Network session with Dura Vermeer

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Circular Economy made practical, a brainstorm and network session with Dura Vermeer

Dura Vermeer is a large Dutch company, active in projects on housing, utility construction and infrastructure. Their mission is that in 2030 every of their infrastructural project contributes to a greener and healthier Netherlands in 2030.You are invited to discuss with employees of Dura Vermeer and advise on how the company could proceed to reach this goal. This gives you a taste on what is going on in practice on circular economy in such a large company.


  • 14.45 - 15.00 Virtual walk-in
  • 15.00 - 15.00 Introduction Dura Vermeer and the circular economy challenge.
  • 15.30 – 16.30 Break-out sessions in four groups to discuss questions Dura Vermeer has.
  • 16.30 – 17.00 Presentations of the discussion on the questions and closure.

This brainstorm session is part of the Industrial Symbiosis Hub and funded by the EIT Raw Material

You can choose one of the four groups:

Group 1: Creating more room for Circular Activities in public Contracts

Currently there is hardly any room for circular thinking in public contacts which often leads to the exclusion of circular initiatives from the contract. Help us by discussing how we can disrupt the ‘old- and linear thinking’ in public contracts and create more room for Circular Activities.

Group 2: Working on Circular Innovation under project time constraints

Contracts often have stringent time constraints that don’t allow sustainable innovations to develop into a financially sustainable product. How can we implement sustainable optimizations in the maintenance or use phase of the project under these tightly scheduled conditions?

Group 3: Optimizing Urban Freight Traffic

According to estimates, approximately 60% of urban freight traffic is empty. Reducing freight movements does not only allow us to operate more sustainably, but it also smooths urban traffic. We would like to hear your input on what a cooperative (business)model would look like, that allows the 10 contractors of an important project to manage the transport required for their projects more efficiently.

Group 4: Cooperative model between rest stream processing installations and a (circular) hub

How could a location for bulk materials also serve logistics of rest streams, recycling activities for bulk material and product deliveries. What other synergistic, circular business activities should ideally take place on such a location?