Herman Huisman, MSc.
Senior advisor/Expert RWS Environment
Herman Huisman is senior advisor/expert and coordinator international projects of RWS Environment’s department. The waste management department is the competent authority responsible for monitoring of all waste streams, executing subsidy schemes, policy advisor for State Government (preparing policy documents and National programs) and providing information to local government and private companies.
An environmental biologist by training, Herman began his career at the Scientific Council for Government Policy, a think thank of the Prime Minister in the Netherlands. After seven years he was assigned to build up the Commission on Environmental Impact Asssement.
In 1991 he was asked to set up the Bureau of the Waste Management Council which served as a political platform for consultation and coordination between the National, Provincial and Municipal authorities on waste management in the Netherlands. In 2001 he was appointed as the exective secretary of the Council and managing director of the Bureau.
In 2005 the Bureau merged with NL Agency, an Agency of the Ministery of Ecomic Affairs. In 2013 the Environment Division of NL Agency was transferred to RWS, an Agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.
In his position of international coordinator he is/was involved and set up projects in Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Macedonia, Morocco, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Tanzania, Turkey, Serbia, South Africa, Ukraine, USA and UAE, and was invited as speaker to many International Conferences.
Dutch circular developments
September 2016, the Dutch government presented an inter-governmental national circular economy programme “The Netherlands Circular in 2050”.
It envisions to fully decoupling of economic growth and resource utilization.
Drivers behind this vision are not just ecological, they are just as well economical.
To achieve these goals, the Netherlands has to take action at every level of society and set clear objectives. The first objective is ambitious but not unachievable: a 50% reduction in the use of raw materials like minerals, fossil-based fuels and metals by 2030. To realise the objectives set for 2030 and 2050, cabinet concludes circular economy agreements with a variety of stakeholders.
At January 24th 2017 a Raw Material Agreement has been signed and mid 2017 5 Transition Agenda's for Biomass & food, Plastics, Consumer goods, Construction sector and Manufacturing Industry are planned.
In the Netherlands, we are definitely not starting from scratch. We are already quite successful in waste management: 80% of our total waste is being recycled, 17% is incinerated to produce energy, and only 3% is landfilled.
But in a circular economy we are not just dealing with the last part of the circle (waste and recycling of waste) but with the entire circle, including developing new business models and smarter and more efficient products that last longer, consume less energy and are easy to repair and to recycle.