 8911; SENTER, tel: +31 70 361 0377.

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