News: The Netherlands - report on opportunities for a circular economy
This report analyses the opportunities and obstacles that will present themselves as the Netherlands moves towards a more circular economy and presents an action plan that can be taken by the government to accelerate this process.
Thursday, 2nd January 2014
A circular economy is a realistic way to provide an expanding world economy with the raw materials that will be required. A more circular economy envisages increased re-use, repair and recycling of manufactured goods and the utilization of the waste streams generated by modern society. This analysis focuses primarily on the overall Dutch economy, but begins by examining two cases: the circular economy for products from the metal and electrical sectors, and the use of waste streams from biomass. The first case focuses on abiotic materials, and the second on biotic materials, both of which present their own specific challenges and opportunities. This report aims to answer the following questions: What opportunities would present themselves if the Netherlands were to accelerate the transition to a circular economy? How can these opportunities be used, how can obstacles be removed, and what shape should this transition take? What part can the government play in this process? For more details, please go to the external weblink.