Policy matters


How smart policy innovation is transforming economic thinking and inspiring urban renewal and green building projects. The circular economy offers solutions to some of the greatest societal challenges, from tackling carbon emissions, climate change and unsustainable building practices to meeting...
Manifesto maps out Europe's future bioeconomy
A high-level conference held in Utrecht, the Netherlands in mid-April, under the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, has published a manifesto that sets out a roadmap for the development of the bioeconomy in the EU. The manifesto defines the bioeconomy as: “those parts of the...
Netherlands pulls ahead in circular economy race
The Netherlands is gearing up to make the circular economy a centrepiece of its presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2016. As part of the preparations, a project to make the Netherlands a “circular hotspot” started in September 2014. The project has its roots...
Diverging paths
Denmark and the Netherlands take different approaches to eco-innovation, but pursue similar goals. Denmark and the Netherlands have much in common. By reputation they are socially liberal and quick to adopt new ideas. Both have histories of pushing for greater equality and promoting ecological...
Dutch sign agreement on building energy efficiency
The Netherlands Government signed an agreement on 22 April 2008 with representatives of its national construction industry to halve the energy consumption of new buildings in the country by 2015. This agreement is the second in a series of efficiency accords the Netherlands government has...