On 15 December 2017, Jaya Ratnam, Ambassador of Singapore, and Henk Snoeken, Deputy Director of International Affairs of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management witnessed the signing ceremony of the Partners for International Business (PIB) Resource Recovery in the context of Circular Economy Singapore (ReCirc). Thirteen partners signed the covenant. The covenant connects the partners in the exploration and realization of circular solutions in the field of sludge and waste processing and resource recovery solutions, both in Singapore and the Netherlands.
ReCirc Singapore is an initiative of Witteveen+Bos, Waternet, TU Delft and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions. The other partners in the cluster are: CirTec, Heineken (Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore), Holland Circular Hotspot, KWR, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Nijhuis Industries, Paques, World of Walas and Upp! UpCycling Plastic.
Aims of the covenant
This cooperation came about because the initiators, together with Singaporean partners, concluded last year that there are many similarities between Singapore and the Netherlands: both countries have limited natural resources, limited land space, are densely built, and are facing an ageing population which puts pressure on liveability and productivity . The similarities can be benefited by working together, exchanging knowledge and jointly explore new markets and solutions. The Holland Innovation Network of the Netherlands Embassy in Singapore and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO.nl) embraced the initiative, and this resulted in ReCirc Singapore, developed within the PIB programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
About the consortium
The consortium starts with the PIB ReCirc program (2018-2020), creating the basis fora Centre of Excellence on Resource Recovery for Circular Economy (2021 and beyond). The cooperation within this covenant focuses on pragmatic solutions, applied R&D, business development and cross sectorial collaboration. The following critical topics will be tackled:
- Incinerated Bottom Ash and Fly Ash Treatment and Application as Building Material
- Sorting, Separating, Segregating and Recycling of Urban Waste
- Integrated Recovery of Renewable Energy and Resources from Waste, Used Water and UWTP Sludge
- Packaging and Plastic Waste Management and Treatment
- Food Waste Management, Treatment and Resource Recovery
- E-waste Handling and Recovery of Valuable Materials
ReCirc Singapore is built as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) of RvO.nl: a coalition of business, government, civil society organizations and knowledge institutions. It is an alliance of knowledge, know-how and business. In ReCirc Singapore the following companies and institutes are working together: Witteveen+Bos (cluster coordinator), Waternet, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, Nijhuis Industries, Paques, CirTec, World of Walas, Asia Pacific Breweries, Organic Village, KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Delft University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research and Upp! UpCycling Plastic.
Collaboration is key
To elaborate further on circular economy challenges and implement pragmatic solutions, more research & development and cross sectorial collaboration is necessary. Both the qualities of both countries, as the challenges are an excellent foundation and incentive for the development of solutions that improve sustainability, livability and productivity. ReCirc is looking for Singaporean government, research institutes and companies to collaborate.
If you are interested to learn more about circular economy, ReCirc and the activities in 2018, please contact the Holland Innovation Network of the Netherlands Embassy in Singapore via: sin-ia[at]minbuza[dot]nl