“A circular economy is an economic system based on minimising the use of raw materials by reusing products, components and high-quality raw materials. It is a system of closed loops in which products lose their value as little as possible, renewable energy sources are used and systems thinking is at the core.” (Het Groene Brein, 2019)
PARO is based at the Port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ leading circular economy hub. Together with businesses from this port district (Westpoort), we work every day on accelerating the circular economy. We are also active nationally and are constantly seeking out partnerships and ways to make our circular dream a reality.
A world in which waste is a thing of the past and is seen as a valuable resource. A world in which we process and recycle waste in such a way that everything can be reused. Every residual waste flow has value.
It is not just our own organisation that is conscious of the importance of circularity. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) support us in our search for solutions that will make it possible to process waste flows in a cleaner and more sustainable way and develop alternative fuels. By doing so, our ambition is to make a significant contribution to the creation of a better world by 2030.
These Sustainable Development Goals, which succeeded the Millennium Development Goals, aim to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030.
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Taking this challenge as a basis, the UN has defined seventeen goals. In the light of our particular area of expertise and our business operations, we are focusing on Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Amongst other things, this goal aims to bring about a substantial reduction in waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse – in short, everything PARO stands for as a company.
We also believe strongly in minimising the depletion of natural resources through efficient use. For that reason we are also focusing on possible solutions such as alternative fuels and are conscious of the impact on our environment at every stage of the production process.
Based around this goal, we have formulated a number of criteria that we actively work on. These include achieving the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources by 2030 (12.2), achieving the environmentally sound management of wastes throughout their life cycle by 2020 and significantly reducing their release to air, water and soil in order to minimise their adverse impacts on human health and the environment (12.4).
We are also contributing to the reduction in waste generation, with a particular focus on the aims of recycling and reuse (12.5), as well as to the minimising of residual waste flows.
However, this is not something we can do on our own. We also need the knowledge, expertise and experience of our employees, customers and partners.
By joining forces, we open up a whole world of possibilities!