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Netherlands aim for lead in the circular economy
by Tim Willmott : Be the first to leave a comment
Netherlands President of Council of EU in 2015
As part of its desire to make the circular economy a centrepiece of its presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2016, the Netherlands has started a project to make the Netherlands a “circular hotspot”.
The Circular Hotspot will start a number of projects to demonstrate the opportunities and create a network that would have an overall influence on Dutch policy to encourage the take-up of circular economy principles under the Realisation of Acceleration of a Circular Economy (RACE) programme, which is overseen by Circle Economy (a cooperative with members including companies, researchers and public bodies) and is backed by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte.
RACE has a series of work packages to:
- Define and stimulate circular design;
- Stimulate high-quality reuse of products;
- Analyse the barriers to the circular economy;
- Create a portfolio of circular projects that will serve as examples;
- Raise public awareness about the circular economy;
- Involve young people in the transition to a circular economy.
The Netherlands as a circular hotspot
Moreover, the Dutch feel a great sense of urgency, as they are dependent on other countries for raw materials and, therefore, have a strong interest in an effective and fair worldwide distribution of materials.
We look forward to hearing about the new projects in the coming months.
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