Meet the Dutch Circular Award winners 2022!
February 17, 2022
During the annual National Conference on the Circular Economy in the Netherlands, early February, the Circular Award winners of 2022 were announced. The Circular Award is an initiative led by the Acceleration House on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and recognizes innovative initiatives from companies and government, that inspire the transition to a circular economy. This year, three categories of circular innovations were awarded: Business Large, Business Small and Public.
Image: In conversation with State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen during the National Conference on Circular Economy.
Photo credits: Anne Reitsma
ModuFair - Circular Award Business Large
Janssen de Jong Bouw developed the ModuFair housing system to build circular apartment complexes. During construction, no new raw materials are used, unless there is absolutely no other option. In addition, the various parts are detachable so that they can be given a second or third life in another building at the end of their lifespan.
Roetz - Circular Award Business Small
Roetz is a factory in Amsterdam which produces new designer bicycles and e-bikes from recycled and discarded bicycles. Existing bicycles and e-bikes get a second life, which saves up to 80% in raw materials. This is done through campaigns and collaborations with companies, government agencies and industry associations.
Aeres University - Circular Award Public
Aeres University of Applied Sciences built a new sustainable school in Almere. It carries the name ‘Green Lung’. The open design and integration of greenery in and around the building make it a healthy and inspiring learning environment for their students. The hull is made of circular concrete, and the furniture was taken from the old building, refurbished or bought second-hand.