September 2-10, 2010 MetaSus took a group of 12 Dutch companies in renewable energy and energy efficiency on a trade mission to Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia. In all three countries the entrepreneurs were met with keen interest to explore opportunities in biomass / bio fuels, waste 2 energy, solar and wind energy as well as energy efficiency. The Dutch participants included Biddle, ECN, Eltomation, Eneco Energy Trade, Fugro, GMSP, KEMA, KOZ Products, Priva, Ra Solar, Thermaflex and UT Innovation. In Colombia, the entrepreneurs were joined by the Energy and Climate Section of Agentschap NL which is planning to support local initiatives in biomass. All in all, the Dutch mission delegates had individual encounters with 250 local entrepreneurs and other stakeholders. On top of this, in Costa Rica a seminar was organized by the Chamber of Industries with almost 100 local businesspeople attending and in Colombia the group hooked up to the fifth Conference on Eco-efficiency and Industrial Competitiveness, organized by the Colombian Association of Industries. The mission was organized together with the Dutch umbrella organization DE Koepel, in the framework of the CPA program of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and with active support of the Dutch Embassies in Costa Rica and Colombia as well as the Consulate in Panama.
In the week 24-28 August Colombian and Dutch waste experts tour the Netherlands in search of waste recycling options applicable in Colombia. Ports of call include the waste incinerator in Harlingen, the OMRIN Mechanical Biological Treatment plant in Oude Haske, the Twence waste facility and a plastics recycling plant. The goal is to identify feasible recycling options for Colombian Decree 838 on waste utilization and disposal. Team members are Mrs. Magda Correal and Mrs. Angela Osorio of the Colombian company MAG Consultoría, Mr. Frans Lamers of DNV GL Energy and Mr. Herman Huisman of Rijkswaterstaat Leefomgeving. The project is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank. It is a spin-off activity of the ongoing Partners for International Business / Government-to-Government program on waste between the Netherlands and Colombia. In December the team will deliver the new Decree to the Ministry of Housing in Colombia, taking the country an important step further on its path towards sustainability.
Photo clockwise, starting upper left: Mr. Herman Huisman, Mr. Frans Lamers, Mrs. Magda Correal and Mrs. Angela Osorio.
ENVAQUA: this is the name of the new Dutch association for Environmental and Water Technology. It was founded 22 January 2015 as the merger between the Dutch Association of Environmental Technology Suppliers and Aqua Netherlands. ENVAQUA represents 121 member companies and can be regarded as the Dutch gateway for environmental and water technology. In his opening speech, the chairman Mr. Erwin Dirkse of DMT Environmental Technology announced that ENVAQUA will promote the interests of its members and aspires to be a driver for innovation and exports. For the moment, the focus is on water technology, but the association is also very active in waste management, soil remediation, air quality and renewable energy. Soon the website will be launched at www.envaqua.nl.
2016 again offers good opportunities for the Dutch private sector in waste and waste water management to gain a foothold in Colombia or to strengthen business relations. The calendar of events reads as follows:
A recent market survey by MetaSus has shown an urgent need for waste management and waste water treatment technologies in Central America and Colombia. In Costa Rica, a new comprehensive law on waste treatment is prompting industries to implement sustainable waste collection and treatment systems. In Colombia, new rules on waste water discharges turn out to be especially strict for agro and food industries, creating a market for biological waste water treatment. MetaSus aims to follow up with a trade mision on sustainable waste management and biomass in the second half of 2011. If you wish to stay informed about developments, please fill out the form on the contact page.