In the second quarter, emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases were 11 percent higher than in the same period a year earlier.

The Central Bureau of Statistics and RIVM report this on Wednesday based on provisional figures.

The total emissions are also approaching the level of before the corona crisis.

Emissions are already higher in some sectors, including industry and agriculture.

The increase in greenhouse gas emissions is mainly attributable to higher natural gas consumption.

Due to the cold weather, this was necessary for households and offices to burn, while greenhouse horticulture consumed more natural gas for its own combined heat and power plants.

They are powered by a gas-fired engine and provide heat and electricity.

It was less sunny, which meant that the lighting of greenhouses had to be used more often.

Industry also saw emissions increase.

More was produced in the second quarter than a year earlier, resulting in higher emissions.

Although emissions from the electricity sector were 2 percent higher, they remain below the level of before the corona crisis.

The same applies to the mobility sector, although CO2 emissions did increase compared to the same period in 2020 due to the recovery of air traffic and the transport sector. Households also took the car more often in the past quarter.