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The Circular Economy: starting progress measurement


The report was published in response to the Dutch National Raw Materials Agreement (2017), which expresses the ambition to develop a monitoring system and perform baseline measurements. The baseline, for which some results are presented below, allows measuring progress. This system, which will need further detailing, will be monitoring the efforts undertaken by public authorities and sectors of society in the area of circular economy and also show their effects.

Planetary Security Conference: From Analysis to Action


The third conference of the Planetary Security Initiative will take place on 12 and 13 December 2017, in The Hague, at the initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hans Mommaas, Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, will hold a keynote speech during the plenary opening session of this international conference.

Biofuels could provide a third of global energy consumption for transport


Biofuels are promoted to help mitigate global climate change. Their production can easily lead to significant greenhouse gas emissions resulting from land conversion and other sources. A team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production. Dedicated crops grown on grasslands, savannahs and abandoned agricultural lands could provide around 30 exajoules per year.

Deep emission reductions needed in 2030 for Paris Climate Agreement


By ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement, the Netherlands has committed to pursuing an ambitious climate policy. There are various methods for translating global targets into national policy objectives. This report shows that, for 2030,  corresponding to around 50% to 55% for total greenhouse gas emissions (compared to 1990), CO2 emission reductions would need to be around 40% to 50%.


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.

Trends in global greenhouse gas emissions

Global greenhouse gas emissions continued to increase by about 0.5% in 2016. The increase was mainly due to the rise in non-CO2 emission levels, such as methane and nitrous oxide, which was estimated at around 1% in 2016.

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.

One-pager on global CO2

Are global CO2 emissions still rising? PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents the latest facts and figures.