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 Water.
In his position of international coordinator he is/was involved and set up projects in Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, 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 & Experience
The Circular Economy offers an enticing prospect. By closing raw material cycles we can create a strong economy that the Earth can support. But we will not achieve such an economy on our own.
A circular economy means much more than shunting materials around between the factory and the users. The ultimate aim of a circular economy is that we humans will put less strain on the planet on which we live. At the same time more jobs will be created in the Netherlands and Europe because it will be cheaper to repair products than to replace them. Circular entrepreneurship therefore means thinking seriously about the choice of materials used in products, the time a product lasts, a production process based on sustainable energy and a sustainable production chain.
September 2016 saw the launch of the government-wide ‘Nederland circulair in 2050’ programme, focused on developing and implementing a circular economy by 2050. It provides good impetus for achieving a circular economy in the Netherlands. In a related move, the subject has been placed prominently on the Dutch National Research Agenda through the Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency route, which seeks to meet the demand for wide-ranging multidisciplinary knowledge both now and in the future. The completion of knowledge chains is immensely important in this regard, with the involvement of the wider public.
If the Netherlands aspires to be circular by 2050, a different way of thinking and organising will be required. That amounts to a complex system change. Among other things it means pursuing a sustainable economic system with circular enterprises that have healthy business models both individually and as a chain.
Several steps have already been taken. A resource Agreement has been signed early 2017 with branch organizations, industry, NGO’s and Government. In January of this year Transition programs for 5“Value chains have been submitted to our Minister of Environment: Biomass and food, Construction, Manufacturing Industries, Consumer goods and Plastics. These transition documents have been drawn up by all stakeholders in the chains. Government will respond soon and will indicate which actions will be taken