sustainability

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Jan 24 '17 10:32

Eating less meat and drinking less alcohol and soft drinks will not only benefit Dutch people's health, but also the environment, the national institute for public health and environment RIVM said in a report on Tuesday, the Volkskrant reports.

Jan 19 '17 14:10

The best way to deal with Dutch coal-fire power plants is not closing them, but making them more sustainable, according to a yet to be published study by Frontier Economics, which the Financieele Dagblad got its hands on.

According to the study, the CO2 emissions from the coal plants can be stored in old gas fields. And biomass can be burned in the plants. That solution is relatively cheap and saves a lot on greenhouse gasses. 

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Dec 7 '16 11:39

The government wants the Netherlands to be nearly CO2 emissions free by 2050, according to Economic Minister Henk Kamp's Energy Agenda. The Agenda contains a number of measures to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and encourage sustainable living. Environmental organizations call the plan unambitious, NU.nl reports.

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Dec 1 '16 11:50

The paper used for the last week presented "Green Bibles", turned out to not be as green as promised. These bibles, which were meant to be a source of inspiration for sustainable living, are made of normal paper, not recycled bibles, NOS reports.

The publisher of the Green Bibles, Royal Jongbloed, announced in a statement that fraud was committed with the paper used in the bibles and that an employee was suspended for it. How or why this fraud was committed is unclear. The publisher is not available for comment. 

Nov 4 '16 09:03

While the Netherlands is working hard to meet the United Nations targets for a fairer and sustainable world, other European countries are doing relatively better when it comes to clean energy and combatting climate change, according to a report Statistics Netherlands released on Friday.

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Oct 24 '16 16:10

The Dutch forestry sector wants to build a total of 100 thousand hectares of new forests in the country in the coming decades. The proposal to do so will be presented at the National Climate Summit in Rotterdam on Wednesday, Trouw reports.

Constructing these forests will cost about 3 billion euros, spread over 30 years. The sector believes that the plan will contribute to meeting the energy and climate targets set for 2050. If the proposal is accepted, new forests will be set up in the Groene Hart in the Randstad and the Veenkolonien in Groningen and Drenthe.

Oct 18 '16 08:37

Small new energy firms in the Netherlands are much greener than their larger counterparts, according to the annual sustainability study. Of the five large energy companies, only Eneco scored a "sufficient" in the study

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Sep 12 '16 16:00

Both Amsterdam and Rotterdam made it to the top 20 of the 100 best cities in the world to live on Arcadis' Sustainable Cities Index. Amsterdam is in 11th place, Rotterdam made it to 19th

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May 19 '16 12:35

The GiGi, a fully electric scooter that can fold up to be the size of a suitcase, is hitting the Dutch market. According to the manufacturers, the GiGi is the first foldable electric scooter in the world

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Feb 16 '16 10:53

The Ministry of Defense wants to reduce its use of fossil fuels like oil and gas by 70 percent in 2050. Increased dependency on more fuel cause problems during operations, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert writes in her Operational Energy Strategy

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Feb 5 '16 12:28

Amsterdam plans to be the first city in all of Europe to be completely emissions free. The Amsterdam mayor and aldermen released a set of measures on Friday to help achieve their goal of clean, emission-free transport by 2025.

Meat
Dec 2 '15 07:43

The PvdA wants supermarkets to stop selling meat at very cheap prices. According to the party, it puts too much pressure on farmers to raise their animals as cheaply as possible, which in turn puts pressure on sustainability.

Nov 17 '15 10:28

There seems to be little support for the Dutch cabinet's plan for 5 billion euros in tax breaks for citizens and businesses. Opposition party D66 already announced that the party will be voting against the plan,

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Sep 2 '15 13:01

Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Sports has made 10 million euros available to help solve the problem of how to make national monuments in the Netherlands more sustainable. This money will be given to 10 monuments in the next two years as contribution to find innovative energy saving measures.

Amsterdam City Hall
Aug 18 '15 12:34

The municipality of Amsterdam has launched a new program in which young entrepreneurs and startup companies are invited to work with the municipality to find solutions to urban issues in the fields of mobility, sustainability and health.

Aug 13 '15 15:48

With electric buses and taxis, an energy neutral bus station and even upsycled carpets, Schiphol Airport is steadily becoming more and more sustainable.

Duurzaam Berdrijfsleven - Sustainable Business Life in English - has made a list of all of the airport's sustainability efforts.

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Jul 22 '15 14:36

Eindhoven Airport could increase it's flight movements - takeoffs and landings - from nearly 29 thousand to 43 thousand in 2020, former minister Hans Alders advised on Tuesday after speaking with those involved

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Jun 19 '15 10:44

The city of Amsterdam plans to increase the number of charging points for electric cars in the city from the current 1,300 to 4 thousand in 2018, the municipality announced in a press release on Friday.

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Jun 1 '15 15:53

Dutch labour party PvdA wants customers to pay a deposit on several types of goods that is repaid when they return the used product back to the store. The coalition partner believes that it should enhance recycling for products like clothing, toys and cans.

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Apr 15 '15 09:54

The municipality of Amsterdam and GVB are working towards a cleaner city with public transport that is completely emission-free, the municipality announced in a press release on Wednesday. GVB's fleet will be replaced with electric buses and vans and solar panels on the GVB buildings and subway stations will generate renewable energy.

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Feb 5 '15 12:25

Amsterdam and Rotterdam got 4th and 5th place in a global study into the most sustainable cities. This is according to the Duuzame Steden Index (Sustainable Cities Index) that ARCADIS published today.

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Jan 11 '15 11:00

Recent calculations by theoretical physicists from Utrecht University's Sustainability department will allow energy producers to achieve a much higher yield when generating blue-energy. The findings of René van Roij, Mathijs Janssen and Andreas Härtel were published on 24 December 2014 in the scientific journal Physical Review Letters under the title 'Boosting Capacitive Blue-Energy and Desalination Devices with Waste Heat.'

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Oct 31 '14 11:21

The Jumbo supermarkets are going to start selling edible insects.

Garden
Aug 7 '14 10:54

Almost all Dutch people, at 99 percent, contribute something to making the food chain more sustainable. A report from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) published today, reveals the importance that Dutch consumers place on well-sourced, organic and sustainable food.

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