Circular Economy Mission Chileonline | 9th until 16th of December 2020
Interested in doing business in Chile? With this digital mission we will ‘zoom’ in on circular opportunities in Agro-Food, Water Management and Plastics & Sustainable Packaging. Learn more about business opportunities in Chile, local developments and circular economy enablers, and find the right parties to start or expand your business in Chile!
For more information on policy landscape, circular economy strategy and selected priority areas of Chile, look here!
Join us on a Virtual Mission to Chile!
Chile shows interesting characteristics for business collaboration in the field of circular economy. With, on the one hand, ambitious circular goals and supporting legislation, roadmaps and strategies, and, on the other hand, great challenges in agriculture, water management and waste management, Dutch knowledge and experience might be just the right solution at the right time.
This mission aims to present collaboration opportunities between Dutch and Chilean parties, and to help them find the right partners. It consists of three sector-focused webinars that give insight into local interest in circular and sustainable solutions, present Dutch circular solutions for the local situation in Chile and connect offer and demand. In January, match-making is planned, as a follow-up on these digital events.
Digital sessions on business opportunities in Chile
Agro-Food is an essential export product for Chile as it counts for 16,5% of its total export. With also the highest score in the region in the Global Food Security Index 2019, ambitious goals in the field of agro waste management and a national circular economy programme for agriculture, Chile shows to be a relevant potential business partner for Dutch circular entrepreneurs with agro-food solutions. Dutch technology can, for instance, support in the valorisation of organic waste streams, especially from industry. Examples are digestion as a source of renewable energy and fertilizer or high-end valorisation of organic waste into biobased materials. Opportunities for collaboration lie in the recovery of, for instance, fruit losses into new packaging, and fish waste by using new processing techniques.
Other Dutch innovation examples fitting challenges that the Chilean cope with are focused on new varieties and rootstock adapted to changing climatic conditions or intelligence and predictive models to guide future decision making.
Water availability is a big issue in Chile. Especially in the north and central part of the country water scarcity and droughts affect mining activities, agriculture and cities. The production and transport of desalinated water is expensive and competing interests for water, combined with legislative inconsistencies and lack of systematic water rights registration, leads to a strong need for experienced partners with innovative water management solutions.
As the Dutch have years of experience in efficient water use in agriculture, water treatment and water reuse, companies and consultancy firms active in the integral supply chain of water production, treatment and transport can find impactful business opportunities in Chile. Providing (recovered) water in the right quantity and quality, at the right moment for the right application (drinking water, mining or agriculture) is a key opportunity.
Currently only 11,8% of plastic packaging waste from both domestic (4,5%) and industrial origin (17,6%) are valorized. With the emergence of the new Extended Producer Responsibility law and the Chilean Plastic Pact, Chile shows serious interest and momentum for opportunities in separation, collection, recycling, and alternative packaging technologies.
Logistics, access to input material and demand for recycled materials are challenges withholding Chile from reaching its ambitious plastic goals and Dutch knowledge and experience might be just the right solution at the right timing. Also the Dutch plastics value- chain approach with actions from both public and private players can be inspirational for Chile and can open various markets.
Participation to the digital sessions is free of charge.
This mission is co-organized by Holland Circular Hotspot and the Embassy of The Netherlands in Chile.
Organizing partners are, amongst others, Rabobank, Netherlands Water Partners (NWP), Wageningen University & Research (WUR), EuroChile, InvestChile, Circula el Plástico, Transforma Alimentos, and Superintendencia de Servicios Sanitarios (SISS).