25 press releases

European sustainability councils call for a boost in the post-pandemic shift to rail for international travel

Press release
Rli - 1 July 2020
Europe can and must do more to improve international passenger travel by rail. This will contribute towards the EU’s environmental goals, will enhance the economic competitiveness of agglomerations and stimulate sustainable tourism. Moreover, the transpor ...

Dutch Cabinet to increase their grip on hazardous substances

Press release
Rli - 11 March 2020
Current policy on hazardous substances is not sufficient to adequately control the risks to people and the physical environment. The use and number of hazardous substances is increasing, as is the reuse of products containing such substances. This is why ...

Tourism growth requireschange in policy

Press release
Rli - 6 September 2019
6 September 2019 – The number of tourists visiting the Netherlands has grown exponentially in the past ten years and will continue to do so in the years to come. Tourism now generates as much revenue as the construction sector and more than double that of ...

Invest European agricultural funds in circular agriculture

Press release
Rli - 22 May 2019
The Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Carola Schouten, has set out her ambition to establish a circular agriculture system in the Netherlands. The Council for the Environment and Infrastructure advises the minister to make increasing use o ...

Treat aviation like any other business sector

Press release
Rli - 18 April 2019
18 April 2019 – Aviation enjoys an exceptional position in Dutch national policy, which holds other mobility sectors or industries more accountable for their impact on the living environment than it does aviation. Aviation growth is increasingly at odds w ...

Sustainability agendas can boost the regions

Press release
Rli - 26 March 2019
The Netherlands must transition to sustainability. Over the coming decades our energy supply, our food system and our economy will be radically transformed. We will also have to adapt to climate change. All tiers of government are working on these four de ...

Energy transition in the built environment demands clarity

Press release
Rli - 13 December 2018
13 December 2018 – Every building in the Netherlands should be heated from sustainable sources by 2050. The path to that outcome is still very uncertain: the respective responsibilities of the government and citizens, the allocation of costs and the exten ...

Advisory Council expresses concern about Dutch National Environment and Planning Strategy

Press release
Rli - 20 November 2018
20 November 2018 – The National Environment and Planning Strategy, which is expected to be published early in 2019, is the Dutch government’s main instrument for orienting spatial development in order to ensure a good quality environment. Essential to ach ...

Better mobility requires different choices

Press release
Rli - 23 May 2018
23 May 2018- Expanding the capacity of the major road and rail networks cannot provide the answer to the Netherlands’ accessibility problems any longer. The investment strategy must better reflect people’s changing travel needs, make more use of new techn ...

Meeting climate targets requires a new food policy

Press release
Rli - 3 April 2018
In the long term, Dutch climate targets will inevitably lead to a lower permissible livestock production capacity and a change in diet. The Dutch government should prepare for this transition by developing a new food policy that will minimise the negative ...