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Global growth in CO2 emissions almost stalled in 2014


In 2014, the growth in global CO2 emissions slowed down to only 0.5% compared to 2013, while the world’s economy grew by 3%, showing a partial decoupling of CO2 emissions and economic growth. China and the United States increased their emissions by 0.9%. In the European Union, CO2 emissions decreased by an unprecedented 5.4%, while India’s emissions increased strongly, by 7.8%.

Climate plans could reduce emissions significantly, yet still fall short of 2 °C


Climate plans submitted by countries in the run-up to the Paris Summit could deliver significant reductions in the global emission of greenhouse gases. Despite these reductions, it would still lead to increasing emissions  until 2030, and leave an emission gap with the 2030 global emission levels needed for keeping the temperature increase below 2°C.

Climate action outside UNFCCC could be of same order as pledges by governments


International climate initiatives operating outside the global climate negotiations could deliver greenhouse gas emission reductions of 2.5 Gt CO2-equivalents by 2020 and 5.5 Gt CO2eq by 2030, compared to a scenario without climate policy, a new study finds. This is roughly the same amount as national governments have pledged to reduce in the context of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Nature in Modern Society, Now and in the Future – a philosophers’ dialogue


On 11 November 2015, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency will host a philosophers’ dialogue on the future of nature and nature policy in the EU. Four philosophers, including Bruno Latour, will discuss their ideas with each other and the audience.

Director Maarten Hajer is leaving PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency for Utrecht University


On 1 October 2015, Professor Maarten Hajer will step down as Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Hajer has been appointed distinguished Professor of Urban Futures at the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University.

Hans Mommaas appointed Director-General at PBL


The Dutch Council of Ministers has appointed Professor Hans Mommaas as Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, per 1 November 2015. He succeeds Professor Maarten Hajer, who will leave PBL on 1 October, after a directorship of seven years. Hajer was PBL’s first Director-General.


COP21 Paris

In December 2015, countries worldwide will meet at the UN climate negotiations in Paris to discuss and adopt a new international climate change agreement. PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency provides information on some of the key questions for the Paris negotiations, especially on mitigation.

The road to Paris: INDC tool

The PBL Climate Pledge INDC tool tracks  the emission reduction proposals and policies that countries are submitting in the run-up to the Paris Climate Summit. Updated each time new countries submit their proposals, the tool gives up-to-date information on the effects of these proposals on the projected emissions of greenhouse gases.

Biodiversity: further decline or bending the trend?

What is happening to life on earth? What are the pressures affecting biological diversity globally, and what can be done to stop its decline? This animated film brings you to the year 2050. The choices that we as a society make today will determine what the world will look like decades from now.

Nature Outlook 2016

What is the potential of new coalitions of governments, businesses and citizens to contribute to the EU's biodiversity goals? In the Nature Outlook, PBL uses a new approach to explore this question. Based on the multiple visions that people and businesses have on nature, the study will elaborate four different perspectives for nature in the EU by 2050, exploring the synergies between them and identifying corresponding coalitions of actors. What are the actions they can take to bring desired futures near?