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Remkes Commission comes with early aviation nitrogen advice

2019-10-30T22:30:56.271Z

Agriculture minister Carola Schouten has asked the Remkes Committee to issue an accelerated nitrogen recommendation, reports NOS. The committee will now present the report before the end of the year, a committee spokesman confirms to NU.nl.



Agriculture minister Carola Schouten has asked the Remkes Committee to issue an accelerated nitrogen recommendation, reports NOS. The committee will now present the report before the end of the year, a committee spokesman confirms to NU.nl.

The report on aviation will be the second recommendation that the Remkes Committee gives on the nitrogen problem in the Netherlands. Originally, the advice on aviation would not be published until May 2020.

In the first opinion in September, the committee advised the government to take "drastic measures". The highest court in the Netherlands had ruled that for years the government had pursued a nitrogen policy that was contrary to European rules.

As a result, all kinds of sectors in the Netherlands had been given too much room to emit nitrogen. In the first report, Remkes advised, among other things, to reduce emissions from livestock and to reduce the maximum speed.

See also: NUcheckt: Why Schiphol is not the biggest cause of the nitrogen problem

"Airports do not have a nature permit"

In the second report, the Remkes Committee will pass judgment on the nature permits of airports. This confirms a spokesperson for the advisory committee at NU.nl.

Environmental organizations state that a number of airports in the Netherlands are wrong to have no nature permits. According to NOS, this concerns Schiphol, Lelystad Airport, Rotterdam, The Hague Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde and Eindhoven Airport.

See also: Eight questions (and answers) about the nitrogen problem

New type of feed reduces emissions

The report may also include an advice on the introduction of a new type of animal feed, which reduces nitrogen emissions from cows. That confirms the spokesperson. A specific type of enzyme has been added to the feed.

Insiders report to NOS that the cabinet would be prepared to bear the costs of the new, more expensive animal feed if it provides extra nitrogen space.

'Construction shrinks for the first time since crisis'

On Wednesday, the construction sector on the Malieveld in The Hague protested against the effects of nitrogen policy. The Economic Institute for Construction (EIB) reports to Nieuwsuur that the nitrogen crisis will cost thousands of jobs in construction.

The EIB examined the effects of the nitrogen problem on construction projects and expects the sector to shrink for the first time since the economic crisis.

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Aerial footage of packed Malieveld during construction sector protest

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