The Netherlands pursues a successful environmental policy that is resulting in cleaner rivers, reduction in carbon emissions, reduction in waste steams, 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.
- Roles and responsibilities of Central Government
- Roles and responsibilities of provincial government, municipal governments and water authorities
- Resource Efficiency
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.
Environmental agreement on global reduction of mercury use
On May 18th, in New York, the Netherlands will be ratifying an environmental treaty that addresses the dangers of mercury. By...
Study: shopkeepers see substantial reduction in use of plastic bags
Since the introduction of the ban on giving out free plastic bags, shopkeepers have seen consumers alter their behaviour. Now...
More than 180 signatories for the National Raw Materials Agreement
In order to ensure a sufficient supply of raw materials in the future to meet the increasing demand for products, we need a...
The Netherlands recycles know-how to reduce Indonesia’s waste heap
Today, Minister for the Environment Dijksma is visiting Bantar Gebang, the largest waste heap in South East Asia, near Jakarta....
Infrastructure funding secured for the future
From now on, the Infrastructure Fund will be automatically extended every year. This means that funding for roads, railways,...