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Green economy is vital for EU’s global competitiveness

29-06-2015

The European Union risks falling behind other world economies unless it takes advantage of the move to a green economy. This was one of the conclusions at the conference 'Green Economy: Opportunities for Growth, Jobs and Innovation in Europe', organised by the European Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies (EPA network) on 5 June in Brussels.

The road to Paris: INDC tool shows effect of emission reduction proposals

23-06-2015

The interactive 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 and how they compare to the total amount needed to reach the 20C target.

Biodiversity: further decline or bending the trend? A new animated film

19-06-2015

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 short animated film brings you to the year 2050 and shows you the future is not fixed; the choices that we as a society make today will determine what the world will look like decades from now.

Environmental damage and energy tax reform: the Dutch challenge

07-04-2015

The ‘green result’ of the Dutch energy tax system could be significantly improved by better aligning the tax structure with overall environmental damage costs. Energy tax reform in the Netherlands should be prioritised on the basis of its long-term contribution to a robust tax structure, not only in terms of its revenue-raising capacity but also its environmental regulatory impact.

Highlights

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?

Smart Cities - Visualising the Challenge for 21st Century Urbanism

The discourse on ‘Smart Cities’ is everywhere. It promises an era of innovative urban planning, driven by smart urban technologies that will make cities safer, cleaner and, above all, more efficient. Efficiency seems uncontroversial but does it make for great cities? In this book, Maarten Hajer, Director-general of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Ton Dassen, urban sustainability researcher at PBL, plea for a ‘smart urbanism’ instead of uncritically adopting ‘smart cities’.

Green Gains: In search of opportunities for the Dutch economy

If the Netherlands is to remain a strong player in the global economy, it needs to intensify its efforts in greening its economy. The Netherlands lags behind competing neighbouring countries, who began their transition towards a green economy earlier, focus more on doing so, have ambitious long-term targets in place, and invest heavily in research. The business community by itself cannot bring about a green Dutch economy; the government also has an important role to play. What is needed is a stronger, greener innovation policy.