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The Netherlands in 21 infographics

Report | 05-08-2014
Cover of 'The Netherlands in 21 infographics'

In ‘The Netherlands in 21 infographics – Facts and figures on the human environment’ the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents facts and figures in a novel way. The booklet covers three important domains within our environment: food, energy and transport.

Dutch Infographic Award

The Dutch version of The Netherlands in 21 infographics – ‘Nederland Verbeeld’- has won the ‘Dutch Infographic Award 2013', awarded by the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO) and the Dutch Association of Journalists.

More information

For more information, please contact Hiddo Huitzing (hiddo.huitzing@pbl.nl).

Sources

All sources of the book 'The Netherlands in 21 infographics' are available per subject and per infographic (in Dutch) on our website.

The 21 infographics

Food

Link to infographic: 'Food'
Link to infographic: 2'Food'

On a given day in 2011 in the Netherlands there were 16.7 million people, 1 million sheep, 4 million cows, 12 million pigs and 97 million chickens.

Link to infographic: 'The Netherlands, an agricultural nation'
Link to infographic: 2'The Netherlands, an agricultural nation'

In terms of value, the Netherlands is the second largest agricultural exporter in the world.

Link to infographic: 'The Netherlands: a low-density city'
Link to infographic: 2'The Netherlands: a low-density city'

The Netherlands is an agricultural superpower within an urbanised society.

Link to infographic: 'All that is left is manure'
Link to infographic: 2'All that is left is manure'

The Netherlands contains so much livestock that it cannot be fed only on nationally grown feed.

Link to infographic: 'Fish and meat'
Link to infographic: 2'Fish and meat'

Dutch livestock is mainly bred for export.

Link to infographic: 'What we use comes from far away'
Link to infographic: 2'What we use comes from far away'

Average annual Dutch consumption, per person, requires about 0.6 hectares to produce.

Link to infographic: 'Concentrations within the Dutch food chain'
Link to infographic: 2'Concentrations within the Dutch food chain'

Sustainable production processes need a new business plan.

Link to infographic: 'Products and their impacts'
Link to infographic: 2'Products and their impacts'

If people in the Netherlands were to consume less meat, they would need to rely on other foodstuffs for their protein intake.

Link to infographic: 'Diets and their impacts'
Link to infographic: 2'Diets and their impacts'

If all Europeans would become vegetarians today, the EU would achieve about half of its environmental targets for 2020.

Energy

Link to infographic: 'Energy is mainly used by industry'
Link to infographic: 2'Energy is mainly used by industry'

Household electricity and gas use amounts to a share of 12% (407 PJ) of the total energy use in the Netherlands (3,258 PJ). Traffic and transport has a slightly larger share of 15% (499 PJ). The largest share of about 40% (1,375 PJ) is from industry.

Link to infographic: 'Dutch homes consume a great deal of natural gas'
Link to infographic: 2'Dutch homes consume a great deal of natural gas'

The structure of the Dutch economy is energy-intensive.

Link to infographic: 'Efficient homes save on energy consumption'
Link to infographic: 2'Efficient homes save on energy consumption'

Over the past 30 years, average Dutch household gas consumption has nearly been cut in half.

Link to infographic: 'Share of renewable energy in the Netherlands'
Link to infographic: 2'Share of renewable energy in the Netherlands'

The share of renewable energy is small, but visible in the Netherlands. The largest contribution is made by biomass.

Link to infographic: 'Renewable energy in the Netherlands'
Link to infographic: 2'Renewable energy in the Netherlands'

Renewable energy production takes up a great deal of space. The Netherlands is unable to meet its energy demand using domestically grown biomass – there is simply not enough land available.

Link to infographic: 'All Dutch wind turbines together supply as much power as the ‘Amercentrale’ powe'
Link to infographic: 2'All Dutch wind turbines together supply as much power as the ‘Amercentrale’ powe'

All Dutch wind turbines together supply as much electricity as the ‘Amercentrale’ power plant. In fact, it is even less: 18 PJ is supplied by wind turbines and 21 PJ by the power plant.

Transport

Link to infographic: 'Transport'
Link to infographic: 2'Transport'

In 2010 within the Netherlands we travelled 136 billion kilometres by car; 17.2 billion by train; 14.6 billion by bicycle; 6.7 billion by bus, tram and metro ; 5 billion walking; 3.5 billion by other transport modes. Next to that the Dutch travelled 61.3 billion kilometres by aircraft.

Link to infographic: 'The environmental consequences of increased motorised travel'
Link to infographic: 2'The environmental consequences of increased motorised travel'

The Dutch have never been more mobile.

Link to infographic: 'The Dutch travel mostly by car but the strong growth in c'
Link to infographic: 2'The Dutch travel mostly by car but the strong growth in c'

In 2010, within the Netherlands, we travelled 136 billion kilometres by car; 17.2 billion by train; 14.6 billion by bicycle; 6.7 billion by bus, tram and metro ; 5 billion walking; 3.5 billion by other transport modes. The Dutch also travelled 61.3 billion kilometres by aircraft.

Link to infographic: 'More journeys, longer distances'
Link to infographic: 2'More journeys, longer distances'

International travel has increased, both in the number of journeys per year and in the distance per journey.

Link to infographic: 'The Netherlands, a transport-oriented country'
Link to infographic: 2'The Netherlands, a transport-oriented country'

The Netherlands is a country of transport flows.

Link to infographic: ''
Link to infographic: 2''

Due to the enormous carrying capacity of ships, maritime freight transport of goods has a relatively low greenhouse gas emission rate per tonne of material, compared to road transport.

Author(s)PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Report no.1276
Publication date05-08-2014
Pages32
LanguageEnglish