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Models show how to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C


New model-based scenarios show that that there are ways to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C instead of 2.0˚C by 2100. In a research paper published in Nature Climate Change, researchers, among whom scientists from PBL, used computer models to show that 1.5˚C scenarios will among other things require peaking of greenhouse gas emissions way before 2030, followed by rapid reductions and finally negative emissions.

The Circular Economy: starting progress measurement


The report Circular Economy: starting progress measurement outlines a draft monitoring system for measuring the progress made in the transition towards a circular economy. This system is part of the government-wide programme entitled ‘A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050’.

Planetary Security Conference: From Analysis to Action


The third conference of the Planetary Security Initiative will take place on 12 and 13 December 2017, in The Hague, at the initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hans Mommaas, Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, will hold a keynote speech during the plenary opening session of this international conference.


People and the Earth

The publication ‘People and the Earth: International cooperation for the Sustainable Development Goals in 23 infographics’ uses visual representations to communicate challenges and options for making progress towards the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Trends in global greenhouse gas emissions

Global greenhouse gas emissions continued to increase by about 0.5% in 2016. The increase was mainly due to the rise in non-CO2 emission levels, such as methane and nitrous oxide, which was estimated at around 1% in 2016.

Opportunities for a circular economy

Countries in Europe can profit from a circular economy. This 1-page website covers all aspects of a circular economy, showing that it involves much more than merely recycling materials.

Cities in Europe and the Netherlands

Cities are expected to play a key role in delivering the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth. Cities and urban areas in Europe presented in 25 infographics.

One-pager on global CO2

Are global CO2 emissions still rising? PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents the latest facts and figures.