A circular knowledge hub will accelerate the circular economy in De Binckhors

matrix Research by Sven Westendorp (iCircl Foundation), in cooperation with the Mission Zero Centre of Expertise, has shown that there is a need to develop a circular physical/digital knowledge hub for material flows in The Hague’s district ‘De Binckhorst’. Such a hub is essential to accelerate the transformation from a linear to a circular economy in this area.

On the basis of the above diagram, the needs of De Binckhorst were mapped out together with the stakeholders.

The current situation

To reduce the pressure on the housing market, at least 5,000 homes are to be built in this area. In the best-case scenario, the development of this area would run parallel with developments in the field of circular enterprise. However, this is not the case in reality. Stakeholders from De Binckhorst find themselves in a difficult situation, because different parties have different interests. From the top down, there is still little knowledge and experience in circular construction and the financial result of the current method of construction is still big enough to easily deviate from it. For this reason, it is not easy to transform larger organisations at a rapid pace. From the bottom up, there is enough ambition to turn De Binckhorst’s circular economy aspirations into reality, but the high price of land is forcing entrepreneurs to leave the area. By working together and experimenting, the gap between these two parties can be bridged.

Exchanging knowledge

A physical knowledge hub would have the advantage of providing a place where government, entrepreneurs and educational institutions can come together to share knowledge in the field of circular economy. It would also provide an opportunity for companies and local residents to discuss and learn how to go from linear to circular entrepreneurship.