Business Delegation Tour: The Circular Economy in Action
September 9, 2019
Welcome, Overview and Opening Remarks
Breakfast is provided.
Bus to Park 2020
Tour of Park 2020
Park 2020 is the world’s first full-service Cradle to Cradle®- optimized working environment aiming to be fully circular by 2020. The Park focuses on human well-being and combines sustainability and the most advanced ecological designs with a groundbreaking business approach, resulting in an inspiring, healthy and productive working environment. Coert Zachariasse, CEO of the Delta Development Group who developed the Park, will welcome attendees before introducing Park highlights such as tenant Bosch’s “living wall,” Sony’s sound garden, shared greenhouses, and more.
Bus to C-Creators
Lunch Program: Rabobank and C-Creators
Rabobank is a leading Dutch financial institution that co-launched the first international circular economy financing standards at the 2018 United Nations High Level Political Forum in New York City. Rabobank is a founding member of the Equator Principles and Green Bond Principles, globally recognized standards for sustainable finance in Project Finance and Capital Markets.
C-Creators Foundation was established in 2018 by Rabobank and Schiphol Groep with the support of the city of Haarlemmermeer and Amsterdam. C-Creators’ goal is to promote and encourage circular economy of businesses within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The Foundation actively provides platforms to share ideas, develop multi-year innovation programs, and create financial incentives for businesses to create circular economy initiatives. By making circular economy the “new normal”, the C-Creators Foundation strives to create an economy with a restorative and positive impact for all.
Bus to Waternet
Tour of Waternet
Waternet is a wastewater treatment that generates energy and new products out of the waste including fertilizer, biogas, and cellulose harvesting with positive economic returns. This visit will include a tour of the water reclamation facility and Waternet’s “floating office” on the west side of Amsterdam. Attendees will learn how Waternet’s circular activities support its core business and explore the potential for similar such approaches in their own production processes.
Bus to Port of Amsterdam
Port of Amsterdam Presentation: Chaincraft and SHIFT Invest
Port of Amsterdam is a premier circular economy incubator that provides tools, resources and a platform to entrepreneurs who are passionate about transforming society and resource use. This tour will focus specifically on one of the on-site innovations, Chaincraft, which develops mixed culture fermentation technologies to produce sustainable, bio-based building blocks for the chemical, food and feed industries. Attendees will engage in a discussion on financing sustainable and high growth innovations led by SHIFT Invest, a venture capital fund that invests in innovations that create environmental and/or health impact alongside financial return.
Bus to Networking Reception
September 10, 2019
Breakfast and Bus Pickup
Schiphol Airport presentation
Bus to Fairphone
Tour of Fairphone
Fairphone is the first ethical, modular smartphone with a commitment to long-lasting design, fair materials, good working conditions and full reuse and recyclability throughout its life cycle. Attendees will engage in a workshop of Fairphone’s refurbishment process, learning through hands-on activities about its seven-part modular design that encompasses several circular business models in one product, and discussing the complexities and solutions specific to e-waste and electronics recycling.
Bus to ING
Lunch Program: Circle-Economy and ING
Circle-Economy is an Amsterdam-based social enterprise that provides resources, action-focused programs, and research reports to accelerate the transition to circularity. Participants will engage in a presentation and discussion with Circle-Economy and ING, a Dutch financial institution with ambitions to drive the worldwide circular economy transition through deals, thought leadership, ecosystem collaboration, operations, and innovation. The discussion will focus on the mechanics of circular business transformations, such as how to set up and prepare your business for investors (i.e. working within your supply chain, de-risking the investment profile, and creating new markets for reused materials).
Bus to DSM Niaga
Tour of DSM Niaga
DSM Niaga’s design philosophy is to manufacture fully recyclable products with minimal materials and energy. Through this philosophy, DSM Niaga creates carpet with health and environmental benefits that retains its value as it is recycled over and over. Attendees will tour the Niaga facility and meet with company leadership to understand their sustainable approach to carpet manufacturing and the potential applicability to other products and services.
Bus to Upcycle Center
Tour of Upcycle Center
Upcycle is a green city innovation incubator, center for circular businesses, and site of the 2022 World Expo. This tour will explore the optimal reuse of raw materials and feature Upcycle Center’s city-wide approach toward becoming zero waste & energy neutral.