State Secretary Van Veldhoven brings circular front runners to the Netherlands

The Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) is relocating to the Netherlands. On the recommendation of State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management), the global circular leaders will move their headquarters to The Hague before this summer.

This is what Ms Van Veldhoven announced on Thursday at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. The State Secretary thanked the Dutch Social Alliance for its efforts to bring PACE to the Netherlands.

Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy

PACE was founded in 2017 by bodies such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the UN Environment programme. Now boasting more than 40 participating countries, businesses, and international organisations, PACE is working on expediting the circular economy through securing funding, developing policy, and promoting public-private collaboration in fields such as plastics, electronic equipment, and circular procurement.

Economy without waste

The Netherlands aims to go circular by 2050. That is why Ms Van Veldhoven is joining forces with other members of the Dutch Cabinet to achieve an economy without waste. For example, they are committed to circular design (factoring in reuse before products are designed) and to circular procurement (thus reducing CO2 emissions by 1Mton), they have signed the Concrete Agreement (stipulating the use of 5 per cent of recycled material in new concrete, with immediate effect), and they will set down a Plastics Pact to put a stop to, e.g., single-use plastic plates, drinking straws, coffee stirrers, and cotton swabs.