Circular Zuid-Holland Challenge launched




The Zuid-Holland provincial executive teamed up with environmental federation Natuur- en Milieufederatie Zuid-Holland and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability to set up the Circular Zuid-Holland Challenge. The aim of the challenge is to pool as many ideas as possible for a green future and economic growth.

The Zuid-Holland provincial executive teamed up with environmental federation Natuur- en Milieufederatie Zuid-Holland and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability to set up the Circular Zuid-Holland Challenge. The aim of the challenge is to pool as many ideas as possible for a green future and economic growth. Anyone with a good idea can enter for the Circular Challenge.

An initial selection of eight initiatives will have the chance to present their ideas at the Festival of the Future on 10 November. The most promising of these will contribute to the province's plans for the future. Competing student teams will be offered help with implementing their ideas, and winners will be awarded good prizes.

A province without waste

We in Zuid-Holland face an enormous challenge. In the country's most densely populated province we aim to continue providing scope for developments in farming, business activity and transport. And we want, furthermore, to make Zuid-Holland the most attractive region in the Netherlands for living and leisure. Over and above all that we aim to make our province completely energy-neutral by the year 2050, with zero waste or hazardous emissions and using only sustainable energy. We can only achieve that if we have economic growth going hand in hand with sustainable energy provision, recycling of commodities and commitment to a clean environment.

The more concrete the better

The Circular Zuid-Holland Challenge initiators aim to gather the greatest possible number of ideas for a green future and economic growth. We call that a 'circular economy' in which all products and commodities are recycled, thus creating zero waste. The province uses the term ‘green growth: promoting growing prosperity with zero harm to the environment. Competing ideas may relate to new policies or forms of collaboration, but also to actual products or services. And the more concrete the idea, the better.