The Netherlands pursues a successful environmental policy that is resulting in cleaner rivers, reduction in carbon emissions, reduction in waste streams, and the cleanup of contaminated soil. There are still more challenges including improving air quality, climate change, and the depletion of natural resources and biodiversity. 

National environmental policy is directed to contributing to sustainable economic development and to the health and safety of people by maintaining and improving the quality of the environment.

The Government is committed to sustainable management of the environment in the Netherlands and in the wider EU and global context.