Together towards sustainability in the Netherlands
Green Circles is an extensive network consisting of innovative businesses, knowledge institutions, government bodies and social organisations. The partners work together towards realising sustainability solutions in which nature plays an important role. In this way, we not only bring nature and the economy into a better balance, we also contribute actively to a better living environment, a circular economy and a healthy future.
Why Green Circles?
There are huge challenges ahead for us. Climate change, a growing world population and the depletion of raw materials mean that we face a number of tasks with respect to making transitions in the areas of energy, food, sustainable alternatives and a circular economy. These tasks cannot be solved alone, and this is the reason that the Green Circles partners are joining forces. Based on their own strategic and other interests, each partner provides knowledge and expertise for the creation of innovative solutions that contribute to Green Circles' ambitions.
From dreams to sustainable plans
The Green Circles partners gather knowledge, innovate through experimentation, and initiate sustainability projects together. We do this step by step, circle by circle. This enables the Green Circles network to grow steadily, creating societal support. We inspire and complement each other in the development of new revenue models, making our dreams for a sustainable society come true. In this, we are guided by both our passion and a carefully formulated plan, thanks to our Green Circles method.
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The power of Green Circles
- we develop sustainable circles and harness the power of nature
- we work on the basis of a shared vision and equality
- we acquire scientific and other knowledge and share that knowledge
- we innovate, develop new markets and inspire each other
- we create societal support for our projects
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The Green Circles
Green Circles HEINEKEN
A clean, climate-neutral and climate-proof HEINEKEN brewery in a climate-neutral chain, a sustainable economy and a pleasant living environment.Read more about Green Circles HEINEKEN
Circular Sugar Beet Chain
Several participants in the sugar beet chain, namely Cosun Beet Company, the province of North Brabant and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, are working together to build a circular society with nature as a partner. Together with transition coaches, we are actively working on team development and the process towards realising our joint ambitions.Read more about Circular Sugar Beet Chain
Sustainable French Fries Chain
Farm Frites, the province of South Holland, Wageningen University & Research, and HAS University of Applied Sciences are striving together towards reducing greenhouse gases, stimulating sustainable energy, and promoting biodiversity and healthy soil with sufficient organic substances.Read more about Sustainable French Fries Chain
Cheese and Soil Subsidence
Zuivelfabriek de Graafstroom, a dairy factory, is located in Bleskensgraaf. Together with the province of South Holland, Deltamilk, Rabobank, Waterschap Rivierenland and Wageningen University & Research, we want to combat the subsidence of our peat meadow region and increase biodiversity, in order to achieve future-proof agriculture.Read more about Cheese and Soil Subsidence
We provide a bee-friendly environment in, and together with, South Holland municipalities, residents, businesses and other organisations. We do this by offering wild bees more food and nesting opportunities, making the landscape more attractive and colourful, and by being careful with the use of chemicals.Read more about Bee Landscape
Green & Healthy City
The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Naturalis, Wageningen University & Research, the municipalities of Dordrecht and Leiden, Staatsbosbeheer, IVN Natuureducatie , Alles is Gezondheid, GGD Haaglanden and the province of South Holland have entered into an agreement to green the cities of South Holland in order to improve health, biodiversity and climate adaptation.Read more about Green & Healthy City
Inspiring projectsHow do we switch from fossil to renewable energy? Can we do more with biobased applications? How do we prevent subsidence? How can we make agriculture circular? How do we improve biodiversity? Below is an overview of the projects under way through all of the Green Circles.
More biodiverse agriculture and public green space on the South Holland islands
On Voorne Putten, Goeree Overflakkee and the Island of Dordrecht, the province is going to collaborate with the Green Circle Sustainable French Fries Chain, growers on the islands of South Holland, the Hollandse Delta Water Board, Wageningen Environmental Research and Farm Frites on increasing biodiversity in agriculture and public green spaces. This will strengthen nature and contribute to vital agriculture in the area.
Joining forces for a plastic-free South Holland
The municipalities of Alphen aan den Rijn, Bodegraven-Reeuwijk, Gouda, Rotterdam and Waddinxveen, the water boards of Delfland, Rijnland, Schieland and Krimpenerwaard, Rijkswaterstaat, Wageningen Environmental Research and the province of South Holland will collaborate to establish the first Plastic-free Corridor in the Netherlands. This commitment encompasses the area around the Gouwe, Hollandsche IJssel and Nieuwe Maas towards the North Sea. The parties signed a letter of intent for this purpose on Thursday 28 October.