We would like to thank you for attending the Veolia Seminar “Circular Economy...Closing the loop in the Netherlands” which was held at The Royal Tropical Institute on May 23rd, 2018.
We would also like to thank INBA Board member Hildagarde McCarville, CEO of Veolia Nederland and The French Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to be involved with this wonderful event. We would also like to thank all of the guest speakers and Tieneke Breemhaar COO of Nudge who brought content and expertise to the discussion.
The seminar was an immense success as you were more than 130 participants!
To go further:
• Veolia and Nudge have put together a few slides for you, gathering:
◦ Key points from the discussion
◦ your “describe CE in one-word” visualized
◦ Overview of the speakers
◦ Contact details of Veolia expert in the area of Circular Economy if you wish to find out more, ask more questions
• Please visit the photo gallery to view some of our favorite pictures from this event.
Highlights of the event:
Divided into 2 parts with lots of interaction between the speakers and the audience, the format allowed for a very open, free and constructive discussion.
During the first session, we focused on four companies which have adopted a circular approach into their business model. Our guests speakers were:
- Paul Kennedy from Danone
- Eelco Smit from Philips International
- Tom Hermans from Emma Safety Footwear
- Joris Voeten from Permavoid
Each of them shared examples of applied Circular Economy behaviors. While the initial triggers for such behaviors were often external and financial constraints, such changes quickly fostered innovation and opened the door to a new approach to productivity and profitability. An approach that requires support from management and involvement of all of us along each step of the process.
During the second session, speakers from organisations that support the Circular Economy through finance, education or change management took the stage. For this part, we had the pleasure to listen to:
- Frans Beckers from FBBASIC
- Rene van Bremen from Polymer Science Park
- Cees de Mol van Otterloo from Afvalfonds Verpakkingen
- Joost van Dun from ING Sustainable Finance
They explained how sectors which were traditionally seen as imposing their rules and methods, are now adjusting to embrace the specificities of a market where yesterday’s solutions cannot be sustained and where expectations from companies, individuals and institutions are changing. With a real interest in developing partnership, across sectors and skillsets to allow Circular Economy initiatives to take shape.
We were delighted to play a part in such a successful event, be sure to stay in touch with us about forthcoming events, as well as The French Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands for their future event.