Every year the Netherlands incurs 31 billion euros worth of damage to the environment through the emission of harmful substances, according a study by the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL. That amounts to 4.5 percent of the country's gross domestic product, NU.nl reports.
With the new Dutch government's plans, the Netherlands can reach about half of the climate goals set in the Paris climate agreement, according to an analysis by living environment planning office PBL. In order to achieve all the goals in the Paris Agreement, which is aimed at limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees, the government must make additional agreements with the Dutch industry, the PBL says, ANP reports.
The Netherlands systems for energy supply are becoming increasingly complex, which also make them more vulnerable to hackers, the Netherlands environmental assessment agency PBL said in a report on digitization on Thursday. This increases the risk of power outages, ANP reports.
Even without a cyber attack, even a small problem can have major consequences in the complicated systems, the PBL warned. The agency calls on the government to intervene. According to the PBL, major power outages can disrupt society.
An increasing number of Dutch tenants find themselves in long-term financial problems, according to a study by the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL. In 2012 a total of 37 percent of tenants were barely able to pay their bills for four years in a row. In 2015 that increased to almost 55 percent, NU.nl reports.
According to the PBL, the increase in households in financial binds can partly be attributed to rising rental prices and housing costs. An influx of new households with relatively low income in the rental sector also plays a role.
The Netherlands environmental assessment agency PBL is calling on the government to make some drastic choices in order to reach the environmental targets set in the climate agreement in made in Paris last year
Despite the fact that cities are the engine behind the Dutch economy, the wealth gap in cities only increased in Dutch cities over the past years, according to the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL in a report titled "The divided triumph of cities'.
Almost a year has passed since the National Energy Accord in its current form was signed. Tomorrow the Plan Bureau for the Environment (PBL) and the Energy research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) will present the "National Energy Outlook", in which the agreements in the energy accord are central.
Renters are increasingly unable to pay their rent or their mortgage and are more often in financial trouble due to the economic crisis, The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) reports.
The price of keeping an economic petrol and diesel car will rise by hundreds of euros because of the Autumn agreement, according to the Environmental Planning Office (PBL).
Developing countries contribute almost as much to global warming and climate change as industrialized countries. Now 48 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from developing countries. In 2020 that will probably increase to 51 percent, according to the Dutch Planning Office for Live environment (PBL).
The growth of the Dutch population is slowly coming to an end and the aging population will continue. Migration and life expectancy are however uncertain factors.