Sustainability: The Netherlands

September 2021

The Netherlands shows a weak performance in the Sustainability Index, as the country remains dependent on fossil fuels and lags in renewable energy transition, while air and water pollution remain pressing issues for the population’s health. Although the country has ample renewable water resources and an efficient farming sector, global warming remains a viable concern to both sectors. On the other hand, well-developed flood preparedness helps to mitigate the impact of extreme weather events.

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Sustainability: The Netherlands

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Despite ongoing expansion of renewables, reliance on imports to remain strong
Water and air pollution to remain pressing issues in the Netherlands
More comprehensive and stricter measures needed to protect natural heritage
Water contamination poses a threat to safe drinking water supply
Despite high share of imports, food security and affordability to remain adequate
Strong flood control measures help to boost resilience to natural risks

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY INDEX

Chart 1 Environmental Sustainability Index: The Netherlands Chart 2 Global Sustainability Ranking: The Netherlands Chart 3 Energy Ranking: The Netherlands Chart 4 Energy Availability Landscape in the Netherlands Chart 5 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape in the Netherlands Chart 6 Pollution Ranking: The Netherlands Chart 7 Air Pollution in the Netherlands Chart 8 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape in the Netherlands Chart 9 Forest and Biodiversity Ranking: The Netherlands Chart 10 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape in the Netherlands Chart 11 Water Ranking: The Netherlands Chart 12 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape in the Netherlands Chart 13 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape in the Netherlands Chart 14 Food and Agriculture Ranking: The Netherlands Chart 15 Food and Agriculture Landscape in the Netherlands Chart 16 Role of Agriculture in the Economy of the Netherlands Chart 17 Environmental Resilience Ranking: The Netherlands Chart 18 Environmental Resilience Landscape in the Netherlands
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