The Value of All Things

by: Sander Van Wijk

‘The circular economy’ is a term that is used increasingly in the media, whether it be in the general press or in professional journals and academic publications. This is not surprising: there is a growing realisation that we can – and must – protect our planet. What is more, the Dutch government wants us to be circular by 2050. With that objective in mind, it is supporting dozens of programmes: from encouraging innovative start-ups to helping SMEs to make the circular transition. A good example is the Ruimte in Regels voor Groene Groei programme, in which context the government is working with businesses in a critical assessment of the statutory restrictions that stand in the way of innovation in the circular economy. That makes this economy attractive not only to start-ups or multinationals, but also to SMEs.

SMEs are the engine behind the Dutch economy; this makes them crucial in the transition to a circular economy. A shift towards circularity in this segment can trigger a revolution. But SMEs are highly diverse and each sector is faced with a broad and challenging playing field. In this report, we will first explain what the circular economy entails exactly and what business models are most prevalent. Then we  will explain the field of play in the different sectors and go on to offer practical solutions that will help your business overcome its circularity challenges. This report aims to provide inspiring and useful insights for SMEs.

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