Circular Amsterdam

To help further the circular economy, Amsterdam and several other Dutch cities, government agencies, universities, and companies recently signed a so-called City Deal. By doing so, they are taking the initiative to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The City Deal, signed (Dutch link) on 11 November at the National Circular Economy Summit, is a good way of forming coalitions with cities, with the goal of putting the circular economy into practice.
 
Signatories to the deal will gather experience in different areas. In Amsterdam’s Buiksloterham neighbourhood, for example, plots of land have been earmarked for circular economy buildings, which will be constructed in a sustainable way. Almost two years ago, Amsterdam was the first city in the world to begin researching the opportunities of the circular economy.

City Circle Scan

Amsterdam has also made a major step in the transition to becoming one of the world’s first circular cities in the form of the Amsterdam City Circle Scan. This scan will identify areas in which Amsterdam can make the most significant and tangible progress in realising a circular economy. This is the world’s first City Circle Scan to be done at this scale. The resulting report identifies areas where circular business models can be applied, and highlights strategies to achieve these sustainable solutions.

Dutch circular innovations abroad

The Dutch progress in this field is now making its way to different countries, starting in Eastern Europe. The Holland Circular Hotspot is a platform that will promote Dutch innovations across borders. Examples include Dutch methods of extracting precious metals from discarded electronics, and sustainable yarn that is spun from plastic waste. The initial phase will focus on Eastern Europe, where there is currently less recycling, and where circular innovations can have an even greater impact.

“Holland Circular Hotspot now combines the strengths of businesses, knowledge institutions, and the government to put the Netherlands on the international map as a key junction for the circular economy,” said (Dutch link) the Dutch Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment, Sharon Dijksma. The Dutch government will help the involved parties get international attention for their innovations, for example by organising trade missions.