Circular Week 2019
The circular economy is an important topic gaining more and more supporters and offering a broad area for development in coming years. The Embassy has been involved in bringing Dutch expertise and sharing experiences in this field and therefore we supported the Polish Circular Hotspot and got involved for the second time in Circular Week.
In the week of 7-13 October 2019, events dedicated to Circularity took place not only in Poland but also in other countries, such as France, UK, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Embassy focused on rather new area of circularity and introduced to the agenda the topic of Circular Agriculture during a conference and workshops with the experts from the Netherlands and Poland.
Another events which we supported were the workshops for students of the Warsaw University of Technology on Circular Design which took place on 9-11 October and were led by Menno Rubbens from the Dutch architectural studio CEPEZED. The goal of the workshops was to become familiar with the basics of circular design of the cities and facilities. The students could work on concrete, real examples from the city of Warsaw and propose solutions at both urban and architectural level as the final result of the workshops.
The participation of the Dutch experts was also visible at the main event of the circular week, which was the Mazovia Circular Congress on October 11 in Warsaw. The Congress was an opportunity to focus on the challenges that the global economy faces and to present unique solutions, new technologies, social changes, development of cities and changes in traditional business models. The Congress began with a panel discussion of the Embassies where the Ambassador, Daphne Bergsma, together with the Ambassador of Finland, the Ambassador of Sweden and the Commercial Counselor at the Swiss Embassy. All diplomats offered help and shared solutions that work well in their countries.
A strong group of Dutch experts took active part as speakers and workshop leaders of the congress:
- Jasper Dalhuisen from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality presented the process of transition of Dutch agriculture in a circular direction.
- Jaimy Nijnens, circular economy consultant at YSE presented a roadmap for circular business models. He gave concrete examples from working on projects at companies like Philips, C-Bèta, Schiphol and ECOR.
- Kim Tjoa, founder of the FLOOW2, the business-to-business sharing marketplace that enables companies to share underutilized assets, waste, resource streams, services, facilities and personnel, put a great emphasis on the fact that the ideal solution for companies is to share fixed assets with each other instead of acquiring them.
- Nico Schouten, a sustainability consultant at Metabolic led the workshop devoted to Circular Cities together with Innovo Institute.
- Mathijs Koper from the World Startup Factory, one of the Europe’s most active early-stage impact investors, shared his passion for innovation and new business development for positive change at the workshops for start-ups.
- Pieter van Os from Circo gave a workshop during which participants could learn how to create a business based on circular design. Circo has supported over 450 Dutch companies in developing a circular business proposition applying tailored circular design methodology.
Video impression from the Mazovia Circular Congress
Circular Week 2019 Poland - summary in English