In the sustainability and circular economy sector, we mainly find organisations from the public sector which are responsible for achieving the sustainability objectives. Examples include water authorities and drinking water companies, knowledge brokers such as STOWA and RIONED, municipal governments, knowledge institutes and technology suppliers.
Themes of the sustainability and circular economy sector
Bio-based economy and sustainability are core themes in both the Netherlands and Europe. There is an ongoing transition towards a low-carbon economy, in which energy from sustainable sources (solar, wind, biomass) and bio-based resources and products are important factors. This leads to a different mind-set when tackling traditional issues.
For example, wastewater is no longer seen as a problem, but rather as an opportunity to increase our economy’s sustainability through reuse of resources and energy production. Rapid innovative developments in this field can make the water chain an important source of sustainable resources and energy in the next thirty years.
- Efficient use of resources (resource efficiency): reduction, reuse and recovery are key issues. Organisations implement activities to close circles and use scarce resources as efficiently as possible.
- Development of bio-based processes: the corporate sector cooperates with (public) partners to develop processes in order to replace the use of fossil fuels for chemical processes, transport, heat and electricity with alternatives made from biomass (e.g. PLA from cellulose and alginate from purification silt).
- Sustainable energy is becoming increasingly important. Organisations are researching ways to produce and take advantage of renewable energy (windmills on company property and dykes, solar panels, production and use of biogas).
- Strategic cooperation.
The transition to a circular economy calls for new forms of cooperation. Think of, for example, cooperation between public organisations and developers of recycling technology, energy companies, waste management companies and chain partners. This cooperation results in new products, services and technology.
Relevant grant programmes
- TSE programmes, including DEI, TSE Biobased and TSE Renewable Energy
- Horizon 2020
- Provincial programmes
Examples of projects in the delta technology sector
DEI, THI BDD: Alginaat
LIFE, TKI Groen Gas: Ephyra / Themista
LIFE: Omzet Amersfoort