Kees van Luijk, (1956) MSc is head of the RIVM Centre of Environmental Quality.

Kees van Luijk
It is fascinating and challenging to interpret the independent knowledge role of RIVM every day, concentrating on the interests of society: up-to-date knowledge of environment and safety society can trust, every day.

Kees van Luijk is responsible for the Centre of Environmental Quality which monitors the quality of the environment with respect to air pollution, sound, soil and groundwater. Our health and wellbeing are to a large extent determined by the quality of our environment. This is what drives the people of the Centre of Environmental Quality. By monitoring the quality of the environment we contribute to a clean and healthy environment. Monitoring and knowledge of air quality, sound, soil and groundwater allows the Centre of Environmental Quality to connect with sustainability themes, such as climate and biodiversity.

The independent knowledge position of RIVM is a source of inspiration for Kees van Luijk. Developing knowledge of environment and living environment and making it available to the government as well as to society as a whole. RIVM’s knowledge should be a beacon for developing policies and public debate. It is this public knowledge role that motivated Kees van Luijk to switch to RIVM in 2004.

Until 2004, he worked for DHV Consultancy and Engineering Agency, where he worked on environment and environmental quality/town and country planning and was involved in projects for developing industry and infrastructure. He finished his studies in Building technology in 1981 at Delft University of Technology.

Environmental monitoring may seem simple, but it is a complicated field of knowledge. New measuring and calculating techniques, sensor technology developments, and international development of scientific knowledge about environmental quality and health require a lot of our experts. We work closely together inside and outside of RIVM. With our solid knowledge, we support our national and local governments, but increasingly also citizens who want to know what the situation is in ‘their’ environment. New technology creates new possibilities at a fast pace. This goes from satellite observations to microtechnology that allows citizens to take their own measurements. In this exciting world, we interpret environmental quality for policy makers and citizens.

Areas of expertise

  • Air quality
  • Sound
  • Soil and groundwater
  • External safety
  • Environment and environmental quality
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Data from measuring and calculating