In Search of Indicators of Sustainable Development by Onno J. Kuik, Harmen Verbruggen

By Onno J. Kuik, Harmen Verbruggen

In 1989 the Dutch executive released a countrywide Environmental coverage Plan (Dutch abbreviation NMP). This NMP is predicated at the e-book trouble for the following day. a countrywide environmental survey by means of RIVM (the nationwide Institute of Public well-being and Environmental Protection). an enormous end of the RIVM learn used to be that emissions of many toxins needed to be reduce by means of 70 - ninety % that allows you to succeed in environmental caliber pursuits. the govt authorized the RIVM research and as a result ClUTent Dutch environmental coverage goals at huge aid of pollution. one other end of the RIVM examine was once that such excessive aid targets wouldn't be effortless to accomplish by way of technological ability by myself, and that therefore structural alterations will be required. those adjustments may perhaps finally result in sustainable improvement, which now varieties the most important concentration of Dutch govt nationwide environmental coverage. This being so, the Dutch govt asked that RIVM in next problems with trouble for day after today may still examine the choices for sustainable development.

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In Search of Indicators of Sustainable Development

In 1989 the Dutch executive released a countrywide Environmental coverage Plan (Dutch abbreviation NMP). This NMP is predicated at the publication drawback for the following day. a countrywide environmental survey via RIVM (the nationwide Institute of Public future health and Environmental Protection). an enormous end of the RIVM examine was once that emissions of many pollution needed to be lower through 70 - ninety % with a view to succeed in environmental caliber targets.

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Emission accounts are based on a registration programme of air quality and calculations of energy use, industrial statistics, etc. These accounts give indications about the air quality and emission levels by type of pollutant. a the emission accounts b the state accounts Figure 3: Structure of the Norwegian environmental accounts (adapted from Longva, 1981). 53 Alfsen et al. (1987) provide examples of how NRA could be used for policy support purposes, usually via links to macroeconomic models. However, the long lead time for account construction has delayed demonstration of the usefulness of the accounts and the value added of an expanded accounting framework.

If, for instance, a cheaper anti-pollution technology is invented, the distance between national income (Y) and the estimated sustainable activity level (Y') becomes smaller. But if the technology is not or not generally applied, the state of the environment changes only very slightly, or not at all. Furthermore a decrease in costs does not necessarily run parallel with changes in physical parameters. Therefore environmental statistics in physical wlits remain indispensable. 3. The results of the approach do not represent individual valuations in the true sense, as has been explained above.

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