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Implementation Plan Circular Economy 2020-2023

  • Published on January 13, 2021
The Dutch policy framework on the circular economy is regarded as the back bone of the national policy on SDG 12 and SCP. This policy framework has seen a number of strategic milestones, and is now in its implementation phase. It started in 2016 with the governments strategic policy document 'A circular economy in the Netherlands by 2050', outlining the overall ambition for 2050, as well as defining an intermediate goal of halving the use of primary materials (metals, minerals etc) by 2030. In 2017, a National Agreement on the Circular Economy was agreed among representatives from government, local authorities, business associations, unions and NGO's. Signatories agreed to formulating five transition agenda's: biomass & food, plastics, manufacturing, construction, consumer goods. These agendas define actions by all stakeholders, public and private, for the short term, as well as for 2025, 2030. These transition agendas were formulated in 2018, after which in 2019, a first national Implementation Programme CE was formulated, to capture the actions from those transition agendas as well as defining enabling actions and instruments, including research, finance, monitoring etc. Among many implementing actors, one government agency is Rijkswaterstaat, working on e.g. circular construction and SPP. A link to their English website is attached. One of the implementing arrangements used in the transition agendas is the so called Green Deal approach, a public-private partnership where private partners commit to additional, often innovative, work to advance SCP, and public partners commit to facilitating that, e.g. through lifting barriers (juridical or otherwise) The overall national implementation programme will be updated on a yearly basis. Most recently, the Implementation Programme Circular Economy 2020-2023 has been sent to parliament. The implementation is monitored by the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency PBL.
The overall ambition is to achieve a circular economy by 2050; by 2030 the NL aims to halve its use of primary materials (metals, minerals etc). More specific targets are formulated in the five transition agendas. This can only be realized via SCP-policies.

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