Circular City

Moving from a linear to a circular economy means minimising the waste and pollution by reducing, recycling and reusing. The City of Amsterdam aims to redesign twenty product- or material chains. The implementation of material reuse strategies has the potential to create a value of €85 million per year within the construction sector and €150 million per year with more efficient organic residual streams. Amsterdam set up an innovation program on the circular economy; By converting waste into electricity, urban heating and construction materials, the Amsterdam Electricity Company generates 900 kWh per 1000 kg of waste. 75% of the sewage system is separated for waste and rain water and the silt which remains after treating waste water is converted into natural gas. Share your innovative concepts and ideas on circular economy here.

Audrie van Veen, Director Strategic Partnerships at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

European Parliament kick starts Circular Economy

Last month, the European Parliament Environment Committee decided for ambitious measures to boost recycling, cut landfilling and curb food waste, thus kick-starting the Circular Economy.
The share of waste to be recycled should be raised to 70% by 2030, from 44% today, while landfilling, which has a big environmental impact, should be limited to 5%, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday, as they amended the draft EU “waste package” legislation. They also advocate a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030.
See for details the link below, for this information in Dutch read and here ( you can watch a short movie with the highlights of the debate.

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Sladjana Mijatovic, Program Manager at City of Amsterdam, posted

8.1% of Dutch Jobs are Currently Circular

The joint research by Erasmus University and Circle Economy shows that 8.1% of all jobs in the Netherlands are currently circular. This total number comprises all kinds of jobs in different sectors, from waste management to creative industries.

Through this research we now know that 90% of all jobs in the Netherlands are not circular and do not contribute to the circular economy. The Netherlands has huge potential when it comes to the circular economy, but we will have to put in extra effort in order to increase the size and impact of the circular workforce across sectors. Further research by Circle Economy and Erasmus University will bring to light which skills are needed to be able to implement the circular economy and allow the Dutch and local governments to accelerate the transition. Read more:

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Jonathan van Oostveen, Commercial services , posted

Rev3days - Haut-de-France

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Het regionale masterplan Rev3 werd in 2013 gelanceerd door Jeremy Rifkin, in samenwerking met de private sector, lokale autoriteiten, clusters en universiteiten in Hauts-de-France. Rifkin's doel was om aan alle energiebehoeften te voldoen door duurzame energie in 2050 en van Hauts-de-France de eerste regio te maken die het post-carbon tijdperk betreedt. Rev3Days borduurt voort op dit concept.

• Rev3 is een initiatief van de Europese Unie om samenwerking tussen bedrijven te promoten op het gebied van circular economy, smart cities, additive manufacturing en energie.
• Door een begeleid B2B-matchmaking proces wil Rev3 bedrijven maar ook lokale autoriteiten, gemeenten en scholen helpen met het vinden van potentiële klanten, producten en strategische of institutionele partnerships.
• De conferentie is daarnaast ook gericht op de investeringsmogelijkheden in Haute-de-France, de regio van Frankrijk die London, Parijs en Brussel met elkaar verbindt. Gezien het BNP van €153 miljard (vergelijkbaar met Ierland), de jonge bevolking en de aanwezigheid van zo’n 282.000 bedrijven is dit een zeer aantrekkelijke investeringsregio.

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Sladjana Mijatovic, Program Manager at City of Amsterdam, posted

Amsterdam is cutting off natural gas.

The city plans to wean its homes off domestic natural gas by 2050, starting now.

By 2050, Amsterdam hopes to put its gas-heated days behind it. In a city where natural gas warms 90 percent of all homes and contributes 30 percent of all carbon emissions, removing all those boilers won’t be easy—but it could very well be worth it.

From here, the deadline might seem far away, but the journey to that target is beginning right now. This week, the city announced that in 2017, 10,000 public housing units will have their gas supplies removed, and new neighborhoods in the city won’t have natural gas as an option either.

So what will heat Amsterdam in the future? The overarching answer is district heating, derived from a number of sources. By 2020, 102,000 Amsterdam homes will have switched from heat created in their homes to heat created at a central facility and supplied by a pipeline. While it requires a network of heavily insulated hot water pipes to be installed, district heating systems save considerable energy in the long run by creating a single generating point where fuel is burned. This creates efficiencies of scale that ultimately make the same amount of fuel go further.

Even if this heat were to be generated by natural gas, heating water centrally and piping it to heaters, kitchens, and bathrooms would produce far fewer carbon emissions than burning gas in each home. But in a general move against the fuel, Amsterdam is already trying to find alternative heat sources, notably waste heat from industry. Already, 70,000 of the city’s homes are warmed with water heated at a central waste incinerator. The plan is to roll this concept out further to tap into other sources of waste heat.

The plans are not all working toward greater centralization, however. Some heat pumps are being planned to keep homes warm on the new artificial islands Amsterdam has been constructing in the IJmeer lake. Some homes are also being fitted with solar water heaters, which will ultimately be able to feed unused hot water back into the wider network to generate income for the homeowner.

This all makes it sound pretty simple, but the issues ahead are still pretty huge. For heat pumps to be cost effective, for example, buildings need to be extremely well insulated, which could be why only around 1,000 Dutch homes are currently fitted with the technology. That’s an easy enough goal to manage for new construction, but it would be far harder to install in the city’s older, often rather drafty housing stock.


Download the strategy (Dutch) 'Naar een stad zonder aardgas' (PDF, 1.2 MB ) and the attachments (Dutch) (PDF, 831 kB )

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Rob Oomen, Project Management Officer , posted

Training: Circulair inkopen

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Door toenemende grondstoffenschaarste, afvalvermindering, innovatie in de keten en efficiëntere productie en logistiek begint de circulaire economie steeds meer vorm te krijgen. Onder invloed van maatschappelijke druk krijgen organisaties steeds vaker de vraag wat de milieu-impact is van het product dat zij afnemen. Jouw klanten, stakeholders en opdrachtgevers willen weten of er circulair wordt ingekocht. Hoe word je als organisatie 100% relevant?
Inkoop sleutelfunctie voor circulaire economie
Een sleutel voor het aanjagen van de circulaire economie ligt bij inkopers. Zij stimuleren en creëren immers de vraag naar circulair geproduceerde goederen en zorgen zo voor nieuwe business modellen zoals ‘betalen per gebruik’ (pay per use), koop/terugkoop en doorverkoop.

Verandervermogen van de inkoopprofessional
Circulair Inkopen vergt behalve weloverwogen inkoopprocessen en innovatieve contractvormen in de gehele supply chain ook een veranderende, flexibelere en meer empathische houding als inkoopprofessional om de dialoog over circulariteit met leveranciers aan te gaan. Tijdens de training gaan we met u op reis waarbij niet alleen de inhoudelijke kant, maar ook de gedragskant wordt belicht. Kortom, het verandervermogen van de inkoopprofessional staat centraal.

Trainingslocatie: inspiratie ten top!
Gestart tijdens de internationale campagne Netherlands Circular Hotspot, is Valley Beta ontwikkeld als tijdelijk experimenteer en inspiratiegebied waar organisaties en ondernemers nu al hun circulaire ambities waar kunnen maken. Hiermee is de eerste stap naar de realisatie van Valley gezet.
Valley wordt ontwikkeld als de eerste circulaire business development hub ter wereld. Gelegen in Schiphol Trade Park, vlakbij luchthaven Schiphol, wordt dit dé plek waar alle relevante stakeholders samenkomen om nieuwe circulaire businessmodellen- en concepten te ontwikkelen.

De bijbehorende investering voor deelname bedraagt € 395,-. (De training vindt doorgang bij minimaal 10 deelnemers)

Mocht u aanvullende vragen hebben, dan kunt u contact opnemen met Wouter van Twillert: / +31 (0)6 14 18 44 71

vr 20 januari 2017
09:00 – 17:00 CET

Malou Brantjes, project manager , posted

Circular economy trade missions

Check the website to join a circular trade mission to Beijing, a waste management and circular economy mission to Eastern Europe and a waste & climate mission to Indonesia!

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Maaike Osieck, Founder Mighty4 & Amsterdam Smart City Ambassador , posted

Nice overview of Amsterdam as Circular City

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Nice overview of Amsterdam as Circular City in the Holland Herald of October. De Ceuvel, The Edge, Buiksloterham and many more initiatives.

Nice overview of Amsterdam as Circular City in the Holland Herald of October. De Ceuvel, The Edge, Buiksloterham and many more initiatives. Read more

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Malou Brantjes, project manager , posted

European-Dutch Trade Mission Circular Economy to Bejing (text in Dutch)

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We are at the beginning of a transition towards a circular economy. A transition in which the use and reuse of resources is central. A transition that makes us different to look at design, manufacture and use of products. From 23-25 November 2016, the China International Circular Economy Exhibition takes place. Dutch companies are invited to join a trade mission to this event in Bejing. Article in Dutch

We are at the beginning of a transition towards a circular economy. A transition in which the use and reuse of resources is central. A transition that makes us different to look at design, manufacture and use of products. From 23-25 November 2016, the China International Circular Economy Exhibition takes place. Dutch companies are invited to join a trade mission to this event in Bejing. Article in Dutch

Van 23-25 november 2016 vindt het Circulaire Economie Event van China, de China International Circular Economy Exhibition ( plaats in Beijing. 9 Circulaire thema’s staan centraal. Implementatie van Circulaire Economie is een belangrijk onderdeel van het 5 Jaren plan 2016-2020. De stad Beijing heeft ook een stedenband met Amsterdam.

Een aantal Nederlandse bedrijven heeft zich ingeschreven voor een Circulaire EU-missie. De inschrijving voor de EU-missie is reeds verlopen. Echter, de Nederlandse Overheid meent dat Nederland op dit event beslist niet mag ontbreken. Er wordt derhalve alsnog de mogelijkheid geboden aan Nederlandse bedrijven om op eigen gelegenheid te reizen en (kosteloos) deel te nemen aan zowel het grote Chinese CE event, een specifieke Nederlandse site event en receptie en gebruik te maken van match-making faciliteiten. Dit Nederlandse programma op maat heeft als doel Nederland op de kaart te zetten als Circular Hotspot en Sustainable Urban Delta met (circulaire) oplossingen voor de uitdagingen van China en de rest van Azië.

Door de aansluiting met de Europese missie kunnen we ook zoveel mogelijk gebruik maken van de faciliteiten die Europa in dit kader kan ontwikkelen.

Wilt u aansluiten of meer informatie dan kunt een email richten aan of bellen met

Bernard Scheffens, CEO WSS Asia, E:, T: +316.50636998 of

Freek van Eijk, MD Acceleratio, E:, T: +316.51080847

Kosten voor deelname aan dit event zijn gratis

•Reis- en verblijfkosten, alsmede lokale transportkosten zijn voor eigen rekening

•Recepties en ontvangsten zijn toegankelijk voor deelnemers aan deze missie

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Jeanke van der Haar, Energy Transition | Smart Areas | District Heating & Cooling at ENGIE, posted

ENGIE in smart areas

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Young on Board, The ROAST , posted

Head over to the circular ROAST! (Dutch)

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The ROAST, an initiative from Young on Board (Amsterdam Economic Board), is an event that matches start-ups to experienced professionals to lift their companies to a higher level. How? The start-ups pitch their concept and conclude with a question for help. The public of experts (you!) gives scharp criticism and after that, feedback and answers on the question they ask.

Join the ROAST on 6 October 2016! Together with partner ABN AMRO we graps the theme 'Circular economy' and help start-ups grow their business. The location for the event is Clean Tech Playground 'De Ceuvel', catering organization will be Instock and the beer is made of potatoes.

Claim your (free) ticket via
The event will be in Dutch.

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Nancy Zikken, Trade developer Smart City / Sustainable Built Environment at Amsterdam Trade, posted

Inspiring! Dutch province launches cycle path made of toilet paper! (Dutch text)

In Holland 180.000 tons of toilet paper are flushed away on a yearly basis. The Province of Friesland, a water board and some private parties cooperated to give this paper a new life. They win paper fibers out of the waste water and turn them into asphalt. Unique form of recycling! Article in Dutch

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Anonymous posted

The state of play for Australian smart cities - "a jumbled mess".

A useful and entirely accurate summary from the authors - quoting well credentialed experts in smart city related fields - about the current state of play for smart city strategy/ies in Australia. The "jumbled mess" direct quote comes from Neil Temperley of Data61, now part of the Australian CSIRO.

Marcel Peters, CEO at Bundles, posted

Crowdfunding Bundles

With our crowdfunding campaign we aim to show that there is a demand to consume high quality appliances in a circular way (pay-per-use). IoT technology enables us to collect data regarding appliance performance and eventually work together with our manufacturing partner (Miele) to reduce the total costs of clean laundry. You can help us by joining the circular movement and decide that you will consume your next washing machine and tumble dryer in a circular way. Join our campaign now on!

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