Port of Amsterdam, the perfect hub for circular economy

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Is your business leading the way to a sustainable tomorrow? Port of Amsterdam shares your vision for the future. From waste, raw materials and port logistics to established demo plants and innovative circular businesses, everything comes together in Port of Amsterdam’s ecosystem.

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Plastic in the Port?
Bring it on!

We all use too much plastic and recycle too little. That’s why this is a matter of the highest priority for the Port of Amsterdam. But we’re tackling it in our own way: by seeking an innovative approach together. Because if you’re smart about it, you can make recycling a future-proof business model. Plastic Whale, Plastic Recycling Amsterdam and Integrated Green Energy Solutions demonstrate how they’ve turned plastic waste into a leading business.

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Committed to building the circular economy

At Port of Amsterdam, we believe that the circular economy is the future of business and industry. In fact the circular economy is a focus point in our strategy. As a result, we are constantly expanding our infrastructure and facilities with innovative new solutions. Our goal is to become the foremost circular economy hotspot in Europe, providing the perfect launch pad for entrepreneurs who are passionate about transforming society and the ways we use resources.

Connecting a wide range of sustainable industry

More than anything, circular industry is about making the right connections. Port of Amsterdam knows that sustainable business is always a joint effort. As such, our commitment to the circular economy goes beyond infrastructure. We provide startups and scaleups with opportunities to connect with other circular and biobased initiatives and with other industries through cross-overs, allowing you to find new synergies across the entire value chain.

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What Amsterdam has to offer

With modern port infrastructure, state-of-the-art circular economy ventures and ample room to grow, we provide the foundations that startups, scaleups and more intensive projects and businesses need to take that next step toward a world without waste. We’re happy to welcome you in the port.
Our close proximity to one of Europe’s largest airports and the Netherlands’ largest city ensures you will have easy access to both national and international markets. This unique combination of resources, suppliers, financiers and potential customers means your business will have every opportunity to develop and thrive – right here in the port.
Over the years, Port of Amsterdam has welcomed a wide variety of startups, scaleups, demo plants and full-scale initiatives in the circular and biobased economy space. As a result, we have extensive experience with every aspect of the project process and we will support you every step of the way.

Circular opportunities in the port


Circular companies in the port of Amsterdam

With biobased economy companies, chemical productions and R&D


Direct contact with our experts

For wishes, questions or more information on circular economy

Roon van Maanen

Roon van Maanen

Commercial Division
Head of Department Circular & Renewable Industry
Team Circular & Renewable Industry
Tel: +31 20 523 45 36
E-mail: roon.van.maanen@portofamsterdam.com

James Hallworth

James Hallworth

Commercial Division
Commercial Manager Circular & Renewable Industry
Team Circular & Renewable Industry
Tel: +31 6 100 410 84
E-mail: james.hallworth@portofamsterdam.com

Jelle Paulusma

Jelle Paulusma

Commercial Division
Commercial Manager Circular & Renewable Industry
Team Circular & Renewable Industry
Tel: +31 6 2282 7497
E-mail: jelle.paulusma@portofamsterdam.com




'Together with Waternet and Port of Amsterdam we work on the same goals'

Micha Hes, business development manager at AEB Amsterdam

Micha Hes

'AEB (Amsterdam’s waste to energy company) provides waste solutions for a clean society.  We are doing this by converting waste into sustainable electricity, district heating and by recovering more and more raw materials for re-use. Together with Waternet and Port of Amsterdam we work on the same goals: working for the Amsterdam region to become a circular and sustainable hotspot to work and live. Together we work on innovations to reach that ambition.'


What you need to know about circular economy

water purification
Revaluing municipal waste
There's no such as waste - there’s only value waiting to be discovered. Port of Amsterdam offers circular businesses the ability to connect with waste-to-energy initiatives and water cycle innovations. In addition to clean water and energy, they offer immense potential for sustainable collaborations.

Biorefineries of the future
From fertilizer and complex organics to biofuel, electricity and heat – biorefineries will supply future generations with the sustainable resources they need to advance. At Port of Amsterdam, you can link up with these initiatives directly, gaining access to one of the largest biorefinery clusters in Europe.

Next-gen chemical industry
Port of Amsterdam is home to a variety of innovative, specialized chemical plants that represent the next generation for the industry. Along with access to essential raw materials, these visionary plants provide circular economy startups and scaleups with ample opportunity for co-siting and collaboration.

Dedicated R&D and innovation
A thriving community is the key to achieving sustainable growth. At Prodock, the Port offers plug-and-play facilities for biobased and circular innovation that help startups and scaleups accelerate their vision. From inspiring events to high-tech infrastructure, this circular hub has much to offer.


Updates on circular initiatives in the port

Wegwijzer vergunningen

Guide for a swift and effective permit application process in the Port of Amsterdam

Do you intend to establish a business in the port area? Or do you want to expand or change the range of activities of an existing business? If so, you should check as soon as possible which permissions and permits you require to do so, with the ‘Guide for a swift and effective permit application process in the Port of Amsterdam’.

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