Environmental Data Compendium
68 factsheets about the environment


The quality of the environment in the Netherlands has improved considerably since 1990. Emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere, for example, have been reduced significantly as a result of measures taken to comply with European standards. Almost everywhere, the air quality meets the European requirements as cars become cleaner and emissions produced by manufacturing industry are reduced. Contaminated soil sites have been mapped, facilitating a systematic approach. Waste produced by industries and households is increasingly recycled. Although the water quality has improved marginally, a major effort will be required to comply with the European standards for 2027 as laid down in the Water Framework Directive.

The editors have selected the most important indicators. Together, they provide a picture of the state of the environment.


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Greenhouse gas emissions, 1990-2016

Indicator | 6 September 2017

In 2016 greenhouse gas emissions (provisional data) were 0.7 per cent higher than in 2015. The level of the emissions was 12 per cent under the Kyoto protocol base year.

Costs and financing of nature and landscape conservation, 1999-2013

Indicator | 29 June 2017

In 2013, gross costs of nature and landscape conservation amounted to 900 million euros. This results in a diminution of 20 percent compared to the peak year 2009. Government finances... more

House prices, 2016

Indicator | 31 May 2017

House prices (excluding new construction) were 5.0 percent higher on average in 2016 than in 2015. House buyers paid an average 244 thousand euros for a house. For the third year in a... more

Red List Indicator, 1995 - 2016

Indicator | 31 May 2017

In recent years, circumstances for various plant and animal species seem to have improved to some degree.

Greenhouse gas emissions, 1990-2015

Indicator | 25 April 2017

In 2015 greenhouse gas emissions were 4.1 per cent higher than in 2014. The level of the emissions was 12 per cent under the Kyoto protocol base year.

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