The three most northern provinces in the Netherlands – Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland – wanted Metabolic and KNN Advies to devise a plan to move from their current linear economy to a circular economic model. Due to demographic shrinkage and ageing populations, additional employment opportunities in high-tech and green businesses that emerge from the adoption of circular strategies could be a welcome addition to the region’s economy.
Metabolic and KNN Advies identified and then analyzed the most important materials flows in four key economic sectors: chemistry, the building sector, waste processing, and agriculture. These key material and energy flows have been quantified, as well as value losses and environmental impacts in every sector.
Through a large number of interviews and stakeholder workshops with both public and private actors across the three provinces, these challenges have been transformed into opportunities for sustainable business, and a policy roadmap for the region aiming to position the north of the Netherlands as a frontrunner in circular development and innovation.
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