Mansveld: Biokerosene Agreement, Chain Agreement on Recycling Plastic and Green Deals

State Secretary Mansveld (Infrastructure and the Environment) is focusing her efforts on sustainable fuel for aeroplanes. Together with Minister Kamp, the CEOs of KLM, Schiphol Airport and a number of other companies, she has signed a declaration of intent focused on the large-scale use of sustainable biokerosene. The Chain Agreement on Recycling Plastic was also signed on Tuesday, 12 November with more than 60 other parties. In it agreements have been recorded on the radical reduction of plastic waste. During the 5th Innovation Relay held on Tuesday, 12 November, top researchers and the most innovative entrepreneurs in the Netherlands came together to tackle current social problems.  Ms Mansveld called the Relay a success because knowledge and skills will take us all to full sustainability in the Netherlands.

Biokerosene Agreement

It is unique for the sector and the economy that market parties and government have jointly signed the declaration of intent ‘Bioport for jet fuels in the Netherlands’. It has been shown in recent years that planes can fly safely and sustainably on biokerosene. It is now time to take the next step: to join forces to scale up the production, supply and use of sustainable biokerosene. The aviation industry is growing, which means that CO2 emissions are increasing as well.

‘I see the large-scale use of sustainable biokerosene as an enormous breakthrough that is necessary to preserve the aviation industry. By creating a new export market, the Netherlands can develop into the ‘Bioport’ of Europe,’ says State Secretary Wilma Mansveld.

Together with Minister Kamp (Economic Affairs) and Messrs Eurlings (KLM), Nijhuis (Schiphol Group), Kronemeijer (SkyNRG), Leenders (Neste Oil) and Smits (Port of Rotterdam), she has signed the declaration of intent. By using biokerosene, the emissions of CO2 can be reduced by 80%. This will be good for both the climate and the economy. The Netherlands is taking the lead in this field. Another significant benefit to be had from the use of sustainable biokerosene is that it will make the Netherlands less dependent on increasingly scarce, polluting fossil fuels.

Chain Agreement on Recycling Plastic

Agreement has been reached with more than 60 parties to tackle litter and to recycle plastics. According to Ms Mansveld, it is significant that many different parties have signed this agreement: industry, interest groups, the financial sector, port authorities, institutions of knowledge and the government. Litter is a persistent problem on land and at sea.  Plastic waste in the sea presents risks for wildlife and biodiversity. Seabirds, fish and other sea animals often mistake it for food.

‘It is important in such an agreement that we not only tackle the threat posed by this plastic pollution, but also take advantage of new economic opportunities. For example, companies that process plastic waste,’ says Ms Mansveld. They can export this knowledge as well. Dutch companies are now among the largest plastic recyclers in Europe, though the Netherlands recycles only 30% of its plastic waste. All parties are motivated to show concrete results in the next two years: less plastic waste and better recycling. Ms Mansveld: ‘This is not a new discussion group; the parties are joining forces to get down to concrete work. And I love it.’

Signing Green Deals

State Secretary Mansveld and Minister Kamp also signed seven Green Deals together. These Green Deals will boost the transition to a circular economy. An economy in which we use raw materials as efficiently as possible and create as little waste as possible. The Green Deals focus on practical projects. For example, a Green Deal was signed to extract a raw material from the fermentation process of organic waste, which can then be used to manufacture bioplastic. From this, biodegradable rubbish bags can be made for the collection of organic waste.

The Green Deal Groen Bouwen (Green Construction) was also signed. It promotes the use of sustainable building materials. An energy-neutral building is built from 100% sustainable materials. A garden is also being built to grow plants that can be used as building material. Another Green Deal is the Fair Meter, which measures the energy consumption in people’s homes. This meter is produced from ‘safe’ raw materials (produced without damaging humans or wildlife) and from as many recycled materials as possible.