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Overview of news items 2012

Here you will find the news items of the selected year listed in chronological order.

  • PBL wishes you an inspiring 2013!

    Newsitem | 19-12-2012

    Our goal is to contribute to decision making on different levels, all with the ultimate aim of making the Netherlands and the rest of the world a better place to live.

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  • Climate goals for 2030 in relation to 2 °C target

    Newsitem | 10-12-2012

    A greenhouse gas reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels for 2030 for the European Union, to be achieved within Europe, would not necessarily be sufficient for achieving the target of limiting global temperature increase to 2 °C, given a possible ... read more

  • Set-aside of European CO2 emission allowances considered as a signal for further ETS reform

    Newsitem | 27-11-2012

    A set-aside of CO2 allowances would reduce the current oversupply in the European Emissions Trading System. This would result in temporary higher CO2 prices. However, a literature study has shown that the impact of the European ... read more

  • The Emissions Gap Report 2012

    Newsitem | 20-11-2012

    Scaling up and accelerating action on climate change without delay will reduce the risk that keeping global average temperature rise below 2 °C becomes an unrealistic prospect, according to a comprehensive study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) ... read more

  • PBL, KNMI and Crok launch Climate Discussion platform Climate Dialogue

    Newsitem | 12-11-2012

    PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency together with the Dutch Royal Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and science journalist Marcel Crok launched their joint website ClimateDialogue.org - an international blog where invited scientists discuss ... read more

  • International audit committee coming to PBL

    Newsitem | 05-11-2012

    Between 12 and 16 November 2012, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency will receive an international audit committee of scientists, led by Ms Lea Kauppi, Director General of SYKE, the Finnish Environment Institute. The committee is to judge ... read more

  • Plans for low-carbon economy lack international orientation

    Newsitem | 16-10-2012

    Although energy markets are interlinked and energy companies operate internationally, European countries have a strong national focus in their climate and energy policies. Countries have little regard for the impact of their national policy measures ... read more

  • Nature Outlook 2010-2040: Dutch nature policy in motion

    Newsitem | 30-09-2012

    Every four years, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) publishes a Nature Outlook under statutory obligation. This year, the Nature Outlook is published at a time of important amendments made to nature and landscape policies and in ... read more

  • CPB and PBL present election manifestos analyses

    Newsitem | 26-08-2012

    The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency are publishing the results of the analyses of the election manifestos of 10 political parties in the book Choices Outlined 2013-2017. The ... read more

  • Renewable energy: current Dutch policy is falling short of 2020 target despite strong growth

    Newsitem | 21-08-2012

    Under the current policy the share of renewable energy in the Netherlands is set to rise from 4 percent in 2010 to 7-10 percent in 2020. Although this is a strong increase, it is not enough to achieve the European target of 14 percent by 2020. Even ... read more

  • PBL analyses human and economic consequences of disasters

    Newsitem | 24-07-2012

    Disasters such as floods, storms, heatwaves and droughts may have serious implications for human health and the economic development of countries. PBL has analysed these types of severe disasters in a statistical context, as part the ‘OECD Environmental ... read more

  • Per capita CO2 emissions in China reached European level

    Newsitem | 17-07-2012

    Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) increased by 3% last year, reaching an all-time high of 34 billion tonnes in 2011. In China, average per capita CO2 emissions increased by 9% to 7.2 tonnes CO2. This is similar ... read more

  • PBL launches web app on report Roads from Rio+20

    Newsitem | 13-06-2012

    PBL is proud to announce the launch of its first ever web app http://roadsfromrio.pbl.nl. Designed for tablet, smartphone and desktop, it gives interactive access to the full results of our report 'Roads from Rio+20, Pathways to achieve global susta ... read more

  • Benefits of nitrogen reductions in North Sea shipping exceed costs

    Newsitem | 05-06-2012

    Two studies have analysed the costs and benefits of creating a nitrogen emission control area in the North Sea and the English Channel. Such a control area requires new ships to emit 75 per cent less in nitrogen oxide, from 2016 onwards. This is expected ... read more

  • Ambitious set of sustainability targets can be met

    Newsitem | 05-06-2012

    'The world continues to speed down an unsustainable path despite over 500 internationally agreed goals and objectives to support the sustainable management of the environment and improve human wellbeing. However, meeting an ambitious set of sustainability ... read more

  • 'Rio as World Exhibition', spoken column at 'Rio aan de Maas' festival in Rotterdam

    Newsitem | 29-05-2012

    Yes, I will be going to Rio. I am going to Rio to see the future. Because Rio+20 is more than a regular conference – it is a World Exhibition. Rio+20 is synonymous with the future, but the meeting of world leaders takes place within the structures ... read more

  • Roads from Rio+20: pathways to achieve global sustainability goals by 2050

    Newsitem | 14-05-2012

    Sufficient food for the entire world population while conserving biodiversity. Universal access to modern energy sources while limiting global climate change and air pollution. The report Roads from Rio+20 shows that the potential exists for achieving ... read more

  • Higher expected greenhouse gas emissions from pledges

    Newsitem | 25-04-2012

    Many countries have pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Due to upward revisions of greenhouse gas emission projections in many developing countries higher emission levels from the pledges are expected, and therefore, achieving ... read more

  • Survey on the opinions on climate change

    Newsitem | 22-03-2012

    PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, in conjunction with the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and the University of Queensland (Australia), is investigating the range of scientific opinions about climate change. The objective ... read more

  • Environmental policy needs more decisive action

    Newsitem | 15-03-2012

    Based on joint modelling by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency the Environmental Outlook to 2050 looks ahead to the year 2050 to ascertain what demographic and economic ... read more

  • Maarten Hajer appointed Honorary Professor in Copenhagen

    Newsitem | 12-03-2012

    Maarten Hajer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and Director of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, recently was appointed Honorary Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. He will hold ... read more

  • Evaluation of the Dutch policy document on sustainable crop protection

    Newsitem | 29-02-2012

    Water quality has improved due to legislation on crop protection. However, policy objectives for ecological quality of surface waters and drinking water, as set in the Dutch policy document on sustainable crop protection, have not been achieved.

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  • Proposed greening of the CAP: only small gains

    Newsitem | 22-02-2012

    The impact of the proposed greening measures of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on the sustainable development of agriculture appears to be relatively small. Member States must assign 30 percent of their Pillar I budget to these measures, ... read more

  • Sustainability of biomass in a bio-based economy

    Newsitem | 09-02-2012

    The conversion of the present European economy based on fossil fuels into a more bio-based economy will probably be restricted to about 10 per cent of final energy and feedstock consumption in 2030.

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