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Below you can find answers to questions about this website and the information it contains. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us at info@pbl.nl.

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What are my personal details used for?

PBL only uses personal information left on its website for the intended purpose. For example, an email address that you provide to subscribe to our newsletter will only be used to send you our newsletters. We will not use your email address for any other purpose.  

Can I use PBL publications on my own website or in any other way?

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is a government agency: our publications are produced using taxpayers’ money and are therefore available to the public. You may copy, distribute, present, download and cite any PBL publication and derived work free of charge, or use figures from any PBL publication. If quotations or figures are used from our publications, we do ask that you state PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency as the source. Whenever derived work is used, the user may not give the impression that PBL automatically subscribes to its content. Please also refer to the Creative Commons licence. The photographs on our website are not included in the Creative Commons licence, as PBL does not hold those copyrights.

May I use illustrations/figures from PBL publications?

You may use any PBL illustration/figure free of charge, as long as you state PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency as the source. Please also refer to the Creative Commons licence. The photographs on our website are not included in the Creative Commons licence, as PBL does not hold those copyrights.

Can everyone access the website?

PBL aims to maintain its website in such a way that public access to the information is guaranteed. We make every effort to adhere to website guidelines and certification according to ‘drempelvrij.nl’.

Why are some publications by PBL authors not available for free on the website?

Some publications are published not by PBL but by external publishers. If the publisher does not allow free access to the books or articles, then neither can PBL.

Which reports are available in printed form?

To consider the environment and a careful use of financial resources, PBL only publishes reports in hard copy if this has clear added benefits. Put simply: hard copy editions are for our leading publications (large target audience) – the more academic publications with a smaller target audience are only published in electronic form.

Is there a charge for requesting a publication?

No, normally there is no charge.

May I use parts of publications in other documents?

You may use any part of a PBL publication as long as you state PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency as the source.

Can I obtain a figure in a higher resolution?

PBL produces many figures, graphs, charts and maps, many of which are also available in a high resolution suitable to use for printing. To obtain such high-resolution versions, please contact the PBL graphics department at: beeldredactie@pbl.nl.

May I use a presentation from this website?

You may, as long as you state PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency as the source.

What types of PBL publications are there and what are the differences between them?

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency publishes reports, policy briefs, articles, working papers and notes. Further details are given below.

Reports

This is the largest category of PBL publications. There are many different types of reports:

  • Assessment reports; in particular, the Assessment of the Human Environment. This assessment is published once every two years and provides an overview of the current situation in the broad field of the human environment.
  • Evaluations; these comprise an analysis of the effects of policy in a certain area, such as the Evaluatie Meststoffenwet (Evaluation of the Dutch Fertiliser Act). In the case of an ex-durante evaluation, the evaluation takes place whilst a certain law/policy is still in force; in the case of an ex-post evaluation it takes place afterwards. In an ex-ante evaluation, PBL provides an analysis of the effects that may be expected if a particular policy were to be implemented, such as in the Ex-ante evaluatie Structuurvisie Infrastructuur en Ruimte (Ex-ante evaluation of the Planning Vision for Infrastructure and Landscape) and the Ex-ante evaluatie Green Deals Energie (Ex-ante evaluation of the National Policy for Green Deals Energy).
  • Trends reports; these provide an overview of trends in social changes taking place and/or desired changes with regard to an important issue in society.
  • Publications that focus on the long term: PBL defines two categories for the long term: outlooks and scenario studies. Outlook studies analyse expected developments, whereas scenario studies indicate possible developments in a number of scenarios, taking into account relevant uncertainties.
  • There are also guides, such as the Algemene leidraad voor maatschappelijke kosten-batenanalyse (General guidance for cost-benefit analysis).
  • Forecasts, including reference frameworks, are also produced.

Articles

Publications by PBL researchers in scientific journals.

Working papers

Academic publications, sometimes in preparation for an article in a scientific journal.

PBL Notes

Publications requested by a ministry or the government, for example, to provide an answer to a specific question.