HCH Side Event on Circular Agrifood and Biomass at COP28 UAE

Dubai | 9th until 12th of December 2023

Together with numerous partners, HCH is proud to announce an insightful and interactive session focused on Circular Agrifood and Biomass, as part of the programme the Food Systems Pavilion at COP28 in Dubai, UAE. 

This hybrid session is organised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Foodvalley NL and Holland Circular Hotspot and will be joined by exceptional guests, including Donné Slangen, acting Director-General for Nature and Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

Read below for additional information on the agenda and speakers, also available on the official site.

Join the livestream on Youtube on Saturday 9th of Dec. at 09:30 CET: LINK.


‘Circular agrifood and biomass: Food and materials for a sustainable future’

The workshop aims at providing an overview of today’s challenges and solutions in the field of circular agrifood and biomass, showing how a circular approach can create concrete socio-environmental value and positively contribute to a climate neutral world. 

Building on the outcomes of the recently released brochure “Circular agrifood & biomass: Food & materials for a sustainable future”, the event will also showcase Dutch innovations and best practices, varying from food waste measurements, liquid coating of fruits, community led farming, upcycling of side streams in agrifood, circular feed, algae, insect breeding, and alternative proteins. 

These showcases are already successful in supporting our goals to provide healthy, safe and tasty food for 9 billion people within the planetary boundaries. This is indeed an immense challenge that we can overcome only by working together across sectors and borders. How best to get there will be the primary focus of the panel discussion that will conclude the session.

Guest Speakers
09 December 2023
12:30-13:30 GMT | 09:30-10:30
Onsite and online {Youtube livestream link will be announced soon}

  • Freek van Eijk (CEO, Holland Circular Hotspot), acting as session Moderator
  • Donné Slangen (Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality)
  • Jolijn Zwart-van Kessel (Innovation Lead Circular Agrifood, Foodvalley NL) 
  • Maarten Bosch (CEO, Mosa Meat)
  • Fred Beekmans (Program Leader Circular and Climate-Neutral Society, WUR)

Discover our Brochure on Circular Agrifood and Biomass

Further Info on COP28

COP28 UAE, scheduled from 30 November to 12 December 2023 at Expo City, Dubai, is a pivotal gathering within the United Nations Climate Change Conferences, an annual series convened under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As the 28th iteration, COP28 will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates, emphasizing a critical juncture for global collaboration to address climate change.

The primary objective of COP28 UAE is to provide a platform for nations worldwide to negotiate and commit to actions that combat climate change, reduce emissions, and counteract global warming. Recognized as the highest decision-making body on climate issues globally, the conference aims to propel tangible progress toward achieving the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, particularly the crucial target of limiting global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

For more info HERE