ENVIRONMENT & CIRCULAR ECONOMY

EUROPE 2020 STRATEGY

Resource efficiency means using the Earth’s limited resources in a sustainable manner while minimising impacts on the environment. It allows us to create more with less and to deliver greater value with less input. The resource-efficient Europe agship initiative is part of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU’s growth strategy for a smart, inclusive and sustainable economy. It supports the shift towards sustainable growth via a resource-e cient, low-carbon economyal waste recycling plant for preparing commercial and household wastes as well as alternative fuels.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The Circular Economy is an economic system that takes the recycling of products and raw materials and the pre-servation of natural resources as its point of departure and looks to create value in every link of the chain. A Circular Economy amounts to:

  1. Optimum use of raw and residual substances
  2. No residual waste, no emissions
  3. Sustainable use of resources

FROM WASTE TO RESOURCE

Not only recycling but also the “waste to resource” movement is resulting in a more circular economy, which is part of the Green Growth strategy (Groene Groei) of the current Dutch cabinet. The aim is to strengthen the Netherlands’ competitive position while at the same time releasing the pressure on the environment and dependence on fossil fuels. The cabinet policy which targets green growth has eight pillars, including “Waste to Resource”, in which the Secretary of State for Infrastructure & Environment has taken the lead.

Groningen Seaports has followed these developments closely and has become aware of the market’s need for a network partner which thinks along in terms of opportunities and possibilities. Groningen Seaports wishes to fulfil that role and to facilitate companies in this sector.

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SASKIA KOERS
business manager
recycling & waste management
E-mail: s.koers@groningen-seaports.com
Telefoon: +31 (0)6 206 112 55

NORTH SEA RESOURCES ROUNDABOUT

The “North Sea Resources Roundabout initiative, will allow North Sea countries to work together to align the interpretation & controls on resource related regulations. Greater certainty for businesses about the legal status of (secondary) resources and appropriate shipment regulation will lead to more trade as well as investments in the Circular Economy.

EFFICIENT USE OF RESOURCES:

  • European agreements on quality of resources
  • Abolishment of regulatory barriers and the use of possibilities in existing regulation
  • Involvement of private actors
  • Alternative purchasing policies of governments
  • Efficient logistics: use of harbours
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