The Green Deal approach in the Netherlands is an accessible way for companies, other stakeholder organizations, local and regional government and interest groups to work with Central Government on green growth and social issues. The aim is to remove barriers in order to help sustainable initiatives get off the ground and to accelerate this process where possible. Central Government plays a key role in this area. Initiatives often start from the bottom up, in response to societal dynamics.

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The trade and use of recycled materials should be a significant driver of economic growth as northern European countries move towards more circular economies. However, different national interpretations of waste regulations for the same material and legal ambiguities around the status of reprocessed materials hamper the cross border trade in secondary resources. The aim for the North Sea Resource Roundabout project is for innovative approaches developed between like-minded countries to be adopted more widely first at the regional level and ultimately at the EU level. 

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View the Green Deal animation to learn more about the Dutch Green Deal approach. Push below on the button to start the animation: “The Dutch government wants to create a more country. That’s why the Netherlands has opted for green growth. To preserve wealth for future generations, we have to seize new busines opportunities, and also take into account the growing need for sustainability. …….”

 

 

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Untill now, 193 Green Deals were closed in the Netherlands. Green Deals cover nine themes: energy, bio-based economy, mobility, water, food, biodiversity, resources, construction and climate. A few examples of Green Deals are available in English.

Furthermore, the observations by Dr. Ben Tiggelaar, based on sessions with Green Deal-participants are provided here.  These observations are relevant for others involved in or to be involved in Green Deals.

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In the period between 2011 and 2014, 176 Green Deals were closed in the Netherlands, involving a total of 1,090 participants. Green Deals cover nine themes: energy, bio-based economy, mobility, water, food, biodiversity, resources, construction and climate. The strength of the Green Deal scheme is that various themes often come together in a single deal, meaning that one deal can be ascribed to several themes. More information on the Green Deal portfolio is provided in the Infographic.

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