PBL has ongoing collaborations with national and international institutes, such as universities, the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) –and with national and international institutes that do comparable work. This page provides information on a number of these institutes.
- Colleges of further education
- Research institutes
- Specialised organisations
- Umbrella organisations
- Advisory boards
- Utrecht University (UU)
- VU University Amsterdam (VU)
- University of Amsterdam (UvA)
- Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
- Delft University of Technology (TUD)
- Tilburg University (UvT)
- University of Groningen (RUG)
- Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR): Alterra, LEI
- Statutory research tasks (WOT): Every year, a research programme is agreed on between PBL and the WUR for the WUR's contribution to PBL's Assessment of the Human Environment and the Nature Outlook. This includes both concrete contributions to these regular products and the strategic knowledge development for future products. Important themes in this programme are nature policy evaluations, governance research, economic value of nature, and the guaranteed quality of models and data.
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
- Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
- Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
- National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
- Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
- KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis
- Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
- Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
- Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli)
- Board of government advisors (College voor Rijksadviseurs (CRA))
PBL works for the European Commission in several fields. This concerns projects that are aimed to support policy-making, as well as research projects to expand the knowledge base.
For a number of years now, PBL has been leading a consortium of European research institutes for DG Climate Action, to respond to knowledge questions and support Europe in international climate negotiations. In addition, PBL is involved in the exploration of financial instruments for implementing climate policy.
PBL has conducted several projects in support of policy, including a framework contract on the environment and the economy.
Within the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), PBL is conducting various research projects, such as ADVANCE (energy and climate modelling), COMBINE (climate scenarios) and PATHWAYS (sustainability transitions). PBL is also involved in several proposals for the Horizon 2020 research programme.
PBL conducts research projects in the fields of smart specialisation and the competitive positions of regions.
JRC is the in-house research institute of the European Commission. PBL collaborates with JRC in the fields of smart specialisation and the competitive positions of regions.
ESPON is the research programme for spatial development and policy on European level. It presents current and future developments in various fields, such as the economy, traffic, demography and the environment. Furthermore, ESPON also conducts spatial impact analyses with respect to EU policy. ESPON also conducts research at the request of national governments (with a minimum of 3 countries per subject). Research is conducted via tenders by transnational project teams. PBL is the ESPON contact point for the Netherlands. PBL contact person: David Evers.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has the task to provide relevant and reliable information on the climate and the environment for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the EU Member States and the general public. The EEA does this by analysing the environment and environmental trends in connection with the pressure exerted by economic and social forces. In addition, the EEA develops scenarios, conducts policy assessments and quality evaluations of environmental data. It also coordinates the European environment information and observation network (EIONET). PBL, as the National Focal Point (NFP), is the contact point for the EEA and, as such, coordinates the Dutch network of experts and data suppliers to the EEA. PBL contact persons for NFP are: Kees Schotten and Laurens Brandes.
PBL is a member of the European Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies (EPA). This is an informal network of directors of European environmental institutes. It was set up and is supported by the EEA (see above). The network meets twice a year to share visions and experiences around the implementation of environment policies, monitoring and assessments, and new relevant developments. A number of working groups are active in various fields, under the EPA network.
PBL is a member of the network of the Heads of European Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA). This network meets annually, to share experiences on policy and scientific fields and to further mutual collaborations. Strategic visions are developed, best practices are exchanged and the scientific basis of decision-making is strengthened. ENCA strives to be a forum for dialogue, offering support to the affiliated institutes and to enhance leadership. It operates analogous to the EPA network.
ALTER-net, the Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network, is Europe's ecosystem research network. It is intended to exchange experiences and enhance collaboration. It consists of members from 27 institutes from 18 EU Member States, with the aim of integrating their individual work and knowledge. They present biodiversity changes and analyse the underlying causes, study the impacts on ecosystem services, and inform both the general public and decision-makers. ALTER-net is the continuation of a Network of Excellence of the European Union, and since 2009 is funded by the participating institutes themselves. Activities include the exchange of knowledge via conferences, facilitation of setting up EU-funded joint research projects and an annual summer school for young researchers.
European research institutes
PBL collaborates with various European research institutes, particularly within projects for the European Framework Programme and Horizon 2020. A few examples are presented below.
- Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM): The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) conducts research in the fields of sustainable development and global governance. PBL collaborates with FEEM in a number of European projects, such as FP7 projects PATHWAYS, ADVANCE and LIMITS.
- Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) conducts research on climate change and its consequences. PBL collaborates with PIK on various fields, including integrated assessments and vulnerability analyses. A large part of the collaboration takes place within European projects such as FP7 ADVANCE.
- International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA): IIASA is an Austrian research institute funded by a large number of countries to develop knowledge on global development and environmental issues through applied systems analysis. PBL has been working with IIASA on a large number of projects for some time now, including those in the fields of climate policy, air pollution and integrated assessment. Examples include projects around the IMAGE model (funded by DG Research of the European Commission) and collaborations around the RAINS model.
- Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
PBL works on the CIRCLE project, together with the environmental directorate of the OECD. This project presents the consequences for economic development of resource use and environmental degradation. Subsequently, it looks at policy options to limit their negative feedback. PBL has also contributed to an earlier project; the 'OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050'. On occasion, PBL collaborates with the OECD in fields such as biodiversity, air quality, and the greening of taxation.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) carries out various environmental tasks on behalf of the United Nations, coordinating the implementation of environmental agreements, and publishing a variety of reports on the state of the environment at various levels. In the past, PBL has collaborated in various UNEP global environmental outlooks and, in this respect, is UNEP's oldest collaborating partner. In the most recent outlook (GEO-5), several PBL staff were involved in the scenario chapter, as well as in a coordinating role. Furthermore, PBL is involved in the UNEP Resource Panel (both via participation in the panel and with support in the form of advice and research).
The objective of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is to assess the risks of climate change, based on the scientific literature, and publish the results in assessment reports in order to support the policy process. The panel consist of hundreds of experts from all over the world, from universities, research centres, enterprises, and environmental and other organisations. Various PBL researchers contribute to IPCC reports in Working Group 1 (climate knowledge), Working Group 2 (impacts and adaptation) and Working Group 3 (mitigation), as well as in the Synthesis Report in the role of lead author and contributing author. In addition, PBL also contributes to the development of scenarios used by IPCC. PBL's predecessors also housed the Technical Support Unit of Working Group 3, during the IPCC's Third and Fourth Assessment Reports. Currently, PBL hosts the Technical Support Unit of the Synthesis Report for the Fifth Assessment Report.