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The Netherlands is committed to becoming a low-emission country by 2050. But while the will is there, the way is still difficult to discern. Erik te Roller talks to Emmo Meijer, a team leader in the government’s Circular Economy Programme.

At the end of February, infrastructure secretary Stientje van Veldhoven launched a major programme to help the Netherlands transition to a circular economy by 2050. The initiative involves all government ministries and more than 400 companies, non-governmental organisations, financial institutions, knowledge institutions and other organisations. It is clear that the programme has wide support, but will it be efficient and effective enough?

“There are many bottom-up initiatives, but these are not yet sufficiently targeted,” says Emmo Meijer. He is chairman of biomass and food transition, one of the five teams that have drawn up the five agendas on which the government-wide Circular Economy Programme is based. The other transition teams cover plastics, manufacturing, construction and consumer goods.

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