In 2021, greenhouse gas emissions were 1.8% higher than the year before. This marked the first time emissions had gone up since 2016. In 2020, emissions declined by 8.8%. The 2021 increase is largely attributable to CO2 and to the cold winter.
Dutch people eat more healthy foods: more plant products, less red and processed meat
Dutch people are eating and drinking more healthily. We know this because of RIVM’s new Dutch National Food Consumption Survey (Voedselconsumptiepeiling, VCP). Dutch people are eating more plant products, like fruit and vegetables, unsalted nuts and legumes.
Air quality in the Netherlands in 2021 almost the same as in 2020
In 2021, the Netherlands once again met the European limit values for nitrogen dioxide emitted at ground-level by road traffic. This was also the case for particulate matter along the roads, with the exception of a small stretch of road near Velsen.
New: NEVO online 2021
RIVM published a new online edition of the Dutch food composition database (NEVO).
EU air policy gives an average of 6 extra years of life in the Netherlands
Since the 1970s, European policies to improve air quality have resulted in fewer emissions in many countries.
Young people who use screens before sleeping have more sleep problems
Young people (13-18 years) who use light-emitting screens daily in the hour before going to sleep have more sleep problems.
Dutch air quality shows little improvement in 2017
In 2017, concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter in most parts of the Netherlands were below European limit values.
Climate change, ozone depletion and air quality need to be addressed coherently
Ozone layer depletion, air pollution and climate change need to be addressed in connection with each other.
Less salt in certain foods, sugar contents remain unchanged
The salt content in bread was on average 19 percent lower compared to 2011. In addition, certain types of sauces, soups, canned vegetables and pulses, and crisps had a lower salt content.