Transport now biggest polluter in US
Power stations are no longer the biggest source of CO2-pollution in the United States. They have been overtaken by the sector of transport. It’s the first time in 40 years that the production of energy isn’t the biggest CO2-polluter any more.
Power stations aren’t the biggest CO2-source any more in the United States. The whole industry of producing energy has kept this “title” for over 40 years, but now it hast lost it to transport in general.
Figures from the Energy Information Administration show that this shift doesn’t mean that cars, trucks, boats, planes etc. produce more CO2 than before, it’s the energy sector that has taken a turnaround.
Under the Obama administration the use of coal has been drastically reduced, one third less in the last 10 years. The alternatives to create energy are mostly solar and wind power. The third big alternative is gas.
In the Netherlands
Also in the Netherlands there has been a reduction of CO2-pollution regarding energy creation. Nevertheless the energy sector is still the biggest polluter. According to the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) the energy sector (including waste treatment and water companies) is still responsible for one third of the total CO2-emissions.
The transport sector as a whole was responsible for 18% of this same CO2-pollution during the third quarter of the year in the Netherlands. There was a slight increase in pollution caused by transport of goods, probably due to an increase in transport movements as a result of a growing economy.
For Belgium there are no figures available yet, but one can assume that the trend is following the one in the Netherlands.