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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.


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.

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.

The 1.5°C target can also be met using less negative emissions


The objectives of the Paris Climate Change Agreement can be attained with less negative emissions than shown in the majority of analyses. A greater focus on lifestyle change and renewable energy can scale down the use of negative emissions significantly a new study shows.


PBL session at Adaptation Futures 2018 in South Africa

Adaptation Futures is the world’s leading conference on climate change adaptation; this year held in Cape Town. PBL is organising a session on 21 June about transboundary issues in river catchment areas.

EU Green Week

The city council of Utrecht and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency jointly organized the start of the EU Green Week in Utrecht on 21 May. Theme of the day: Green cities for a greener future

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.