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ENVAQUA: this is the name of the new Dutch association for Environmental and Water Technology. It was founded 22 January 2015 as the merger between the Dutch Association of Environmental Technology Suppliers and Aqua Netherlands. ENVAQUA represents 121 member companies and can be regarded as the Dutch gateway for environmental and water technology. In his opening speech, the chairman Mr. Erwin Dirkse of DMT Environmental Technology announced that ENVAQUA will promote the interests of its members and aspires to be a driver for innovation and exports. For the moment, the focus is on water technology, but the association is also very active in waste management, soil remediation, air quality and renewable energy. Soon the website will be launched at www.envaqua.nl.

Tanzania country of opportunity"Weka jiji safi", that is Swahili for: "Keep your city clean". A Dutch Expert Mission on Waste Management, which visited the 4.5 million metropole Dar es Salaam 5-9 September, encountered promising signs of environmental awareness. But in general the situation proved worrisome.

Friday November 4th the Expert Team (Herman Huisman of Rijkswaterstaat Leefomgeving, Hans Breukelman of BreAd BV and Bert Keesman of MetaSus) presented its findings to a group of approximately 30 entrepreneurs and other stakeholders at the headquarters of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) in the Hague. First Secretary Economic and Trade Policy of the Dutch Embassy in Tanzania Mr. Eugene Gies kicked off with the latest news. Every first Saturday of the month, Dar es Salaam residents now have to clean up their property and their street. A clear sign that the President Mr. John Magufuli is serious about tidying up the city. Unfortunately most of the collected garbage goes up in flames.

The Expert Team reviewed the waste situation in Dar es Salaam, the regulatory framework and the Dutch plans for follow-up. Every day the city generates approximately 5,600 tons of waste. Only 1,000 tons/day of this amount ends up at the Pugu landfill. The remainder is buried, incinerated or disposed off illegally. Waste collection is poorly organized, same as the collection of waste fees. The Pugu landfill is actually an uncontrolled waste dump without proper linings, leachate treatment or landfill gas collection. The situation is worsening rapidly as according to the Expert Team, the waste output of Dar es Salaam is growing approximately 10% per year.

Quick and effective action is considered necessary. The Expert Team proposes an overall upgrade of the waste management system in Dar es Salaam. Among the first targets are the Pugu landfill and the waste collection system (including waste transfer stations). Under the umbrella of a Government-to-Government project, in the coming four months a "Dar es Salaam waste Coalition" will be formed, consisting of the Dar es Salaam City Council, the five city districts plus other stakeholders (including donor organizations). As soon as this coalition has agreed on a joint strategy to upgrade the city's waste system, the plans will be worked out more in detail through a Develop 2 Build preparatory study. This will provide the Dar es Salaam authorities with a detailed strategy to upgrade the waste system, possibly backed up with a DRIVE project and/or efforts by other donors.

Undoubtedly, in the slipstream of these efforts opportunities will arise for Dutch companies, such as consultancy services, civil works and the delivery of waste collection vehicles and transfer stations. In the medium term the Expert Team expects an increase of recycling activities, composting, treatment of hazardous waste and possibly the production of RDF for cement kilns. A complete review of the waste situation in Dar es Salaam and opportunities for the Dutch private sector can be found in the report "Expert Mission on Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) to Dar es Salaam". The latest developments are shared through the LinkedIn Group "Solid waste cooperation between Tanzania and the Netherlands".

A recent market survey by MetaSus has shown an urgent need for waste management and waste water treatment technologies in Central America and Colombia. In Costa Rica, a new comprehensive law on waste treatment is prompting industries to implement sustainable waste collection and treatment systems. In Colombia, new rules on waste water discharges turn out to be especially strict for agro and food industries, creating a market for biological waste water treatment. MetaSus aims to follow up with a trade mision on sustainable waste management and biomass in the second half of 2011. If you wish to stay informed about developments, please fill out the form on the contact page.

RoadShowColombia04A Road Show entitled “Waste: from Reality towards the Future” was held in Colombia February 8-16, 2016. More than 600 representatives of the Colombian waste sector learned to know the Dutch approach towards waste management and explored opportunities for cooperation and trade with the participating Dutch companies.

The timing of the Road Show, led by the Dutch Ambassador in Colombia Mr. Robert van Embden, was chosen carefully. The first of January a new team of mayors as well as municipal and provincial council members has taken office. In the coming four years they will be in charge of waste policies and implementation. The Road Show visited four of Colombia’s biggest cities: Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Medellín and Cali. In every city the event was kicked off by Mrs. Linda Breukers, who provided an overview of three years of intense cooperation in integrated waste management between the Netherlands and Colombia. As the Director of the "Holland House Waste Window", Mrs. Breukers will continue to be the point of entry for Dutch waste companies in Colombia in the coming years. Then Mr. Herman Huisman, International Expert of RWS Environment, presented the highlights of Dutch waste policies and implementation in the past decades. He explained different mechanisms for cooperation on integrated waste management. In the words of Mr. David Linares, representative of the Colombian company HevCo: “More than ever we’re convinced of the need for regional cooperation on waste management in Colombia”.

The Dutch companies in the delegation presented themselves: VDL Translift with systems for waste logistics including side loaded waste collection vehicles; Wequips/Bollegraaf with single stream recycling solutions; GMT with control software for waste management; Colombian HevCo as representative for RAVO and Geesinknorba; Trisoplast with mineral seals for landfills and CoCrear featuring solutions for organic waste. During matchmaking sessions the companies laid the groundwork for trade and cooperation in the coming years.

The Road Show was held as part of the ongoing PIB/G2G project “Waste(water) Business Colombia. It was organized by the Holland House Waste Window together with the Colombian Association of Public Service Companies ANDESCO. The PIB/G2G project will continue until mid-2016. The next event is an incoming trade mission to the Netherlands of at least 10 high level representatives of the Colombian waste sector 30 May – 3 June. This mission will kick off in the Netherlands and will end with a tour of the Dutch representation at the IFAT Trade Fair in Munich.

Environmental technology entrepreneurs in the Netherlands consider renewable energy to be the area with the biggest growth potential. This was one of the results of a 2010 survey of the environmental technology sector, carried out by the Dutch Suppliers Association (VLM) and the State Agency for Sustainability, Innovation and Exports, with support by MetaSus. It is why VLM plans to increase its activities and membership in renewable energy by 50% in the next one and a half years. Presently, 36 member companies offer technologies and services primarily in bio-energy (digesters, gassifiers, incinerators) and energy efficiency in the built environment as well as industry. Renewable Energy will be a prime focus at the October 4-6 Trade Fair on Environment in the City of Den Bosch. A range of other activities will be organized in business development and exports promotion. VLM has asked MetaSus to support the expansion of the Renewable Energy Section.

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