Sharing innovation in the Amsterdam region

The Circular EXPO opened its doors on 1 April 2016. This converted farmhouse in Hoofddorp is a place where innovations in the field of the circular economy are created and shared. It will be used for conferences, meetings, workshops, and other events. Examples include an Innovation Expo on 14 April, and an international trade mission from 13-15 April. The EXPO site was officially opened by Sharon Dijksma, the State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment.

The Netherlands as a circular hotspot

The circular economy is the name for an economy that produces no waste or pollution, with a focus on shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy. And the Circular EXPO, an initiative of The Netherlands Circular Hotspot campaign, shows visitors the various circular-economy innovations that are being created and implemented in the Netherlands, with the aim of accelerating the transition to this new economy. The goal is also to help position the Netherlands as a hotspot in this emerging field.

Circular organisations and activities will be brought together in one physical location, where best practices display the scalable ideas and techniques being developed in the Netherlands. The Circular EXPO will function as the meeting point for the circular economy, and is a major part of the Netherlands Circular Hotspot campaign. Exhibitors at the expo include the City of Amsterdam, Rabobank, Philips, Eneco, the Schiphol Group, and the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer.

The expo will address key themes such as agriculture, chemistry, infrastructure, buildings, recycling, energy, and water. Exhibitions will take place inside as well as outside, and will focus on innovations that will pave the way to the transition towards a circular economy.