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September 2-10, 2010 MetaSus took a group of 12 Dutch companies in renewable energy and energy efficiency on a trade mission to Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia. In all three countries the entrepreneurs were met with keen interest to explore opportunities in biomass / bio fuels, waste 2 energy, solar and wind energy as well as energy efficiency. The Dutch participants included Biddle, ECN, Eltomation, Eneco Energy Trade, Fugro, GMSP, KEMA, KOZ Products, Priva, Ra Solar, Thermaflex and UT Innovation. In Colombia, the entrepreneurs were joined by the Energy and Climate Section of Agentschap NL which is planning to support local initiatives in biomass. All in all, the Dutch mission delegates had individual encounters with 250 local entrepreneurs and other stakeholders. On top of this, in Costa Rica a seminar was organized by the Chamber of Industries with almost 100 local businesspeople attending and in Colombia the group hooked up to the fifth Conference on Eco-efficiency and Industrial Competitiveness, organized by the Colombian Association of Industries. The mission was organized together with the Dutch umbrella organization DE Koepel, in the framework of the CPA program of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and with active support of the Dutch Embassies in Costa Rica and Colombia as well as the Consulate in Panama.

TeamIn the week 24-28 August Colombian and Dutch waste experts tour the Netherlands in search of waste recycling options applicable in Colombia. Ports of call include the waste incinerator in Harlingen, the OMRIN Mechanical Biological Treatment plant in Oude Haske, the Twence waste facility and a plastics recycling plant. The goal is to identify feasible recycling options for Colombian Decree 838 on waste utilization and disposal. Team members are Mrs. Magda Correal and Mrs. Angela Osorio of the Colombian company MAG Consultoría, Mr. Frans Lamers of DNV GL Energy and Mr. Herman Huisman of Rijkswaterstaat Leefomgeving. The project is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank. It is a spin-off activity of the ongoing Partners for International Business / Government-to-Government program on waste between the Netherlands and Colombia. In December the team will deliver the new Decree to the Ministry of Housing in Colombia, taking the country an important step further on its path towards sustainability.

Photo clockwise, starting upper left: Mr. Herman Huisman, Mr. Frans Lamers, Mrs. Magda Correal and Mrs. Angela Osorio.


2016 again offers good opportunities for the Dutch private sector in waste and waste water management to gain a foothold in Colombia or to strengthen business relations. The calendar of events reads as follows:

  • 8-12 February: Road show "Integral Solid Waste Management - the Dutch way" to Bogotá, Bucaramanga and Medellín (together with ANDESCO and Findeter)
  • 29 May - 3 June: Incoming mission to the Netherlands including a visit to IFAT Munich
  • 24 - 26 August: ACODAL AIDIS Latin American Congress in Cartagena

The Partners for International Business Project: "Waste and Waste Water Management Colombia" continues. Participants are now VDL Translift, Wequips/Bollegraaf, Hofstetter/AWT and GMT.


Check out the cleantech events to be held in the Netherlands in 2019 and start planning your trip:

  • 19-21 March: The 13th Aqua Netherlands Trade Fair will be held at the exhibition center in the city of Gorinchem. This is the place to familiarize yourself with Dutch products and innovations in water treatment, management and technology. Some 10,000 professional visitors are expected (the next version will be held 17-19 March 2020, again in Gorinchem).
  • 1-3 April: The 14th World Bio Markets Congress will be held in Amsterdam at the Passenger Terminal. Issues to be discussed include biofuels, bio-chemicals, biomass power and bio-based products.

  • 10-11 April: The Plastics Recycling Show Europe will be held at the RAI Amsterdam in Amsterdam.

  • 8-10 October: The Energy Trade Fair for energy-saving technology and sustainable energy. This event will take place at the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch

  • 4-8 November the biannual Amsterdam International Water Week will be held. AIWW offers different events: the AIWW Conference, Aquatech trade exhibitions, excursions and more.
  • 19-21 November: Recycling 2019, the 10th Trade Fair on Recycling at the exhibition center in the city of Gorinchem.

For more information on these events, check out the linked web sites or send an email to keesman<at>

Waste Myanmar

In 2011, Myanmar started to democratize and to open up its economy. It resulted in an estimated growth of 7%-8% annually. The expectation is that this growth will continue. This development will be strengthened by the country’s strategic location between China, India and Thailand; the heart of the world’s fastest-growing regional economy. Myanmar’s expected industrialization, rapid urbanization and changing consumption patterns will come with important challenges in managing the country’s solid waste.

The Dutch water sector is already active in Myanmar, providing support in enhancing its resilience to floods in view of its large delta areas, rivers and coastal zones. At the same time, one of the most important issues in water management is the presence of solid waste, causing extreme levels of pollution and urban floodings, as well as liquid waste polluting the fresh water resources that are currently still abundant. The Dutch Embassy considers to broaden its focus by including solid (/liquid) waste management.

Myanmar’s 57 million inhabitants are producing an estimated 15-20.000 tons of solid waste per day, much of it in the main cities Yangon and Mandalay. These amounts are expected to rise rapidly and will cause serious (health and environmental) problems if not properly dealt with. At the same time it may provide a future market with opportunities for companies and institutions in Myanmar and the Netherlands.

The Netherlands intends to explore the possibilities to develop the waste sector in Myanmar with Dutch expertise and support. As a start, a scoping mission by Herman Huisman of Rijkswaterstaat Environment, Hans Breukelman of BreAd BV and Bert Keesman of MetaSus will visit the country coming March 13-24 2017. The team will assess existing policies, infrastructure, organizations, services and market circumstances. The result will be a market and cooperation report.

You are invited to join the associated LinkedIn group to keep abreast of developments.

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