ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cardinal sentence in The Hague; Dutch government has to put limits on Greenhose Gases Emissions

Updated on June 26, 2015

Lawyer and Urgenda foundation member happy about victory


The health of the citizens is the principle and base of this cardinal sentence. And it could not be other way: "The State has a legal obligation to protect its citizens, and has therefore been required by the court to take the necessary precautions. The court is demanding that the Dutch government do what the government itself has already deemed necessary". That's what GWEC reports about it. And of course that's a landmark for all of those citizens around the world; "hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way for similar legal battles" as the New York Times had to say on it.

Previous limits on emissions, although general, worldwide and complex, they were all decided by governments and not imposed to them. With this judgement it has been posed the first real limit to a government on emissions. The reason of such hesitation, lasting from the early 90's, has to be found firstly on the fact emissions do have general consequences and a worldwide impact. So that a single nation can hardly be able to have a sensible impact on emissions global datas. The Netherlands are the first European country over 10 millions inhabitants (otherwise first would be Luxemburg) in CO2 emissions per capita; but due to the smallness of the total population, their emissions are at least 10% of western Europe. So now the impulse comes from a small but emblematic country, and that should be the beginning of a new trend.

Greenhouse gases emissions per countries by absolute data (MtCO2e size) and worldwide percentage (level on axis)


In the end the court is ordering the Netherlands to reduce CO2 emission by a minimum of 25% (compared to 1990) by 2020, while current trend was leading to 16%. Coherently with this, Denmark and Germany are already on course to cut 40% of their CO2 emissions by 2020. Consequences on the economy have been studied: according to the United Nations Foundation "All economic studies of the issue conclude that even with currently available technologies, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced 80 percent by 2050 without substantially affecting economic growth".

Global renewable electricity production by country, 2013


As it's intuitive, this judgement does give impulse to the growth of the renewable energy sector; which growth starts compensating the loss of energy form the reshaping of the nuclear.

Zero energy buildings have to rise by 10% by tax stimulations


The problem is not the one of economic growth to be affected but the one of new policies to be financed. To reach this saving, energy neutral houses are preeminent element. To give an idea of the proportions, getting energy neutral 10% of Dutch houses (700.000) in five years would generate a sufficient reduction. To agree with legal terms, investments made by people should be around 60 - 80 billions of euros in 5 years. That is to say, half year budget of the Dutch government. this should be possible through fiscal stimulation (ex. saving by deduction and white certificates), as regulation and impositions will be used just to reach the 2050 goals. Interesting to notice, rawly six years revenues form gas can repay the investment.

Scenario about Dutch energy indicator houses

Realisation (until 2015) and future projection of energy indicator of the average house in the Netherlands (2015-2070)
Realisation (until 2015) and future projection of energy indicator of the average house in the Netherlands (2015-2070) | Source


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)