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Program Partner Amsterdam Smart City

Metabolic is a consulting and venture building company that uses systems thinking to tackle global sustainability challenges. We provide strategies and tools, crunch data, create new technologies, build pilots and scale up innovations. We empower people through education and communication and our Foundation helps us reach underserved communities. Our approach develops in response to emerging challenges and is recognized by governments, businesses and non-profits around the world.


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  • Kate Black's picture
  • Hanna Dijkstra's picture
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  • Communication Alliance for a Circular Region (CACR)'s picture
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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Solutions for the nitrogen emissions crisis

The nitrogen emissions crisis has seen as many as 18,000 construction and infrastructure projects stall across the Netherlands, and hundreds of farmers protesting in their tractors. But nitrogen impacts represent one of the greatest threats to our planetary life support systems, with big consequences for biodiversity and climate change.

So, why are nitrogen emissions a problem in the first place? Is the issue primarily related to construction, farming, or something else, and how do we fix this?

Our Industries team lead Pieter van Exter undertook some detailed analysis and outlines potential pathways out of the crisis.

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Analyzing Dordrecht’s waste to build circular business cases as strong as concrete.

The Municipality of Dordrecht, a city in South Holland, tasked Metabolic with undertaking material flow analyses of the construction and manufacturing sectors, in order to identify circular opportunities. The report is publicly available (in Dutch, linked below) and we are proud to share it with you.

We undertook two Material Flow Analyses (MFAs) for Dordrecht’s building and demolition sector, as well as the manufacturing sector. We identified concrete as the biggest opportunity for circular solutions. The business cases have the potential to create 8-30 jobs and reduce CO2 emissions by 22,500 tons per year in the region. The transition towards a circular concrete chain is considered as a good starting point for the further development of a circular economy in Dordrecht. The knowledge and experience gained can then be used to realize other circular opportunities, such as wood, metals and e-waste.

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Going to school on circular solutions

Are you feeling 'climate anxiety'? You are not alone.

Annebel Dommer wrote about her search for ways to reverse her feeling of helplessness. She came across the summer school course on circular cities, offered by Metabolic in collaboration with the Universiteit van Amsterdam. In her blog, Annebel opens up on how the course equipped her with practical and solution-oriented approaches to environmental problems, and embedded her into a class full of motivated students with a sense of climate optimism.

Click through to read her blog and hear her thoughts

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Circular economy solutions for e-waste: headphones as a service

The World Economic Forum estimates that the world generated 50 million tonnes of e-waste in 2018.

One circular economy solution is to develop product-as-a-service models like that adopted by Dutch headphones startup Gerrard Street. Customers pay a monthly fee, and in return have access to modular headphones that use no glue and are easy to disassemble.

We interviewed co-founder Dorus Galama about the challenges and advantages of circular economy solutions for e-waste. One key insight: "in direct sales, sustainability doesn’t work too much."

Read the full story!

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Measuring the Circular Economy

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Part of the transition to a circular economy is measuring how circular our current economy really is. Metabolic fascilitated a workshop with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL), which brought government ministries and municipalities to the table, to discuss how best to measure the circular economy in the Netherlands. Intra-governmental cooperation is crucial to measuring the different levels of the circular economy across cities and regions. Check out the report! (in Dutch)

And read more about our work here:

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Kate Black, Communications Director at Metabolic, posted

New geo-design tool can help Amsterdam turn waste into value

TU Delft, AMS Institute, and Metabolic are working with an international consortium of parties to develop an interactive online application that maps resource flows in peri-urban Amsterdam – one of six living laboratories for the REPAiR project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

The tool equips city planners and urban designers with an interactive map of waste streams and shows how they could be usefully redirected, identifying the significant opportunities in peri-urban areas where the city and the countryside meet.

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Kate Black, Communications Director at Metabolic, posted

Urban Mining and Circular Construction: What, Why, and How it Works

How can we continue to build while minimising negative impacts on the environment? The answer lies in urban mining and circular construction – but what is it and how does it help cities and developers?

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Metabolic Cities Program

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Given their immense ecological footprint and impact on human wellbeing, it is critical that cities make the transition to become sustainable and circular. Yet accessing the right resources and crafting the right policy isn’t easy. The Metabolic Cities Program is here to help.

For more information, read about the program here or look at the full Metabolic Cities Program brochure.

Get in touch by emailing <a></a> or call +31 (0) 203690977

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