State Secretary Van Veldhoven forges circular coalition during Climate Summit

At the Climate Summit in Katowice, five countries unanimously decided to make the circular economy a permanent agenda item. Under the auspices of Dutch State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management), Argentina, Japan, Norway, and South Africa agreed to place and keep the contribution of an economy without waste high on their agendas.

Ms Van Veldhoven chaired the meeting on “How a global circular economy contributes to the Paris Agreement” in Katowice and opened with a brief address.

A more circular economy will enable European industry alone to reduce its CO2 emissions by no less than 60 per cent.

Permanent position on the international agenda

Ms Van Veldhoven: ‘An economy without waste, i.e., making efficient use of raw materials, is the missing piece of the puzzle: it is essential to achieve our climate goals. This is my message in The Hague and this is my message at the international level. The fact that the circular economy does not yet have a permanent position on the international Climate Agenda is quite remarkable and a missed opportunity.’

Katowice Climate Summit

Katowice (Poland) is currently hosting the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24). The Netherlands is being represented by Prime Minister Rutte, Minister Wiebes (Economic Affairs and Climate Policy), Minister Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation), Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen and State Secretary Van Veldhoven (both of Infrastructure and Water Management), who are attending various days of the COP24 conference which will close on Friday, 14 December.

Dutch goals for the circular economy

The Cabinet has set ambitious goals for the circular economy. The days of manufacturing, using, and subsequently discarding and incinerating things are over. The Netherlands is working hard on realising an economy without waste by 2050, and the continuous reuse of raw materials opens up major opportunities for the Dutch business community.