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Overview of news items 2013

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

  • PBL wishes you an iconic 2014!

    Newsitem | 18-12-2013

    2013  – once again – proved to be a fruitful year for PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. 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 ... read more

  • Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialization in Europe

    Newsitem | 02-12-2013

    Regions differ from each other, economically – they compete over different products and geographical areas, exhibit different strengths and weaknesses, and provide different possibilities for growth and development. That which fosters growth in one ... read more

  • PBL staff phone numbers have changed

    Newsitem | 11-11-2013

    PBL staff all can now be reached on their mobile phone numbers. Their landline phone numbers - both those starting with (0)30 and (0)70 - will expire on 31 October 2013. Contact information for all staff members, including mobile phone numbers, is ... read more

  • 2012 sees slowdown in the increase in global CO2 emissions

    Newsitem | 31-10-2013

    Actual global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached a new record of 34.5 billion tonnes in 2012. Yet, the increase in global CO2 emissions in that year slowed down to 1.1% , which was less than half the average annual increase ... read more

  • Developing countries’ contributions to climate change approach 50%

    Newsitem | 31-10-2013

    When we include all greenhouse gas emissions emitted in 1850-2010, the relative contribution to global cumulative emissions of developing countries is now 48%. The group of developed countries is responsible for 52%. Calculations of PBL – the Netherlands ... read more

  • Emission targets for EU Member States by 2030

    Newsitem | 03-10-2013

    A European greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2030 is currently under discussion. For a 2030 EU reduction target of 40%, compared to 1990 levels, indicative reduction targets under the Effort Sharing Decision for the wealthiest Member States ... read more

  • Changing track, changing tack; Dutch ideas for a robust environmental policy for the 21st century

    Newsitem | 03-10-2013

    In this essay, PBL analyses 40 years of Dutch environmental policy and draws lessons for the future; lessons that may also be interesting to other countries in the developed world. Present and future environmental challenges require new approaches, ... read more

  • IPCC: Global warming continues

    Newsitem | 02-10-2013

    Over the past 130 years, the global average temperature has increased by 0.9 °C. Since the beginning of the 20th century, sea levels have risen by 20 centimetres. In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is even more ... read more

  • Tree felling for bioenergy could lead to an increase in CO2 emissions

    Newsitem | 12-08-2013

    Using logged trees as a bioenergy source – replacing fossil fuel – carries the risk of first increasing CO2 emissions before reducing them. It could in fact take up to 100 years before emissions begin to decrease. Using crop residues ... read more

  • New director Hans Bruyninckx starts work at the EEA

    Newsitem | 09-06-2013

    Belgian professor Hans Bruyninckx has taken office as of 1 June as Executive Director at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen. Before coming to the EEA, Dr Bruyninckx worked at Leuven University for several years. He was the General ... read more

  • EU climate and energy policy should be aimed at innovation

    Newsitem | 14-05-2013

    An 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, that is the EU ambition for 2050. Such a drastic reduction requires a much more vigorous renewal of our energy system. Setting a target for emission reduction alone is not sufficient. This will need to ... read more

  • Effects of climate change in Netherlands appear manageable

    Newsitem | 06-05-2013

    In the Netherlands, at the current rate of climate change the adverse effects of climate change appear to be manageable. As a new PBL study shows, most changes occur gradually, enabling Dutch citizens, companies and the government to adapt to new circumstances. ... read more

  • Minimum price best option for reform of EU Emissions Trading System

    Newsitem | 24-04-2013

    A minimum price for emission allowances offers the best opportunity for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to function as a key policy instrument in reducing CO2 emissions. Such a price floor will create a steady and higher CO2 ... read more

  • Bridging the gap between stakeholders and climate modellers

    Newsitem | 22-03-2013

    The first results have been published from a joint project by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, VU University Amsterdam and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) on the methodology for connecting climate science, policy ... read more

  • Seeking PhD students to review a volume of the next IPCC report

    Newsitem | 19-03-2013

    Note: The deadline for applications for the reviews has passed.

    Are you an ambitous PhD student and would you like to be involved in an important, ambitious and unique project? If so, you are invited to read on for an opportunity to enhance ... read more

  • Conditions for greening the Dutch economy

    Newsitem | 04-03-2013

    Greening the economy is a major and necessary task for the world as a whole as well as for the Netherlands. Using energy, raw materials and natural resources more efficiently will strengthen the structure of the Dutch economy. This is necessary, given ... read more

  • Pledges by developing countries lead to 9-12% emission reduction

    Newsitem | 20-02-2013

    A new study shows that the proposals from developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 lead to a 9-12% reduction in their emissions. Assuming all countries take immediate action, this means that, to achieve the 2°C target cost-effectively, ... read more

  • Audit Committee report on quality of PBL work published

    Newsitem | 14-02-2013

    An international scientific audit committee has evaluated the work of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, in the second half of 2012. This week, the audit committee published its report with overall a very positive assessment outcome. ... read more

  • Methodology for Earth System Governance Research

    Newsitem | 07-01-2013

    A global 'Task Force on Methodology for Earth System Governance Research' has been established, co-chaired by PBL’s Chief Scientist Arthur Petersen. This Task Force will address methodological challenges in earth system governance research by promoting ... read more