EPM and the Embassy of the Netherlands signing the MoU at Exporesiduos 2014

Colombia is growing at a healthy pace of approximately 5% per year. Its waste and waste water outputs are growing accordingly, if not faster. The country is still highly dependent on dumpsites and sanitary landfills for its waste, and well functioning waste water treatment plants are a rarity. The country is keen on professionalizing its waste and waste water treatment practises and is therefore considered a promising market for Dutch waste management and waste water treatment technology and services. With this in mind, MetaSus has initiated a so called "Partners for International Business" project, meant to position key Dutch suppliers of waste and waste water treatment technologies on the Colombian market. Participants thus far include VDL Translift (supplier of waste collection and transport systems), WAVIN (urban water management systems) and Geesinknorba (waste collection vehicles and acessories). Together with other Dutch companies participating on an ad-hoc basis the group presented itself at the ANDESCO trade fair and congress mid 2013 and at ExpoResiduos of ACODAL in 2014. This year the Netherlands will be Special Invited Country at the ACODAL Annual Congress in Santa Marta, 9-11 September. Dutch companies interested in joining the Partners for International Business" project are invited to express their interest to Bert Keesman of MetaSus, Tel. + 31 6 12699014, email: keesman<at>

MetaSus has made an inventory of 26 export deals of Dutch environmental technology firms. Examples include waste management and processing, soil remediation, acoustics, air treatment, environmental management and water treatment. The examples span a wide range of countries, products and services. Both big and small companies are included. Click here for a PDF version. MetaSus has also made an inventory of noteworthy Dutch export deals in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Click here to access these.

Together with the Buenos Aires based environmental services company Geodata, MetaSus has carried out a market survey on Dutch environmental technologies in Argentina. The focus was on waste management and waste water treatment. Soil remediation, air purification, renewable energy and energy efficiency have all been taken into account as well. The survey revealed many opportunities, some of which related to the ambitious Matanza Riachuelo watershed remediation project which is to be undertaken with World Bank support to the south of the City of Buenos Aires. Drop us an email if you wish to receive a copy of the report in English.

MetaSus has elaborated an inventory of Dutch companies with exportable goods and services in the field of energy efficiency. Specific sectors include the built environment, industry and greenhouses. Nine so called "competitive clusters" were identified. The most promising of these in terms of international business opportunities are CO2 neutral construction practises, energy services for industry, energy cost reductions in datacenters and energy generating greenhouses. Over 100 exporting energy efficiency companies were identified. With the results of the inventory in hand, export opportunities in the field of energy efficiency will be explored. The project was carried out for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and in collaboration with CE Delft. If you're interested in the results in English, please drop us an email at keesman(at)

Sep 2-10, 2010 MetaSus took a group of 12 Dutch renewable energy companies on a trade mission to Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia. In all three countries the group was met with enthusiasm to explore opportunities in biomass, bio fuels, solar and wind energy as well as energy efficiency. The Dutch participants were Biddle, ECN, Eltomation, ENECO Energy Trade, Fugro, Gal Martina Sustainable Partners, KEMA, KOZ Products, Priva, Ra Solar, Thermaflex and UT Innovation. In all three countries, seminars and networking events were organized. All in all, the twelve Dutch companies had individual encounters with 250 representatives of local companies and authorities. MetaSus organized the trade mission together with the Dutch umbrella organization DE Koepel. The event was financed by the CPA program of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

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