Articles | Volume 382
Pre-conference publication
22 Apr 2020
Pre-conference publication |  | 22 Apr 2020

The potential impact of measures taken by water authorities on greenhouse gas emissions

Anne Marieke Motelica-Wagenaar, Tim A. H. M. Pelsma, Laura Moria, and Sarian Kosten

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Water authorities responsible for water quantity and water quality management may strongly influence the magnitude of greenhouse gas emissions from surface waters and adjacent peat areas within their territories. In a case study of the Dutch Water Authority Amstel, Gooi and Vecht it is estimated that these emissions are about 10 times higher than the climate footprint of the operational management of the water authority.