National Circular Economy Programme 2023-2030

In 2016, the Netherlands was one of the first countries in the world to lay down its ambition for a circular economy in policy, by means of the government-wide programme entitled ‘A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050’. This concerned an agenda-setting programme; it described the dot on the horizon and created awareness in society. The fact that general support for a circular economy increased as a result was reflected by the signature of the National Raw Materials Agreement (in Dutch: Grondstoffenakkoord), among other things. It set out the ambition for 2050. Subsequently, 5 transition agendas were elaborated, for consumer goods, plastics, construction, manufacturing, and biomass & food. In the Circular Economy Implementation Programme 2019-2023 (in Dutch: Uitvoeringsprogramma Circulaire Economie 2019-2023), these transition agendas were translated into concrete actions and projects for the period up to 2023. With the present National Circular Economy Programme 2023-2030 (NPCE), we are building on the solid foundations which have already been laid.