Renewable Matter # 20 / February-March

Amsterdam, the Circular City

Interview with Eveline Jonkhoff

by Emanuele Bompan

For the Dutch municipality, the construction and food sectors represent two valuable precious value chains. Improving building materials’ reuse strategies could generate €85 million per year and as much as €150 million could derive from a more efficient management of organic waste.


The city of Amsterdam has made a major step in the transition to become one of the world’s first circular cities. The goal? Minimize waste, innovate product-as-a-service business, boast new businesses, increase its well-being and profit.

Commissioned by the city, the plan started out by mapping and identifying areas in which circular business models can be applied while...

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