Core tasks of knowledge and data institutes

In the Netherlands, there are several data and knowledge institutes which focus on climate related issues. The Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Emission Registration (ER) and Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) are all related to the ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. 

Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

The Royal Dutch Meteorological Institue (KNMI) is one of the Dutch institutes which researches climate. KNMI focuses on: 

  • collecting and controlling climate data
  • understanding and predicting alterations in the climate system

In order to do this, KNMI develops climate models and composes climate scenarios. 

Emission Registration (ER)

The Emission Registration (ER) covers the entire process of data collection, data processing, recording and reporting of emission data in the Netherlands. In the emission registration, emissions to soil, water and air are determined of 350 policy relevant substances and substance groups. The emission data per emission source and location are stored in the central database of the emission registration. Data from individually recorded point sources (based on e.g. environmental reports) and diffuse sources (emissions calculated by task groups) are both included. 

The objective of the emission registration is the annual adoption of a dataset with uniform emission data on which there is consensus and that meets the following criteria: timeliness, accuracy, completeness, transparency, comparability, consistency and accuracy. By storing these data in 1 central database, the goal of complying with national and international reporting obligations of emission data can be efficiently and effectively met.

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) is the national institute for strategic policy analysis in the field of environment, nature and space. PBL contributes to the quality of political and administrative decision-making by conducting outlook studies, analyses and evaluations in which an integrated approach is paramount. PBL independently and scientifically conducts solicited and unsolicited research.

Core tasks of PBL are: 

  • The visualization of the current quality of the environment, nature and space and evaluating the conducted policy. 
  • To explore the future social developments that affect the quality of the environment, nature and space, and the ex-ante evaluation of possible policy options. 
  • To identify and agenda social issues that are important for the environment, nature and space. 
  • To identify strategic options for achieving government targets in the field of environment, nature and space.