Zuid-Holland in higher gear towards a circular economy

The Province, the Zuid-Holland business community and the universities will jointly accelerate the switch to a circular economy.

The ACCEZ-programme, or Accelerating Circular Economy Zuid-Holland, is an initiative of the Province of Zuid-Holland and University of Leiden, the Technical University of Delft, the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (collaborating in the strategic alliance LDE), Wageningen University & Research and VNA-NCW West. The programme links businesses willing to work on the circular economy, to scientists. Together, they plan to work on issues regarding bottlenecks and opportunities of the circular economy in a specific field or on a specific subject. For instance, legal obstructions in the use of residual waste to prevent soil subsidence, a very topical issue in the Green Heart. This is how the programme arranges actual access to the circular economy, in which the re-usability of products and raw materials is maximised.

Necessity and opportunity

The Province intends to invest €5 million in the programme over the next 4 years; the universities and the business community will contribute knowledge, know-how and manpower. Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra: “The step to a new economic model is big. It requires innovative entrepreneurship and practical scientific research, and, last but not least, innovative policy. Our very urbanised province with the Rotterdam port, greenports and international and innovative businesses is where we should make that transformation in particular. And this is the province to achieve that in, too, because of the very same industriousness and the knowledge we have due to our universities. That is what we want to bring together with ACCEZ.

Programme in practice

ACCEZ focusses in particular on issues on which various parties, usually businesses and local authorities, have a common problem. Together with the universities, an integral solution is sought, using knowledge from different scientific disciplines. This approach will lead to a solution but will also result in new insights into the circular economy in general.

ACCEZ will be launched on Thursday 5 April in the Maas-silo in Rotterdam. After the official signing of the cooperation agreement and an inspiring story by sustainability expert Anne-Marie Rakhorst, the programme will be put into practice right away. Scientists, entrepreneurs and policymakers will discuss the possibilities to jointly realise a break-through.  Do you have an issue, or idea to accelerate the circular economy? Visit www.accez.nl.