39 press releases

Additional measures needed to ensure good water quality

Press release
Rli - 11 May 2023
The quality of groundwater and surface water in the Netherlands is poor. Moreover, national and international regulations are not being followed. For example, the European Water Framework Directive sets standards to be achieved by 2027. But this objective ...

Advice of Rli, RVS and ROB to the Dutch government: A change of approach is needed in the area of regional policy

Press release
Rli - 27 March 2023
There are significant regional disparities in wellbeing in the Netherlands and these disparities are widening. Government policy should focus on countering undesirable disparities, as compensating for deficits alone is not enough. Investment in long-term ...

The Netherlands needs much more sustainable finance

Press release
Rli - 10 February 2023
At present, there is far too little sustainable investment in the Netherlands. The financial sector must move faster to change this situation and the government needs to act to ensure the sector actually does so. This is what the Council for the Environme ...

Energy transition calls for diligent decision-making on nuclear power stations

Press release
Rli - 7 September 2022
Over the coming years, the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) is anticipating a political and public debate on the organisation of our future energy system and the possible role of nuclear energy within it. Decisions in this area will ne ...

Solving the housing crisis requires more action from housing associations and municipalities

Press release
Rli - 18 August 2022
Social housing stock needs to expand considerably in the next few years. That’s why central government needs to considerably step up efforts to maximise the performance of housing associations and municipalities. In its advisory report ‘Providing shelter: ...

Nature everywhere and for everyone

Press release
Rli - 23 March 2022
23 March 2022 – Nature is declining at an alarming rate in the Netherlands. According to the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli), the biodiversity crisis is as serious as the climate crisis. Robust nature is crucial for the quality of lif ...

Give sustainable farmers prospects for the future

Press release
Rli - 2 December 2021
Farmers should have prospects for the future within the boundaries of sustainability. To operate their businesses, farmers must have at least the following: clarity about the criteria that their farm must meet, the freedom to determine how they will meet ...

Use growth fund to target sustainable growth

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Rli - 14 October 2021
The National Growth Fund (Nationaal Groeifonds) was instituted to raise the Netherlands' future gross domestic product. The Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) concludes in its advisory report "Investing in sustainable growth&qu ...

Accessibility policy focuses too much on expanding infrastructure

Press release
Rli - 10 February 2021
In accessibility policy, the focus is too one-sided, concentrating on eliminating traffic congestion and investing in new infrastructure projects. Other solutions, such as spreading traffic throughout the day, digital alternatives or smart urbanisation po ...

Government must focus policy on sustainable digitalisation

Press release
Rli - 9 February 2021
Digital technology and data use are changing our society in fundamental ways. These changes are having a major impact on the sustainability of our living environment. Although digitalisation and sustainability are inextricably connected, government policy ...