November 14, 2016
Dutch companies go international with recycle economy innovations
Sophisticated plants that retrieve valuable metals from discarded electronics. Sustainable yarn for the clothing industry, spun from collected plastic waste. With these types of solutions, Dutch companies are showing that they possess the innovations for converting the economy into a circular one. This involves know-how that can also be properly harnessed abroad, in order to foster reuse of raw materials and reduce the volume of waste ending up in landfills.
Last week, Environment Minister Dijksma kicked off the Holland Circular Hotspot, the platform that will be promoting the Dutch innovations across the border.
Minister Dijksma: ‘Our aim in the Netherlands is to have our economy run entirely on reusable raw materials by 2050. Many Dutch companies already hold the solutions required to realise that transition. Solutions they would also like to offer to other countries. The Holland Circular Hotspot is now pooling the strengths of companies, knowledge institutes, and the government in order to put the Netherlands on the map internationally as a circular hub.’
Holland Circular Hotspot
The platform is being set up by companies and knowledge institutes active in the waste and recycling sector, such as ENVAQUA, Delft University of Technology, BRBS Recycling, and the Amsterdam Economic Board. The government assists these parties in calling international attention to their innovations. In the start-up phase, the platform will focus primarily on Eastern Europe. Recycling is hardly an issue in countries such as Bulgaria and Romania; here, valuable raw materials are dumped as waste. For that reason, a number of trade missions with Dutch companies will be organised to these countries.
Reducing raw material wastage
The Holland Circular Hotspot is one of the spearheads of the Government-wide Programme for a Circular Economy that was presented by the Cabinet two months ago. By 2030, we will need to halve the volume of raw materials we use in the Netherlands and by 2050 we must be fully circular. To this end, in December, Minister Dijksma will conclude the Raw Materials Agreement with all Dutch parties involved. This sets out agreements regarding the efforts required on everyone’s part to attain these goals for 2030 and 2050.