Strengthening regional innovation, collaboration and knowledge exchange on the organic residual flow cycle.
In the field of the circular economy, the City of Amsterdam sees particular opportunities in redesigning the organic residual waste chains in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (MRA). The City is therefore participating in the European RUMORE project (Rural-Urban partnerships MOtivating Regional Economies), which is aimed at strengthening, inspiring and helping out start-up, innovative SMEs in the organic residual flow and agrifood sector.
In RUMORE, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Lombardy, Central Macedonia, Thessaloniki, the Lüneburg region, the Burgas Province (Bulgaria) and the Green Knowledge Port of Twente exchange knowledge and experiences. RUMORE aims to accelerate innovations and urban-rural knowledge exchange, with the intention of helping improve the policy instruments of each of the partners. In the case of Amsterdam, this is the Kansen voor West operational programme: https://www.kansenvoorwest2.nl/nl/
The priorities for Amsterdam are improving the chains of organic residual flows between the city and the surrounding region and reducing the ecological footprint. The emphasis is on research and companies that focus on the valuable use of organic waste streams and the development and marketing of new plant-based protein sources as alternatives to meat. In RUMORE, the City collaborates with knowledge institutes and entrepreneurs from the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in a local stakeholder group. This joining of forces is expected to contribute to a necessary transition to a sustainable, circular food chain.
Members of the local stakeholder group include GRO Holland (produces oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds and makes vegetable, protein-rich products from them), The Dutch Weed Burger (products made from seaweed), GrowX (self-sufficient vertical farm: sprouts, herbs and lettuce, produced in a high-rise building and Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions (conducts research into the optimal reuse of organic waste streams).
The stakeholders introduce themselves here: Stakeholder group RUMORE
(see the pdf below)
More information about the Amsterdam circular programme can be found at www.amsterdam.nl/circulair
More information on the EU RUMORE project and partners can be found at https://www.interregeurope.eu/rumore/
Other EU projects in which the City of Amsterdam takes part: https://www.amsterdam.nl/bestuur-organisatie/organisatie/ruimte-economie/amsterdam-europa/europese-projecten/