ACCEZ Groene Hart Circulair
By mapping the different identities and their challenges, ACCEZ Groene Hart Circulair (ACCEZ Groene Hart Circular) supports the learning processes between circular initiatives in Het Groene Hart, to allow for the development of innovative business models and partnerships.
In Het Groene Hart – a rural region in the Netherlands – we face a major societal challenge: how do we transform the economy from a linear to a circular system? An important aspect of major societal changes is the learning process; different stakeholders must learn from each other in order to achieve profound changes together. This leads us to ask the central question in this project:
How can circular initiatives in het Groene Hart learn from each other so that they reinforce each other’s activities and thus achieve a joint movement?
The organisations involved in making het Groene Hart Circulair are very diverse; we are dealing with farmers, other small and large entrepreneurs, partnerships such as het Groene Hart Werkt, the province, municipalities and scientists.
These people and organisations all have different perspectives on what sustainability and circularity mean and have different motivations and values. They have different identities. This can lead to collaborations failing. But it also offers opportunities: other motives, values and perspectives can be inspiring. By mapping the different identities and their challenges, we can support the learning processes between them, to allow for the development of innovative business models and partnerships.
Background ACCEZ Groene Hart Circulair
The ACCEZ Groene Hart Circulair study is a collaboration between DRIFT, the Erasmus Governance Design Studio, the Institute of Environmental Sciences Leiden, Naturalis and the province of South-Holland. It has 4 work packages. The first work package – natural capital – is a socio-ecological study into the possible measures that dairy farms can take to prevent subsidence, in which circularity and biodiversity play a central role. Work package 2 – circular residual flows – examines the problems that entrepreneurs may encounter in the area of residual flows. Work package 3 is the project described above. Work package 4 integrates the three studies and focuses on new business models for entrepreneurs.
ACCEZ Groene Hart Circulair runs until April 2021.
Financing & Partners
- Financing: ACCEZ (Accelerating Circular Economy Zuid-Holland)
- Partners: Erasmus Governance Design Studio, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) Leiden, Naturalis, Wageningen University & Research and the Province of Zuid-Holland
Annelli Jansen & PJ Beers