The Netherlands is set to become the first country in the world, where by 2050, a circular economy will be established for the country. The biggest benefit of a circular economy is the environment. With this we can meet the needs of our country with less resources. At the same time, there is a reduction in government expenditure.
Some resources exist on our earth in limited quantities. While some resources exist in limited quantities. Of which solar energy and wind are one. But this cannot always happen.
If our environment is to be saved to us, each country must establish a circular economy. Only then will we be able to save our environment and the earth. In such a situation, the Netherlands is setting an example before the world by establishing circular economy here. If we talk about the statistics related to air pollution, then the city is responsible for 70% of air pollution on our earth. In such a case, a circular economy should first be established in cities.
What is a circular economy?
If we talk about the definition of circular economy, then an economy where most of the substances are recycled and used back, this type of economy is called circular economy. In such a situation, the Netherlands wants to save resources by establishing a circular economy in its country. And wants to make better use of the natural resources present here. In this way, the country’s economy can be further improved. Which is also environmentally friendly.
If we talk about the statistics related to air pollution, we are also frightened, we are not able to stop the increasing temperature of our earth. By 2020, we wanted to limit the temperature rise of the Earth to 2 degrees. But we have failed in this effort. In such a situation, if we have to save our earth now, then circular economy has to be adopted. Apart from this, we do not have any other option. Scientists have already said that if we want to save our Earth, then we have to take some steps soon. Circular economy may be one of them. About 60 to 70% of the resources in the country are recycled and reused under the circular economy.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, wants to become the world’s first circular economy
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is one of the few cities in the world where bicycles are heavily used. This reduces air pollution there. But Amsterdam has another goal that it wants to accomplish by 2050. Amsterdam has set a target that we will establish a circular economy by 2050.
For this, the materials will be used repeatedly and will be recycled. The use of new resources will be reduced. So that air pollution and emission of harmful gases can be stopped.
About 22 tonnes of plastic waste is being extracted from the rivers every year by the government administration of Amsterdam. So that the rivers can be kept clean. There are also many NGOs working in Amsterdam who are helping the government in this task.
Apart from this, some starters are also working there to keep the rivers clean. Whose government is helping. These startups are installing technology to remove plastic waste on the rivers present in the country. For this, the pilot project is being run in the Netherlands capital Amsterdam.
Valuable products are being made from pollutants
Under the circular economy, the Netherlands is making valuable products from pollutants. You will be surprised to know but the water that is flushed in our toilet also contains valuable elements. Products are being made from these elements. So that the circular economy is promoted.
A new technology has been used by scientists at Netherland to recycle the waste water released from the toilet flush. Simultaneously, a type of glue is being developed from the water coming out of the toilet flush. This glue is used in industries to glue things. Which is being called Caumera. Caumera gum can be a great example of circular economy.
In addition to this method of glue, Netherlands scientists are also trying to build building materials with toilet water.
Scientists in the Netherlands say that these products can prove to be excellent replacements of steel and aluminum. However, scientists say that currently this building material is much more expensive than traditional aluminum. But as the technology develops, we hope that it will completely replace aluminum. Scientists say that the aluminum industry is one of the largest in the world and it emits huge amounts of carbon emissions. Which we have to stop in any condition.
What steps are the rest of the world taking regarding the circular economy?
The Netherlands is one of the few countries in the world that is going to adopt circular economy in its entirety. However, the time is far ahead when the Netherlands will adopt circular economy in its entirety. But the rest of the world is also taking steps to adopt circular economy.
Talking about countries like India, one time plastic has been completely banned here. Apart from this, much attention is also being given to cleanliness in India. A ranking of cities is released every year in India for cleanliness.
If we talk about countries like New Zealand and England, then carbon neutral cities are being established there. So that carbon footprint can be completely eliminated. However, how long this is possible remains to be seen. At the same time, talking about countries like England, there is talk of using hydrogen gas instead of traditional LPG gas.
The UK government says that by 2050 we will completely replace LPG gas with hydrogen gas at our place. Hydrogen gas is eco friendly. No pollutants are released from its combustion.
At the same time, electronic vehicles are being promoted in countries around the world for carbon neutral or circular economy. Countries around the world are giving subsidies to promote electronic vehicles. Also launching new scrap policy. So that people can show interest in buying electronic vehicles by selling old vehicles.
Apart from this, oil exporting countries like Saudi Arabia are now working on hydrogen based fuel system here. And are trying to become self-sufficient in the field of hydrogen to export fuel. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see how long the carbon neutral economy or circular economy is established in the whole world.
What are the challenges facing the establishment of a circular economy?
If we really see, then the circular economy is good for the environment. But the world is still facing many difficulties in establishing it.
The biggest challenge is about technology. We have to make major improvements in our technology to establish a circular economy. New technology to clean water will have to be used. Where water can be used properly.
Apart from this, products made from recycling are also much more expensive. And they are not able to compete with traditional products in the market. In such a situation, we have to improve the technology even more.
The second big challenge is about business. Currently, only startups are working in the field of circular economy. While large companies are still operating in traditional industries. In such a situation, large companies have to be encouraged to contribute to the circular economy. Electronic vehicles and other technology are still significantly more expensive.
Recycle products are being made in very limited quantities. They are not able to meet the demand of the world. In such a situation, it is necessary to continuously increase the production of the recycle product. So that it can replace the traditional product and we will be able to create a circular economy.
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