Investing in a circular future
To ensure that our planet remains habitable for future generations, we must actively focus our attention on the transition from a linear to a circular economy. Together, we can develop and adopt a system based around the smart use of resources and materials and the efficient reuse of residual waste streams in closed loops. A system in which we make optimal use of renewable energy sources. A system designed around value retention at every stage of the chain.
The core tenets of the transition towards a circular economy are Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Regenerate. These concepts often lie at the heart of the business models of circular startup and spinoff businesses. Likewise, the five main circular transition agendas of the national government are centered around these concepts: Biomass and Food, Plastics, Manufacturing Industry, Construction, and Consumer Goods.
Innovative technology plays a key role in the realization of our shared transition target. Via the theme of Circular Technology, we therefore support the development and application of promising technology that contributes to this goal. Promising initiatives receive support with e.g. the validation process and identifying market opportunities. Key technologies that fall within the scope of Circular Technology include:
- Optimal use and reuse of resources
- Value creation with residual waste streams
- Green energy
- Biobased chemical building blocks
- Protein transition
- Bio-cascading biomolecules
- Regenerative agriculture/circular greenhouses
- Climate-neutral construction
- Advanced materials
- New forms of consumption and production