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Centre of Expertise Mission Zero has a clear mission: to create an economy entirely fuelled by sustainable energy and renewable resources and materials. Or rather: to stop using new resources and unsustainable energy. Finding these solutions requires multidisciplinary research. That will mean a holistic approach involving the technological, economic, social and administrative realm.

As a driver of sustainable entrepreneurship and living, we conduct practice oriented research. Professors, lecturer-researchers and students tackle current issues. Issues such as ensuring liveable cities by eliminating CO2-emissions and creating opportunities for using waste. Together with our external partners we develop applicable and useful knowledge and tools for the future.

The Centre of Expertise combines the expertise of four research groups: Energy in Transition, Circular Business, Urban Metabolism and Innovation Networks. We look for the common grounds between these fields and make a difference together. This results in a different way of operating. We discover new values, change our perspective of the world and address current issues with today’s knowledge and technology. Focusing on our planet is an inherent part of that. 

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Projects

Projects

Trashure: Design as catalyst for transitioning from linear to circular

Trashure: Design as catalyst for transitioning from linear to circular

Project goals are increasing awareness about textile consumption and specifically re-appreciating textile waste and enabling commercialization of an accessible product line that uses textile waste as primary resource.
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SMITZH: Smart Manufacturing Industrial Applications Zuid-Holland

SMITZH: Smart Manufacturing Industrial Applications Zuid-Holland

The province of Zuid-Holland is rich in manufacturing industry. Manufacturing companies that develop and sell all kinds of products with the help of technology. These companies would like to produce faster, cheaper, more durable and higher quality products, but are often unaware of contemporary, digital possibilities such as robotisation and 3D printing. SMITZH brings together supply and demand and aims to make the manufacturing industry more innovative, competitive and future-proof. The Digital Operations & Finance Centre of Expertise at The Hague University of Applied Sciences is one of the knowledge and research partners in the SMITZH consortium.

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Circular Fashion

Circular Fashion

Within the research group Circular Business we study a variety of sectors, but the expertise of professor Kim Poldner is centered on the fashion industry. On this page you find an overview of her activities and key publications on this topic.
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Circular operations management – Facility management and ecology in balance

Circular operations management – Facility management and ecology in balance

Creating an action based protocol voor the facility professional to stimulate sustainable behavior, to make the waste and raw material flows more sustainable and thereby contribute to the circular business operations.
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Reshaping Business Education

Reshaping Business Education

In the Reshaping Business Education project, we focus on a different orientation of the education and development of business students. We develop education that enables students to create businesses that are socially and environmentally sustainable and thus contribute to a fair economy.
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Podcast Wasted Tales

Podcast Wasted Tales

In the Wasted Tales podcast series we will be bringing you into the lives and minds of waste and other materials within the circular economy, such as a solar panel, a face mask and a plastic bottle. This podcast is inspired by the projects of the Centre of Expertise Mission Zero where we conduct integrated research to come up with regenerative solutions for a more sustainable future.
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NEWRAIL

NEWRAIL

The Dutch municipality of Horst on the Maas and ProRail are keen to stimulate the generation of renewable energy. As partners in NEWRAIL (Noise Energy Wall Rail America in Limburg), they are testing innovations that will deliver high energy yields. This research involves mounting solar panels on both new and existing sound barrier walls. Mounting solar panels on sound barriers is a new and ground-breaking idea. That’s why more research is needed to find the best method of installation. The innovative project NEWRAIL (Noise Energy Wall Rail America in Limburg) is an initiative of ProRail in collaboration with the municipality of Horst aan de Maas, TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), energy cooperative Reindonk Energie, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
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News and Events

Podcast

In the Wasted Tales podcast series we will be bringing you into the lives and minds of waste and other materials within the circular economy, such as a solar panel, a face mask and a plastic bottle. This podcast is inspired by the projects of the Centre of Expertise Mission Zero where we conduct integrated research to come up with regenerative solutions for a more sustainable future. By making inanimate objects key protagonists in this podcast, we aim to provide an alternative perspective to the circular economy discourse. What do these materials and objects experience? How do they view us humans in processes of recycling, repair and repurpose? And what can we learn from them?
The spoken language is English.
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Podcast

Wasted Tales

Inaugural Address Professor Kim Poldner

On Thursday 18th of June 2020 Kim Poldner, Professor Circular Business, shared her inaugural Address by premiering her vision through Youtube. This was a more sustainable event then we could have ever imagined, because no one had to travel and there was no foodwaste due to arranging catering. The online premiere took about 20 minutes after which there was time to ask questions or post comments in the live chat. She will select the ones that trigger her most as starting point for developing a range of podcasts together with her team.  Watch the Inaugural adress on YouTube.

Kim also created a simplification of this vision, a playfull fable, here you will find this playfull fable The Bear and the Phoenix.

If you're interested in reading the full story including contributions from the researchers involved in the Professorship, please download the publication: Entrepreneuring a regenerative society (pdf).

Publications

IMPACT Magazine

Today more than ever, higher education is finding itself at a crossroad. While the internet is filled with qualitative sources of knowledge, universities can often not provide their students with the skillset they actually need for their professional life. Traditional education will get less and less relevant, if it doesn't transform itself into a learning experience the internet can't offer.

An example of such transformation has been 'Mission Impact', a minor taught for the first time in the fall semester of 2020 at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. 17 students of nine nationalities and 12 different bachelor programmes came together to work on wicked problems and apply their respective knowledge, through transgressive, place-based learning.

Connecting to a place in the middle of a pandemic has not been the easiest task. While all learning contexts had to be translated to the new online reality, students were scattered across Europe, preventing some, from meeting their group members or the place they were trying to impact. That it is still possible, is proven through this magazine. After the end of the minor half of the group decided to spend their time and work on this artefact, to create a visualisation of their learning experience over the past couple of months. The change of narrative at Mission Impact and the focus on a more ecological and relational practices has allowed these students to learn and thrive in a safe environment.

This magazine is an open invitation for all sorts of learners. We hope this magazine will inspire our readers. To connect, to transform, to learn. And most of all, we hope you'll enjoy reading it.

IMPACT Magazine Issue 1, February 2021 (pdf)
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