The Sustainable Water Eerbeek Project
At the request of the employers’ organisation VNO-NCW and the sector association for Paper Manufacturers, Secretary of State Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management) visited IWE. The reasons behind the visit were the circular economy and the initiatives in the field of circularity being developed throughout the region. The ultimate moment was the official opening of the Sustainable Water Eerbeek project, a magnificent example of how the circular economy can be put into practice. Flanked by Messrs H. Lingbeek (former MD of DS Smith) and W. Hulshof (director of IWE) – together the initiators of the project – Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management) activated a model according to which contaminated water from DSS is transported to IWE and clean water and biogas are returned to DSS. The Secretary of State congratulated DSS De Hoop and IWE on achieving a world first, before raising a toast with champagne produced in Gelderland.
At the end of the meeting, the Secretary of State took the floor, clearly explaining the challenges facing the world if we hope to continue to make infinite use of all the good things provided to us by the planet Earth, in a sustainable manner. To continue making infinite use of the Earth’s resources at the level at which the Netherlands is currently living, we would need 4 planets. As we have just one planet at our disposal, not only business and industry, but also every individual person will have to make a contribution. “In my role as Secretary of State I am working to move the sustainability carriage forwards. Will you do the same in your role?” asked Ms van Veldhoven.