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; www.amsterdamsmartcity.com/circularamsterdam. 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.

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Fashion for good - Meet the Innovators: Dyes of the Future

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In this year's first edition of 'Meet the Innovators', we bring together innovative technologies disrupting the traditional dyeing-landscape

About this event

For the ‘Dyes of the Future’ event we welcome three innovators from our current programmes with innovations at the forefront of dyeing solutions, alternative dyes and pigments. We’re excited to kick-off with field expert Adriana Galijasevic to discuss the challenges of the industry and the opportunities for new technologies and collaborations in the sustainable dyeing space. Sign up to find out more and learn how they’re helping to shape a new world for fashion.

Agenda:

15:00-15:05 CEST / 18:30-18:35 IST:

  • Introduction

15:05-15:25 CEST/ 18:35-18:55 IST:

  • Keynote speaker Adriana Galijasevic

15:25-15:40 CEST / 18:55-19:10 IST:

  • Innovator Pitches: Graviky Labs, t-hues, Stony Creek Colors

15:40-16:00 (19:10-19:30 IST):

  • Q&A (open to audience)

Speakers:

Adriana Galijasevic

Adriana Galijasevic is a designer, action researcher, innovator, educator and an advocate for circular economy in fashion-industry based on the Cradle-to-Cradle design principles. Before starting as an independent consultant, she spent a last decade working for G-Star ‘RAW’ as Denim, Sustainability & Circularity Expert.

Graviky Labs (India)

Graviky is a material innovation startup that turns end-of-life carbon emissions into industrial grade materials. Emissions are recycled into products such as screen-print and inkjet inks, dye stuff and transfer inks that could be used in apparel and packaging applications.

t-hues (Sri Lanka)

t-hues began with a collaboration between Dynawash (an industrial apparel dyer) and SLINTEC (a nanotechnology research institute) that saw the creation of a natural dye produced from tea waste from Unilever. t-hues can offer a sustainable dye with a wide range of colours and a reduction in the carbon footprint.

Stony Creek Colors (United States)

Stony Creek Colors creates a plant-based indigo that can replace petrochemical based synthetic indigo dyes. They optimise indigo production in a (non-GMO) closed loop process which has the potential to be carbon negative. In addition, they are working with small-scale farmers and helping them to switch from tobacco to indigo which can provide them with a more stable income stream and keep prime farmland in agricultural production.

About Fashion for Good:

Fashion for Good was founded to address the problems faced in the fashion industry. In order to change things, we need to innovate. But to date, key innovations are not being scaled; we bridge this gap by bringing the most promising innovators together with industry heavyweights to tackle the industry’s most deeply rooted environmental and social challenges.

We are both an innovation platform and a convenor for change - we house the world's first interactive tech museum for sustainable fashion in Amsterdam and run regular events and workshops to help you on your good fashion journey.

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Lunchroom | Food Webinars | #1 Alternative proteins

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Get to know the latest from the alternative proteins industry and learn about acceleration opportunities in just 30 min during lunchtime!

For whom

  • Startups that would like to grow their business
  • Idea owners that would like to turn their idea into business.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about alternative proteins

Why join

  • The latest development in alternative proteins
  • First hand experience about our accelerator and incubator programs on food
  • Ask all your questions to our alumni and team
  • Expand your network

About Alternative proteins
Alternative protein companies that relate to plantbased protein, cultured meat, and cultured fish are growing strongly. With only about one-tenth the carbon costs of animal-based foods but more “meat-like” product entrants every day, they could transform the food industry completely. While plantbased proteins are derived from pea or wheat ingredients, cultured lab-grown products attempt to make meat from animal cells grown or cultured in a lab, cruelty-free. What are the opportunities in the alternative proteins market in 2021/2022? Join us for a webinar over lunch and get acquainted with the trends and acceleration opportunities.

Program
12:30 intro
12:35 expert talk: 2021 market trends in alternative proteins
12:50 Q&A about our food accelerators

Speakers
FCA alum Brad Vanstone, Willicroft
IRP alum Mark Kulsdom, The Dutch Weedburger

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Lunchroom | Food Webinars | #2 Regenerative agriculture & biodiversity

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What are the opportunities for biodiversity in the market this year? Conventional farming is a huge driver of climate change and biodiversity loss. The good news is that regenerative agriculture could be the answer to turning it all around! However, scaling regenerative agriculture should not fall on farmers alone – it should be a joint effort across the supply chain.

Food companies and retailers should reward farmers who embrace these practices as well as governments, and intergovernmental organizations must reshape policies or plans and even incentivise regenerative agriculture. Consumers should be educated about this problem and encouraged to make conscious food choices, which will grow demand for sustainably produced products. Join us for this webinar and get to know more about the possibilities for your food startup to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system.

Get to know the latest from the regenerative agriculture & biodiversity industry and learn about our programmes in just 30 min during lunch!

For whom

  • Startups that would like to grow their business
  • Idea owners that would like to turn their idea into business.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about regenerative agriculture and biodiversity

Why join

  • The latest development in regenerative agriculture and biodiversity
  • First hand experience about our accelerator and incubator programs on food
  • Ask all your questions to our alumni and team
  • Expand your network

Program
12:30 intro
12:35 expert talk: 2021 market trends in regenerative agriculturen& biodiversity
12:50 Q&A about our food accelerators

Speakers
Felipe Villela, reNature
Wij.land

Note from ASC: Would you like to know more? Let Hendrike know in the comments.

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Lunchroom | Food Webinars | #3 Short & fair value chains

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Get to know the opportunities for short & value chains in the food sector and learn about acceleration opportunities in just 30 min!

For whom

  • Startups that would like to grow their business
  • Idea owners that would like to turn their idea into business.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about a short & fair value chain in the food industry

Why join

  • The latest trends in a short & fair value chain
  • First hand experience about our accelerator and incubator programs on food
  • Ask all your questions to our alumni and team
  • Expand your network

Short & fair value chains
The value chain is defined as the set of activities performed to design, produce, market, deliver, and support products. The sustainable food system starts with fair and ethical chains, emphasising quality, safety, diversity, responsibility, and traceability. What are the opportunities for short & fair value chains this year in the market? What do we need to change to be a part of the Sustainable Food Ecosystem? Join us for a discussion over lunch during our webinar and get the answer to these and more chains-related questions. At the end of your lunch break, you will be acquainted with the possibilities for your food startup to accelerate the transition.

Programme
12:30 intro
12:35 expert talk: 2021 market trends in short & fair value chains
12:50 Q&A about our food accelerators

Speakers
Alum Yorick Bruins, co-founder Wakuli
Mentor & sector expert Drees Peter van den Bosch, chairperson Taskforce Korte Keten

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Lunchroom | Food webinars | #4 Packaging & Circularity

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Learn about the opportunities in the market and our acceleration programs in just 30 min during lunchtime!

For whom

  • Startups that would like to grow their business
  • Idea owners that would like to turn their idea into business.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about packaging & circularity in food

Why join

  • The latest developments  in packaging & circularity in food
  • First hand experience about our accelerator and incubator programs on food
  • Ask all your questions to our alumni and team
  • Expand your network

Program
12:30 intro
12:35 expert talk: 2021 market trends on packaging & circularity
12:50 Q&A about our food accelerators

Speakers
Pieter Pot

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Tools for circular construction

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The impact of circular principles on the construction sector will be large and beneficial because buildings are responsible for more than 50% of the total use of materials on earth, including valuable specimen such as steel, copper, aluminium and zinc.

The picture above – the interior of the Circle pavilion of the ABN-AMRO bank in Amsterdam is an example of a new building that uses as many existing components as possible and new components of the building are designed to be reused. Think of:

• 1200 m2 of wooden floors
• Partition walls of a demolished building
• 16.000 garments of employees for isolation purposes

By circular construction we mean designing, building and demolishing a building in such a way that, in addition to the high-quality reuse of materials, justice is done to sustainability ambitions in the field of energy, water, and biodiversity and ecosystems.

New materials are often more expensive than new ones
In case of demolishment, nowadays many components are already reused, but at a very low level, for instance concrete and stones as the foundation of new roads. Apart from the limited necessity to construct many new roads, this type of recycling destroys the intrinsic quality of materials and does not diminish the use of new materials. The biggest problem is that recycled materials are often more expensive than new ones.

Evidently, progress can be made by planning, designing, developing, and building circular buildings. A number of options are mentioned below.

Dedicated urban planning
Challenges for planning are the use of inner-city vacant land and issuing mandatory requirements regarding the construction of new buildings, for instance the use of less cement, glass and steel, the mandatory application of a certain percentage of reused materials, and becoming energy positive or at least energy-neutral. Switching to sustainable timber is an option for 90% of homes and 70% of offices being built.

Mandatory reuse of existing components
Reuse of existing materials means that glass is reused as glass and concrete pillars as pillars. The same applies to doors, frames, carpets, wall-cladding materials and so on. To start with, after demolishment all materials must be selected, cleaned, registered, and stored in new-to-develop warehouses. A materials passport, which contains an overview of all materials and components that are used to construct of a house or building, is a useful tool as well. The obligation to reuse a large percentage of existing components has far-reaching consequences for the design and construction of new houses.

Industrial production and 3D printing
Construction of components in factories, deploying industrial processes, will reduce costs by 30 percent and the delivery time by at least 50 percent. In 2014, the Chinese company WinSun printed and assembled ten houses, each 195 square meters, in 24 hours, for an amount of €5,000 per house[1]. The company used 30 - 60 percent less material than in traditional construction. The “ink” for their 3D printers is a mixture of dry cement and construction waste. WinSun plans to open 100 recycling plants in China to convert waste into cost-efficient ink. This video below demonstrates the printing activities of WinSun

Sharing space
The size of apartments will decrease, partly due to costs, but also because of the presence of shared guest rooms, lounge areas and terraces for working and socializing, spaces for washing and drying laundry. The need for office space will decrease rapidly due to sharing space and working home. Already now, IBM has only one desk available for 12 employees. Given the presence of 300,000 employees, this has led worldwide to savings on real estate of around € 1 billion in the past 10 years.

Modularity and durability
A key barrier for better use of floor space is the lack of flexibility in the design of buildings and room configurations. A modular design, which provides for easy replacement of partitions and placement of complete pre-fab units (kitchens and bathrooms, walls, and roofs as well) facilitates adjustments in case of new construction or as the use of a building changes. DIRTT builds interior components that are modular and standardized and offer maximum interchangeability in both existing and new buildings[2]. This video gives an impression of the production and application of these flexible and inexpensive solutions.

Forget new construction at all
Anyway, a first step is more efficient use of existing buildings and houses.
As families become smaller and offices need less space, existing space becomes underused. Many thousands of one family houses can be transformed in apartments. Well-thought adjustments to the lay-out of existing houses and buildings can improve their efficiency without reducing their functionality and amenity. Look here for inspiring examples.

I will regularly share with you ‘snapshots’ of the challenge to bring social and ecological sustainable cities closer using technology if helpful. These posts represent findings, updates, and supplements of my e-book Humane cities. Always humane. Smart if helpful. The English version of this book can be downloaded for free below.

Note from ASC: What are your thoughts on this? Let Herman know bellow.

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The building for the Temporary Courthouse in Amsterdam will be relocated to Enschede!

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Over the coming months, the building of the Temporary Courthouse Amsterdam will be dismantled and completely reassembled on 'Kennispark Twente' (the area of Business & Science Park/Campus UT) in Enschede. There, it will have a new function as an office and research facility.

The temporary accommodation provided the Amsterdam judiciary continuity during the construction of the new permanent court. Now that this new home has been completed, the building will move as planned. At the time, the Central Government Real Estate Agency (RVB) tendered the assignment as a Design, Build, Maintain & Remove contract, which was realized by dpcp, a cooperation between cepezedprojects and Du Prie Bouw & Ontwikkeling. cepezed and cepezedinterior designed the building and Du Prie took care of the execution.

National Sustainability Award Steel after completion
Importantly because of its high degree of circularity, it won both the Amsterdam Architecture Prize (Golden AAP) and the National Sustainability Award Steel after completion. Also, in the report 'Circular Buildings – a measurement method for detachability' it scores the highest of all tested projects. The demountable construction and floors, which cepezed designed in close collaboration with IMd Consulting Engineers, play an important role in this.

Dismantling and reassembly with a 3D model
Yesterday saw the handover of the key from the RVB to dpcp, which heralds the new phase of the building. For the relocation, dpcp called in the expertise and experience of Lagemaat from Heerde, a company with a solid background in the dismantling and reassembly of buildings. Through a unique coding based on the 3D model and a 3D scan, the precise position of each part is known. Smaller elements are transported in containers and larger ones, such as the walkway, are loaded directly onto trucks. Lagemaat processes materials that are not reused in other projects. A minimal amount will be recycled in a high-quality manner. The dismantling period starts today already. The building is expected to be taken into use by the Overijssel Restructuring Company in early 2022.

Note from ASC: Would you like to know more? Let Menno know in the comments.

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PODCAST Groen & Gezond Almere: Jim van der Wardt over ondernemen, verbinden en Makers van Almere

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In deze aflevering spreekt presentatrice Nadia Zerouali Almeerder Jim van der Wardt. Hij zag een kans om een beweging in de stad die al bestond, maar nog niet zichtbaar was, een podium te geven. Onder de noemer Makers van Almere bracht hij de makers in de stad digitaal samen én bij de mensen thuis.

Zelf is hij ook een ondernemende maker in de stad en brengt met zijn duurzame uitgangspunt een oude ambacht weer tot leven. Hoe hij dit allemaal doet, ontdekken we in deze aflevering. Hij is te luisteren op Spotify, Apple Podcasts & Soundcloud!

Ben je nieuwsgierig naar wat er verder allemaal gebeurd op het gebied van duurzaamheid in Almere? Je kunt het duurzaamheidsprogramma van de gemeente Almere volgen via groenengezond.almere.nl of via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter en LinkedIn onder Groen en Gezond Almere.

Heb je nog ideeën voor deze podcast, een tip of iets aardigs? We horen heel graag van je. Laat een reactie achter via je favoriete podcast app of in de comments.

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Prijsvraag achterkant Upcyclecentrum (ondernemers gezocht!)

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Van april t/m oktober 2022 is Floriade Expo 2022 in #Almere. Bezoekers zullen bij binnenkomst de achterkant van het Upcyclecentrum zien. Maar de achterkant vertelt niet zoveel over wat er allemaal bij het Upcyclecentrum gebeurt op gebied van circulaire economie. Daarom zijn wij op zoek naar creatievelingen en makers die ideeën hebben voor het verfraaien van de achterkant van het Upcyclecentrum. Of het nu een circulair spandoek is, of een groene wand of een kunstwerk. Het belangrijkste is dat het het verhaal vertelt van het Upcyclecentrum / De Steiger.

Hoe en wat je vertelt, staat je helemaal vrij. Voor je idee mag je gebruik maken het hek achter het centrum, een deel van het gebouw, maar ook van het groen. Mail je idee voor 23 augustus 2021 naar Lorieke Hiam - de Lange via lhiam@almere.nl. Kijk op de website voor meer informatie en de voorwaarden.

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Pamela Fuhrmann, Pamela works with leaders to create greater awareness of what is possible and to translate that awareness into inspired action. at Anima Mundi Project, posted

Build you Leadership Effectiveness with a Leadership Coach

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As a member of the Amsterdam Smart City community, I invite you to apply to the pilot offering of ‘Coaching for the Greater Good’. We are a group of colleagues who work with global companies to develop executives and high potential leaders. We are committed to bringing quality leadership coaching to individuals and teams in organisations such as charities, municipalities, and small businesses that provide socially or ecologically beneficial products or services. We aim to support leaders, who recognize the inherent interdependency of individuals, communities, and the environment, to strengthen their organization’s capacity for generating inclusive wellbeing. We will never let financial constraints get in the way of providing our services to those leaders who have a vision for making a difference in the world. We offer our services at significantly reduced rates as a gesture of our commitment to support work that will make a difference in the world. This offering begins with a simple application process that ensures that we have values alignment. A maximum of 10 applications will be accepted for the pilot offering, with full initiative (more coaches and coaching opportunities) launching 1 October. Application deadline 12 July. Visit our website to learn more and contact pam.fuhrmann@gmail.com to receive an application.

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Circulaire fashion wordt het nieuwe normaal!

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We leven in een tijdperk van 'fast fashion', waarin we vallen van de ene trend in de andere. We dragen een paar keer dat toffe jasje, waarna deze onderin de kast verdwijnt of zelfs wordt weggegooid. Monique Drent pakt deze symbolische 'klerezooi' aan met The Swapshop. In deze winkel lever je jouw kleding in, en kun je met je verdiende punten of 'swaps' weer een tweedehands outfit scoren!

Ik de Swapshop kun je jouw kleding inleveren en hier krijg je punten voor. In de winkel kun je met deze zogeheten ‘swaps’ en een klein bedrag aan servicekosten een ‘nieuwe’ tweedehands outfit scoren.

‘Je draagt bij aan het verkleinen van de afvalberg, je verlengt de levensduur en je hoeft minder te produceren. Het is win-win-win!'

Lees in ons interview met Monique wat zij doet voor een duurzaam Amsterdam en welke mooie samenwerkingen zij opzoekt!💚

Note van ASC: Wil je nog net iets meer weten? Laat het weten in de comments.

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Demoday: Circular & Digital innovations

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In our program of Tuesday July 6th Circular will meet Digital. Demodays are part of our innovation process and intended to boost the progress of the various innovation projects. Always in a variety of ways and in a very positive and open vibe. Invitations are sent but we're always open to adding a few new names to the list.

We host these days every 8-10 weeks. During Demodays, community members pitch projects & ask for input, and in small groups we work on concrete questions that our partners put on the table.

Pitches to explore:

• Can we unify powerful, complex tech with a democratic society? – KNVI
Subsidy opportunities for innovation partners – City of Amsterdam
• Building bridges that stimulate bike use – Pontiflex
• How to take circularity and energy into account when it comes to data storage – A’dam Economic Board

Workshops:

Circular ICT - AMS Institute & Gemeente Amsterdam
De production, purchase and use of ICT equipment happens mostly in a well known linear model. But what if we could let the end user manage their hardware in a circular way? Together we'll identify what’s needed to come up with the ideal monitor for sustainable ICT.

Materials Passport – Provincie Noord-Holland
A materials passport could truly speed up circular construction. It gives insights on what’s deconstructed when demolition is taking place and reused in new designs. The different experiences with the Cruquiusbrug and the Bruggencampus Flevoland-Floriade will serve as examples to pinpoint challenges and opportunities.

Responsible IT en data – Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Building a responsible IT System isn’t done overnight. There’re equipment choices, energy use, privacy and security. Not all aspects get the same attention which has consequences for the transparency and accessibility. We'll work with the question: How can you truly built a responsible IT system?

Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments!

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Learn more about the Circular Innovation Competition with Unilever, Intel and Dow.

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The Circular Innovation Competition is the place for innovators to tackle the circular economy challenges of HP Indigo, Intel, Unilever, Toyota and many more. The competition is created to collaboratively push the boundaries of what is possible and stimulate the transition to a circular economy in Israel and beyond. We are now looking for individuals who want to go on this journey with us.

The challenges
In the past months, we have worked to carefully identify and formulate over 25 circular economy challenges of 13 challenge providers. The solutions for those challenges require innovation and collective effort, therefore, we are offering all innovators the chance to think along and submit solutions to actively shape our future together.

Challenges can be submitted until August 31st, 2021. The three winning solutions will win up to 2500 euro.

Next up: talks with challenge providers
Can you help Unilever find a solution for its challenge on products as a service? Do you have what it takes to tackle Intel’s challenge on expired material? Can you help Dow with a solution to turn mixed plastic waste back into reusable circular feedstock?

Register and join us on the 29th of June and learn all you need to know to tackle the challenges of Intel, Dow and Unilever.

Note from ASC: Have a question for Camille? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Gezocht: Deelnemers voor marktconsultatie circulaire maakindustrie

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Ik ben op zoek naar bedrijven die koplopers zijn op het gebied van circulaire textiel, mode en meubels, die willen deelnemen aan één of meerdere Zoom sessies over de kansen en obstakels die in jullie werkplaatsen of bedrijven spelen. Het doel is om lesprogramma’s voor het beroepsonderwijs beter in te richten op een circulaire toekomst.

Sessie 3 – 29 juni – 10.00-11.30u (textiel)
Sessie 4 – 30 juni – 16.00-17.30u (meubels)
Sessie 5 – 1 juli – 13.00-14.00u (meubels)
Sessie 6 – 6 juli – 10.00-11.30u (meubels)
Sessie 7 – 7 juli – 16.00-17.30u (textiel/meubels)
Sessie 8 – 8 juli – 13.00-14.30u (textiel/meubels)

Note van ASC: Nog input of tips voor Lisa? Laat ze achter in de comments.

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Seenons wint de Circular Innovation Award 

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Seenons heeft een duidelijke missie: mensen samenbrengen voor een wereld zonder restafval. Hoe ze dat doen? Ze hebben een platform ontwikkeld waar restafvalstromen van bedrijven aan circulaire verwerkers worden gekoppeld en vervolgens worden omgezet om tot nieuwe producten. Deze missie is nu beloond met een internationale prijs: The Circular Innovation Award!

Na meerdere rondes was het tijd voor een laatste pitch door een van de founders van Seenons, Joost Kamermans. Een paar highlights van de pitch waren:

  • Seenons matcht jouw overbodige grondstoffen aan producenten die hier iets moois van kunnen maken
  • We faciliteren fijnmazige inzameling door samen te werken met verschillende logistieke partijen
  • We werken samen met zoveel mogelijk lokale verwerkers die hier nuttige producten van maken
  • In het meest ideale geval kopen de ontdoeners deze circulaire producten weer terug, zodat de cirkel rond is
  • Daarnaast maken we dit gehele proces steeds transparanter
  • Zijn nu primair in de randstad actief, maar zullen snel gaan uitbreiden in Nederland en daarbuiten

Terwijl wij groeien neemt de afvalberg af

In de afgelopen maanden zijn we uitgebreid naar meerdere steden. De fijnmazige inzameling in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag en Eindhoven is operationeel. De software is een stuk verder ontwikkeld; met enkele klikken zijn bedrijven van hun restafval af. Het aantal partners op het gebied van inzameling en verwerking stijgt hard....en we hebben recent een investering opgehaald om onze technologie verder te ontwikkelen en meer circulaire reststromen te onderzoeken.

Op zoek naar ondernemingsverenigingen en gemeenten

We willen alle bedrijven die afval produceren bereiken. Mochten ze lid zijn van een ondernemersvereniging, dan is dat helemaal super. Zo kunnen we samen meer bereiken. Maar iedereen is welkom.. Op dit moment focussen wij ons - naast de traditionele reststromen - op de randstedelijke gebieden voor de stromen koffiedrab en sinaasappelschillen. Daarvoor komen wij ook graag met gemeenten in contact om gezamenlijk de inzameling op te pakken.

Restafval wordt zeep of orangecello

We vinden al onze circulaire verwerkers waste heroes, dus we hebben geen favoriet product. Al is Kusala wel een fantastisch voorbeeld van een verwerker die ‘over-de-datum’ olijfolie verwerkt tot mooie zepen. En Dik&Schil wordt veelvuldig gebruikt op de vrijdagmiddagborrel bij Seenons op kantoor.

De prijs is erkenning van onze visie over hoe je de wereld restafvalvrij kunt krijgen en dat we daarmee in stedelijk gebied ook nog een logistiek probleem oplossen. Ook biedt het ons de mogelijkheid om versneld op te schalen buiten Nederland. We kunnen samen met partijen al gaan kijken naar oplossingen en mogelijkheden. Alleen samen bereiken wij een wereld zonder restafvalvrij en daar hebben we iedereen hard bij nodig!
Lees meer over de projecten van Seenons.

Note van ASC: Heb je input of tips voor voor Seenons? Laat ze achter in de comments.

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Gezonde stad: slim, samen en in samenhang

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Een gezonde stad is vitaal, veerkrachtig en toekomstbestendig – zowel maatschappelijk als economisch. Maar vanzelf gaat het niet. De druk op de stad is groot en de situatie is urgent, want er moet veel en liefst tegelijk: meer woningen, minder lawaai, schonere lucht, minder hittestress, een lager energiegebruik. Dit lukt alleen als we het slim, samen en in samenhang doen.

En er is goed nieuws: al die transities scheppen niet alleen verplichtingen, maar ook geweldige mogelijkheden. Zo biedt data science kansen om tot goede plannen en oplossingen te komen, om deze te visualiseren en communiceren én om participatie en besluitvorming te organiseren. In bijgaand artikel uit Binnenlands Bestuur geeft mijn collega Jan de Wit een overzicht van kansen.

Meer info: Gezonde stad: slim, samen en in samenhang

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AMS Institute - Urban Living Lab Summer school

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Build your knowledge & skills on the Living Lab approach during the online AMS Summer School 2021.

You will learn to understand what a Living Lab is and when it can be of value to start one. You’ll also gain hands-on knowledge on what is needed to have a successful start, and how to deal with issues such as stakeholder involvement and citizen empowerment.

The Summer school will challenge you to work with a new mindset, build a new network of professionals and academia. It gives you the opportunity to be a part of the next steps towards the future of one of Amsterdam’s key projects.

During the Summer school, we will help you solve the real-world challenge you bring with your team.

What can you expect?
During the week you will work in a team of 5 participants on a pre-defined real-life case. The Urban Living Lab Summer School consists of lectures, online co-working sessions, trainings, and real-world interventions. It will tap into theoretical frameworks of Living Lab methodology, process tools to help deliver a plan of approach and deploy teamwork on a real-life case. It will focus on your own learning goals for reinventing cities of tomorrow. The mix of participants - academic researchers, public professionals, and company innovation managers, with at least 5 years of experience - generates new insights and perspectives on the challenges by co-creating solutions together.

Cases we'll work on

• Case 1 – Circularity at IJburg 2
• Case 2a – Mobility hubs: area-oriented approach ‘Jordaan’ & ‘Westelijke Grachtengordel’ Amsterdam
• Case 2b - Exploration of mobility hub development at ‘Appeltjesmarkt/Europarking’ location, Amsterdam

During the week
In the week of 16 August you can expect a full-time online program running from Monday to Friday from 9:00-17:00. We expect you to be present to get the most out of it, also be there for your team. Every day you will attend inspirational lectures, participate in workshops, get personal coaching and work with your group on your case. All classes, materials and discussions will be in English.

Pricing
PhD student: € 500
Senior researcher € 900
Professional € 2000

The application deadline is July 16, so make sure to apply on time.

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Audrie van Veen, International Strategic Advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Regional Green Deals presented at EU 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge and EU Blueprint for Local Green Deals published

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The Regional Green Deals of the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam were presented by Frank Weerwind, Mayor of Almere at the Mayor’s Summit of the 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge. Together with the Amsterdam Economic Board and Amsterdam Smart City, the Metropolitan Regio Amsterdam acts as a mentor region for the 100 European cities who participate in the challenge to work together on their ambitions for the digital and green transition.

For cities that want to work with their stakeholders on ambitious green deals the European Commission now published a practical guide titled Local Green Deals, A Blueprint for Action.

Find the speech by Mayor Weerwind below

22 June 2022

Honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure and honor to me to be invited to the Mayors’ Summit of the 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge,  and I am very excited to share with you some of my thoughts on the green and digital – or  twin – transition in the cities and regions of Europe. I also would like to express my gratitude to the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions for organizing this event on Green Deals and for launching the 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge. By doing this, you recognize the power of cities in the twin transition, you see the need for support for cities to make this transition happen and by this programme, you facilitate the network that cities can create.

My own city is Almere, a new town near Amsterdam and just 45 years old: it was created from scratch on reclaimed land from the sea, and is now a vibrant city with over 215.000 inhabitants. It is a city without ancient history and traditions, but a young city with a strong pioneering spirit, where there is space to experiment and to test innovative solutions in living labs. Our living lab approach has resulted in various circular and sustainable energy innovations in the city, for example: a smart thermal grid for the new Hortus neighborhood. The living lab approach has also led to the choice for Almere as the location for the World Expo on Horticulture in 2022, the Floriade, which will showcase innovations on greening, feeding, healthying and energizing cities, under the umbrella off Growing Green Cities.  The twin transition is evidently a core aspect in this event. I will take this opportunity to invite you all to visit the expo next year in Almere.

But this morning I represent not only Almere but the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam, a region consisting of 32 municipalities and two provinces. An economically strong region in Europe with a high quality of life, an international hub with a huge amount of talent, knowledge, innovation and businesses. The Metropolitan Region Amsterdam is one of the so-called mentors in this programme, because we believe in sharing our vision with other cities in terms of knowledge and innovation, but, please, let me assure you that our ‘success’ story has been established, due to knowledge and innovation coming from the cooperation between cities. My aim for now is to continue the dialogue with you on the issues that we are sharing together.

As many of your regions, our region, with an economy highly defined by tourism and services industries, was hit hard by COVID-19. Therefore, we decided at an early stage to investigate, together with knowledge institutions and the business sector, how we could aim for green recovery. We felt more was needed, besides the required regional energy strategies, investing in our energy backbones, which nowadays also include a hydrogen-infrastructure, and ongoing European energy transition projects such as Atelier. We asked the Amsterdam Economic Board to organise this investigation, since they act independently and aim for connecting the companies, research and education institutes and governments in our region. Facing such an unprecedented crisis, we did not want to do this as governments alone, but together with all relevant stakeholders. And, my fellow Mayors, that is a lesson I want to share with you: don’t do it alone.

Based on interactive stakeholder sessions and scenario-planning, we started a trajectory towards green recovery, resulting so far in 3 Regional Green Deals and with these deals, extra focus on skills for sustainable jobs. The Green Deals are: making the textile value chain circular, developing the region as a innovative bicycle hotspot and -for the Netherlands this is really innovative- increase the amount of new-build houses in timber to 20% of the total of new residential building activity.

As a result of those Local Green Deals, we invest faster and more effectively in the economy of today and tomorrow. The aim is to anticipate on changing jobs and the necessary skills, to fill existing and future vacancies and to achieve greater well-being and prosperity in the long term. And that is what we wish for the whole of the European Union.

To conclude, I would like to compliment you with your efforts in the 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge. And please feel free to take a closer look into the work of the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam and to learn, copy the elements that would benefit you, but also to bring your knowledge to us, for example via our online platform Amsterdam Smart City. That way, together we advance in the European twin transition. And move forward to the digital, inclusive and sustainable future of our cities.

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Workshop - Fieldlab: Cities of Things 

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The workshop “Cities of Things Amsterdam-Munich” is part of the Creative Embassy AMS-MUC program and kicks off a field lab that focuses on this new paradigm of the smart city: the Cities of Things. It introduces the research theme and invites you to explore possible collaborations in field lab projects.

When: Thursday July 8
What time: 10.00 – 12.00
Where: online

We invite companies to participate that are interested in or already are working on solutions for the (smart) city, and are interested in the impact of new technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics on our city life and society.

The Creative Embassy program was initiated by Creative Holland and the Team of Excellence for the Culture and Creative Industries of the City of Munich and started in 2015 as a collaboration between the cities of Amsterdam and Munich. This multi-year partnership created opportunities for creative industries in both regions to exchange and work together on urban challenges.

For more information and to sign up send an e-mail to Emma Habers at e.habers@amsterdam.nl.

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24th Circular Economy Lab: Circular Solar Panels

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During this online event, we will identity opportunities to accelerate circularity for solar panels. We will do this together with frontrunners from science, industry, and government.

For solar panels to be sustainable, we need circular solutions addressing their full life cycle. Currently their production causes huge environmental and social impact, while reuse and proper recycling does not occur.

When: Monday 28th of June
What time: 14:00h - 18:00h CEST
Where: Online event live from NEMO

Sign up for the 24th Circular Economy Lab: Circular Solar Panels.

Toward circular solutions for solar panels
Nowadays solar panels are treated as disposables. In the Netherlands, currently about 7 to 8 million new solar panels are installed every year, amounting to over 120.000 ton of valuable materials imported each year. Soon this growth of the solar energy market will result a huge pile of discarded PV modules.

It is about time that we start investing in circular solutions for solar panels. At present, we don’t do much with discarded panels. There is no demand for used PV modules, which either end up in landfills or are downcycled. This way, we will run into trouble, as solar panels are valuable high-tech products. Production of panels costs a lot of energy and causes a lot of CO2 and environmental impact while being associated with forced labor in China. Moreover, Western countries increasingly make themselves dependent on scarce and critical raw materials applied in PV modules.

Starting off a circular PV movement
In collaboration with Amsterdam Economic Board, City of Amsterdam and Alliantie Cirkelregio Utrecht, Utrecht Sustainability Institute and AMS Institute organize the 24th Circular Economy Lab on solar panels.

During the Circular Economy Lab, experts and frontrunners from science, industry, and governments will come together to identify opportunities and hurdles for circular innovations in the solar energy market. The goal is to start a circular movement for solar panels in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. We will address promising market innovations in a circular design, business models, and high-value recycling. In addition, we will discuss the incentive role of governments in policymaking and green public procurement.

Join the panel discussions, learn from the experts and raise the questions that help your organization forward. The Circular Economy Lab will be an online and interactive session, live streamed from NEMO Studio.

This event is in Dutch.

Sign up here for the 24th Circular Economy Lab: Circular Solar Panels

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