Marieke Schouten is working as an alderman in the city of Nieuwegein, Utrecht Region in The Netherlands. Her responsibilities include spatial planning ; environment, water management & climate adaptation; the transition towards green / clean energy systems, and health. Nieuwegein City is surrounded by three major highways, and two busy rivers, has a population of 67.000 people and provides employment to 46.000 people. As member of the EU Committee of the Regions, she is co-chair of the Zero Pollution Stakeholders Platform. The European Commission, in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions, set up this Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform to achieve the zero pollution ambition. She was rapporteur of the “EU Action Plan: 'Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil.