Scientists consider the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as the main cause of climate change. But with appropriate measures, we can harness our energy, talents, and innovative power for ambitious climate action and boost economic growth and employment.

While the transition toward a green and future-proof economy requires us to make significant investments, the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term challenges. Green growth leads to healthier cities, increased food security, and innovative sustainable business opportunities. 

Climate action

Temperatures rise as a result of global warming, which causes the sea level to rise as well. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Dutch government takes mitigation measures and cooperates with non-state actors.

The Dutch government also takes adaption measures to protect the country against the consequences of climate change. The Netherlands is committed to tackling climate issues on a global scale and actively participates in international negotiations and agreements, such as the Paris Agreement.

Learn more about the Dutch government’s efforts to battle climate change.

Circular economy by 2050

As the world’s population grows, so does the economy and the demand for raw materials. But these raw materials are limited and will eventually run out. A circular economy could solve that problem. In a circular economy, resources are used for as long as possible to extract the maximum value, then recycled or upcycled when their product lifecycle ends.

The Dutch government is working with industry, civil-society organizations, knowledge institutions, and other authorities to work toward a sustainable economy for the future. In this circular economy, there will be no more waste, as resources will be used again and again.

The government-wide circular economy program sets out what we will need to do to achieve a circular Dutch economy by 2050. The circular economy drives innovation and job growth. By 2023, the circular economy in the Netherlands is expected to account for a market value of 7.3 billion euros and 54,000 jobs.

To reach this goal, the Dutch government has adopted a Circular Economy Action Agenda, which focuses on five sectors and value chains that are important to the economy but also have a high environmental burden.