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National SDG targets require political decisions based on scientific knowledge on global limits, distributive fairness and footprints


In a study focused on environmental SDGs, PBL discusses required normative, political decisions and the possible role of scientific knowledge for translating global SDG ambitions into national targets and policies.


KNAW membership for PBL researcher


Professor Detlef van Vuuren, climate scientist at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, has been awarded membership of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Van Vuuren receives this membership because of his outstanding scientific research on global sustainability issues, and on climate in particular.

Increasing water risks are a barrier to sustainable development


Where in the world will people’s lives be affected by water issues? What is the impact of a growing global population, urbanisation and climate change on these water risks, the food supply and migration? PBL’s report, The geography of future water challenges, uses powerful images to provide insight into these global challenges up to 2050.


Linking water security threats to conflict

The relationship between water issues and conflict risks received much attention, both in the literature and the media. PBL provides an extensive overview of the available literature and debates and analyses the certainties and uncertainties in the water and conflict domain.

Fewer negative emissions?

The objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement can be attained with fewer negative emissions than shown in the majority of analyses. Researchers from PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Utrecht University draw these conclusions in Nature Climate Change.

People and the Earth

The publication ‘People and the Earth: International cooperation for the Sustainable Development Goals in 23 infographics’ uses visual representations to communicate challenges and options for making progress towards the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Opportunities for a circular economy

Countries in Europe can profit from a circular economy. This 1-page website covers all aspects of a circular economy, showing that it involves much more than merely recycling materials.

Cities in Europe and the Netherlands

Cities are expected to play a key role in delivering the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth. Cities and urban areas in Europe presented in 25 infographics.