Environmental Data Compendium
68 factsheets about the environment

Sustainable development

With respect to combatting climate change and reducing the ecological footprint of consumption, there is still a long way to go.

The amount of land required for the consumption of Dutch residents and the Dutch government was about three times the surface area of the Netherlands in 2010. Over 80% of the land use was abroad. Recently, the land use for biofuels increased.

Deforestation and the increased use of forests for production are increasing the pressure on forest biodiversity. In order to maintain forest biodiversity, more and more forests are being managed sustainably.

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

 

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Land footprint, 1990-2013

Indicator | 15 February 2018

The amount of land required for Dutch consumption totaled about two and a half times the surface area of the Netherlands in 2013. About 0.5 hectares was used per person. Almost 80% of... more

Dutch biodiversity footprint, 1990 - 2010

Indicator | 5 August 2016

The total Dutch biodiversity footprint increased by 11 percent between 1990 and 2000 and has decreased since then. Compared to 1990 the footprint in 2010 increased by 5 percent. The... more

Land footprint of Dutch consumption, 2010

Indicator | 11 March 2016

The amount of land required for Dutch consumption totalled about three times the surface area of the Netherlands in 2010. About 0.6 hectares was used per person. More than 80% of the... more

Sustainable production chains: wood, 2005-2013

Indicator | 30 July 2015

The market share of certified sustainably produced timber in the Netherlands increased to 74% between 2011 and 2013, primarily as sheet material increased from 51% to 80%.

Ecological footprint of Dutch consumption, 2005

Indicator | 18 June 2014

The amount of land required for Dutch consumption totalled about three times the surface area of the Netherlands in 2005. Most of this was used for forestry, agriculture and livestock... more

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