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Circular Economy

Circular knowledge networks and platforms

Frontrunning knowledge network and platforms accelerate the circular economy by sharing relevant information, draw attention to innovative case studies and facilitate collaboration. These frontrunning networks and platforms lead the way.

Nederland Circulair! (The Netherlands)

The program Nederland Circulair! (‘Netherlands Circular!’) stimulates people and organizations to engage in circular activities, and to produce, consume, finance and organize more innovatively. Nederland Circulair! facilitates the online community CirculairOndernemen.nl, organizes practical activities, and offers useful tools. Nederland Circulair! is supported by the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and executed by MVO Nederland, Circle Economy, De Groene Zaak, ClickNL Design, Het Groene Brein, Sustainable Finance Lab and RVO.nl.

More info on the website of Nederland Circulair!.

Centre of sustainability

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability is a multidisciplinary Research and Education centre in which three Dutch Universities join forces: Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam.  Within our centre, we work together with scientists (from students to professors) and public and private organisations to formulate societal challenges and to develop science based and innovative solutions for the transition towards a circular economy.

Meer info on the website of the Centre of Sustainability.

Circle Lab

Circle Lab is an online platform for cities, businesses, and citizens to explore, brainstorm, and implement circular business models and strategies to tackle universal and local challenges. By digitising knowledge, opening up access, and encouraging co-creation, we aim to break down information silos and fuel cross-industry collaboration and innovation.

More info on the Circle Lab website.

CE100 by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (international)

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiated a network, aiming to exchange knowledge on circular economy issues among the members of the network. Members are mainly corporates, regions and governments.

More info on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website.

Plan C (Belgium)

The Belgian network Plan C has developed a business model innovation grid, in which best-practices of circular economy business cases are shown.

Plan C, 2013


SuMMa (Belgium)

The Belgian SuMMa is the supportive network for sustainable material management, researching the role of policy in a transition to sustainable material management. Its mission is summarized in three points:

  1. Providing scientific insights in policy challenges for sustainable material management;
  2. Support stakeholders like the Flemish government, companies and industry from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  3. Building bridges between stakeholders to stimulate knowledge exchange and to initiate co-operation.

More info on the Steunpunt SuMMa website.

REbus (The Netherlands/UK)

Rijkswaterstaat (national infrastructure organisation, The Netherlands) & WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Program, UK) work together in REBus, demonstrating over 30 projects on circular economy.

More info on the REBus website.

Further reading

Read more about frontrunners in the circular economy.