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Towards Resource Recovery in a Circular Economy - roundtable workshop


The Holland Innovation Network at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Witteveen + Bos and Delft University of Technology, with the support of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, would like to invite you to our roundtable workshop.

“Towards Resource Recovery in a Circular Economy”

Time: 21 April 2017 from 9.00am-2.00pm (lunch included)

Venue: ACE Ideation Centre, Action Community for Entrepreneurship, 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent #01-13, JTC LaunchPad@One-North, Singapore 139955 (walking distance from One-North MRT station CC23)

Dress code: Business casual

The circular economy is an economic system that maximizes the re-usability of products and raw materials, and minimizes their devaluation. This system differs from the current linear system, where raw materials are used to manufacture products that are destroyed at the end of their shelf lives. The circular system has two cycles of materials. One of these, the biological cycle, which focuses on reuse of bio-waste streams and eventually return it safely back to nature. The second is the technical cycle, which seeks to ensure that products (and their components) are designed and marketed in a way that enables them to be re-used with the highest quality retention. Both cycles maximize retention of economic value. Consequently, the system is ecologically and economically restorative.

The workshop will provide the opportunity to a small group of leaders from both public and private sector in the water, environment, food and waste sector, to examine the entire lifecycle of a resources in the circular economy to answer the below three questions:

  1. How do circular economy concepts improve sustainability and liveability?
  2. What initiatives might reduce barriers and stimulate adoption of circular economy business models?
  3. What business opportunities does the circular economy provide?

At the end of the workshop, you will gain knowledge of science, technology and innovation in resource recovery and circular economy business models applicable in your industry. Together we will develop a roadmap for Singapore-Netherlands initiatives to enable the transition to a circular economy.

The workshop is by invitation only, however spots are still available for press representatives. Please register ASAP (19 April by the latest) by sending your RSVP to Alexander van Dorssen via Please inform us in advance if an alternative participant is expected.

If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please feel free to contact us.

Hosted by:  

Susan van Boxtel, Advisor Holland Innovation Network, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht, Environmental Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology
Arjen van Nieuwenhuijzen, Chief Technology Officer Energy, Water and Environment, Witteveen+Bos

Annex A: Programme

9.00 – 9.30          Registration and coffee

9.30 – 9.35          Welcome by Mr Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency

9.35 – 9.40          Welcome by H.E. Jacques Werner Ambassador

9.40 – 9.55          Arjen van Nieuwenhuijzen, Chief Technology Officer Energy, Water and Environment, Witteveen+Bos

Added Value of Resource Recovery in the context of Circular Economy

9.55 – 10.10        Professor Mark van Loosdrecht, Environmental Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology

Waste to Resource

10.10 – 10.25    (to be confirmed) - Nanyang Environmental and Water Research Institute, Residues and Resource Reclamation Centre

Bioplastics from municipal solid waste

10.25 - 10.40     A/Prof Dr. YEW Wen Shan, NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation

Use of soil microbes to harvest gold

10.40 – 11.15    Tea break and networking

11.15 – 11.30    André Struker, Strategic Advisor, Waternet

Amsterdam water and waste in transition to a circular economy / Truecost method

11.30 – 11.45     (speaker to be confirmed) – Mining and Reuse of Waste Incinerator Ash

11.45 – 12.00     Allan Lim, founder, Alpha Biofuels and Comcrop

Pioneering in Singapore’s Circular Economy

12.00 – 12.30 Moderator Jessica Cheam, Managing Editor, Eco-Business – discussion towards whitepaper: a roadmap for Singapore-Netherlands initiatives to enable the transition to a circular economy.

12.30 onwards Lunch and networking

 13:00              End of event

Sponsor/exhibitor contact

Alexander van Dorssen
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