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Growth in global greenhouse gas emissions resumed in 2017


In 2017 the increase in global greenhouse gas emissions resumed at a rate of 1.3% per year, reaching 50.9 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent, excluding those from land-use change. This was mainly due to emissions of CO2 and methane (CH4), which increased by 1.2%, after two years of almost no growth.

PBL research supports Katowice Climate Conference (COP24)


The UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice (COP24) is the next step for governments to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency contributes to this process with several studies and reports on climate change that not only support policy-making but also expand the knowledge base.

Opportunities for Enhanced Action to Keep Paris Goals within Reach


Current climate policies are inconsistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, but model-based scenario analyses also show that there are several opportunities to strengthen current climate policies. The findings will be presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice (Poland) in December 2018 (COP24).


Progress on climate action after Global Climate Action Summit

At the Global Climate Action Summit held last September, cities, regions and businesses initiated new goals and cooperative initiatives that could enhance climate action. How do these measure up? Read blog post by Mark Roelfsema, researcher International Climate Policy.

Mobility and electricity in the digital age

Digitisation has unmistakably entered a crucial phase in infrastructure, especially in mobility and electricity. In this report, PBL explores the related comprehensive societal consequences.

Blog post in Climate Strategies

How learning from the past could help to bring the Paris Agreement climate goals closer within reach. Blog post by Mark Roelfsema, Michel den Elzen and Detlef van Vuuren, researchers International Climate Policy at PBL.

The geography of future water challenges

What is the impact of the growing global population, further urbanisation and climate change on water risks, food supply and migration? The geography of future water challenges uses powerful images to provide insight into these global challenges up to 2050.

Linking water security threats to conflict

The relationship between water issues and conflict risks received much attention, both in the literature and the media. PBL provides an extensive overview of the available literature and debates and analyses the certainties and uncertainties in the water and conflict domain.