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Renewable energy: Dutch development results

6 June 2019

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided an overview of the results achieved by the Netherlands in the field of development cooperation since 2015. What are the results regarding renewable energy (SDG 7)? Renewable energy … More

SDG 7: bridging financial challenges

Realizing SDG 7: bridging financial challenges

9 April 2019

Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) stands for access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Last Friday (5 April), Partners for Innovation was present at the national event for companies, financiers, NGOs and … More


Minister Sigrid Kaag visits Niger to discuss entrepreneurship

26 February 2019

Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag visited Niger last week to discuss entrepreneurship and employment. As part of her visit, AgriProFocus organised a lunch, during which the Minister spoke with local (agricultural) … More

Small wind turbines in Benin

Feasibility study small wind turbines in Benin

11 October 2018

In South Benin, small wind turbines have been highlighted as a type of technology with a very significant – but at the same time greatly underutilized and under-researched potential for renewable energy-based electrification. Partners for Innovation … More

Products that Flow

Products that Flow launched at InnovationExpo

9 October 2018

On the 4th of October the book ‘Products that Flow’ by Siem Haffmans is launched at the InnovatieExpo in Rotterdam. The first copy has been handed over to the Dutch state secretary Stientje van Veldhoven. PRODUCTS … More

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Workshop: manufacturing small wind turbines in Benin

9 July 2018

On Thursday July 19, the second validation workshop on the manufacturing of small wind turbines in Benin will take place. The final feasibility study and concrete action plan are presented and participants will discuss the results … More

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Renewable energy in Zambia: looking for Dutch companies

7 February 2018

RVO and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs have commissioned a market study into the opportunities for Dutch renewable energy companies in Zambia. Expected publication/presentation date for this study is early April, with a view to … More

Trade mission Vietnam

6 February 2018

Minister Kaag (Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) is leading a trade mission in Vietnam and Malaysia this week together with Hans de Boer (chairman VNO-NCW) and about 45 companies. The economic mission is focused … More

Mainstreaming gender in energy projects: training

13 November 2017

Partners for Innovation and MDF offer a free of charge train-the-trainer course for organizations in ECOWAS countries involved in gender mainstreaming in energy projects. This three day course will be held in Accra, early 2018.  We … More

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Getting down to work on circular plastics

11 September 2017

A number of thirteen companies from the plastics chain – brand owners, plastics processors, recycle companies and designers – presented their new circular business model at the  CIRCO Track Plastics edition of 2017. Their aim is to … More

Boost for agribusiness – FinAgri Niger 2017

16 August 2017

On 16 and 17 May 2017 Partners for Innovation Niger organized in Niamey the FinAgri. Financial institutions and key actors of the agricultural sector in Niger took part in a finance fair related to the agri … More

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Eindhoven Airport & Vanderlande are closing the loop

6 July 2017

The airport of Eindhoven and logistics automatisation company Vanderlande have taken an important step towards a circular economy. In the Closing-the-loop project parts of existing baggage handling systems are being reused at the airport instead of … More

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How the silicone cartridge enlightened us

27 May 2017

How can a relatively small problem provide great insights? The participant members of the silicone cartridge  project can answer this question. They worked together to tackle the problem of the disposed cartridges. The disposal and recycling … More

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Product Service Systems make their return

13 March 2017

Circular economy business models in which products are accompanied or entirely replaced by a service are gaining momentum. These models are often referred to as product service systems (PSS) or ‘servitisation models’. The circular economy system … More

Our new colleague Stan on Innovation Sciences

2 January 2017

Our new colleague Stan van den Broek has recently graduated in Innovation Sciences. Now that he’s part of Partners for Innovation, he tells us a bit more about what his studies entail. Stan: ‘In my studies … More

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The Finance Catalyst – open for project proposals

8 December 2016

From September Partners for Innovation is welcoming project proposals on renewable energy in Sub Saharan Africa. Working for the Finance Catalyst, we offer support & advice on project development, -structuring and finance. The Finance Catalyst links … More

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European conference on plastics

5 December 2016

Plastics are an integral part of our daily life. They  changed our society fundamentally in the previous century. Being moldable, strong and cheap they present many advantages. However, plastics also pose a number of complex problems. … More

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Meet JACK: the foldable e-scooter

28 November 2016

Amsterdam is booming  when it comes to tourism. The number of people visiting the Dutch capital has increased over the years and reached a record level this year. This asks for smart solutions. Residents, tourists and … More

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Masterplan on the Plastics Cycle

21 October 2016

The collection of plastics is not only a ‘hot topic’ but also a great success. Unfortunately, the recycling is not so straightforward. Worldwide, countries are collecting and recycling plastic waste to make their economy more and … More

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E-commerce: a guide to sustainable packaging

20 September 2016

Partners for Innovation has written a guide to sustainable packaging. In this guide you find innovative ideas coming from the Dutch Association for Paper and Board Mills (VNP), the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) and … More

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A powerboat that doesn’t leave a trace

17 September 2016

Clean, fast and style are the key words that describe the new electric powerboat developed by Edorado Marine. In their Edorado 7S project, they present a sustainable alternative for conventional combustion engine driven powerboats. By realizing … More

Conference on female entrepreneurship in Niger

13 September 2016

Managing Director of Partners for Innnovation Niger, Rakiatou Gazibo, will give a speech on september the 17th at a conference of the Council of Nigerans in France (Conseil des Nigériens de France) in Paris. The conference … More

Market opportunities for biogas in Mozambique

12 September 2016

Partners for Innovation has carried out a field study for SNV, in order to assess the market opportunities for the application of biogas in Mozambique. The research focused specifically on sanitation and the agri-food sector. Reasonably … More

Opportunities for youth entrepreneurship in Niger

29 August 2016

On August 12th, International Youth Day 2016, Partners for Innovation and AgriProFocus organized  an  event where young entrepreneurs met with  financial institutions. Three ministers, three NGOs, two financial institutions, five agricultural organizations, four youth institutions and … More

Succesful first edition of Packaging Industry 2016

21 June 2016

Partners for Innovation attended as a media partner the first edition of the Packaging Industry 2016 event, organised by Management Producties. During the event, companies that represent different parts of the circular value chain of food … More


Migration of mineral oils into food

14 June 2016

The migration of mineral oils into food is something that has been known and researched for several decades. In spite of all the research, the toxicology and origin from where the mineral oils migrate from, remain … More

New interns: Dennis and Sophie

12 April 2016

We are happy to introduce our new interns: Sophie van den Berg and Dennis de Wit. Sustainable solutions in Uganda Sophie van den Berg is a student Science, Business and Innovation (SBI) at the VU Amsterdam. She’s … More

Packaging Industry 2016

25 March 2016

At the event Packaging Industry 2016, top speakers will share their vision about Sustainable Packaging and how the entire supply chain can work together to achieve the transition to the Circular Economy. Packaging Industry 2016 is … More

Circular Economy receives Royal attention

22 March 2016

The Economic Mission during the State Visit of Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima on 10 and 11 March focused on “Circular Economy”. During the state visit, a special publication on the Circular Economy was … More

Join our new circular chain projects!

2 March 2016

Sustainable Innovations is an activity that can’t be done by one company alone. Strategic co-operation in the supply chain is key. This means working together with suppliers and customers to provide the best possible service and … More

Green energy technologies in Uganda

29 January 2016

The growing trend of the tourist sector in Uganda increases the use of natural sources. The absence of a (reliable) connection to grid electricity forces lodges in Uganda to regulate their own energy supply. This has … More

New colleague: Carla Koster

18 January 2016

We are happy to introduce our new colleague Carla Koster. She recently joined us at Partners for Innovation as a financial administration expert. She works on our internal administration and also on the administrative and financial … More

CIRCO inspiration and network event

14 January 2016

CIRCO creating business through circular design: that is the purpose of companies and designers in cooperation with CIRCO. The ‘Week of Circular Economy’ gives the opportunity to share inspiration, experiences and knowledge. Join our CIRCO event: … More

CIRCO Circular Design Class @TUDelft

12 January 2016

Are you curious about the circular economy and what your role as a designer will be in a circular world? Would you like to apply circular design principles in your work, but does putting them into practice … More

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New colleague Marc Marsidi

3 December 2015

We are happy to introduce our new colleague Marc Marsidi. He recently joined us at Partners for Innovation as advisor Sustainable Innovation. Marc supports companies and governmental organizations to realize their sustainability goals. He combines his knowledge … More

Separating green waste with the BioBoxx

3 November 2015

How to convince clients that changing the way you handle green waste has added value for the environment and your organisation? By showing them. Partners for Innovation develops an  environment and cost-tool for the BioBoxx. The Bioboxx is … More


Ecotourism in Northern Uganda

This October, Thomas Dietz visited Northern Uganda for a project on sustainable ecotourism. In this project Partners for Innovation investigates and develops green solutions for lodges and hotels together with  SNV. The project focuses on lodges and … More

Agroforestry-based Entrepreneurship in Senegal

2 November 2015

Partners for Innovation, in collaboration with Oxfam in Senegal,  organised a mini-conference on Agroforestry-based Entrepreneurship in Dakar.  This conference was made possible with help from the Dutch Embassy in Dakar. During this mini-conference, participants (local mayors, … More

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Market, curse or blessing? (part 2)

29 October 2015

Emiel Hanekamp shares his thoughts on the effects the market has on sustainability and environment in this column. Whereas he seemed  opposed to too much marketforce in his  April column, recent experiences in Africa have influenced … More

New colleague : Adamou Salissou

20 October 2015

We have strenghtened our team in West-Africa with a new advisor: Adamou Salissou, specialist Agroforestry. Adamou Salissou previously worked as head division of Reforestation, Land and Landscape Management for the Ministry of Environment in Niger.  Before he worked at different … More

Guidelines Designing with Recycled Plastics

9 October 2015

We are proud to present our new Guidelines for Designing with Recycled Plastics. In this Guidelines Designing with Recycled Plastics, the most important tips and tricks are shared, for the application of recycled plastic in (high-end) injection … More

Solar PV on our Amsterdam office

5 October 2015

In September we have installed 10 Solar PV panels, in total 2500 Wp, on the roof of our office in Amsterdam. We are certainly not the first company to generate practically all of the electricity we use, … More

Presentation: Guidelines Design with Recycled Plastics

22 September 2015

On the 23rd of september, Eelco Smit, Sustainability Director of Philips International, presented the Guidelines Design with Recycled Plastics at the Kunststoffenbeurs in Veldhoven (NL). In these Guidelines the most important tips and tricks  for the … More

Alternative cooking fuels in Sub-Saharan Africa

17 September 2015

In August, Partners for Innovation started a study on cooking fuels for the World Bank Group. The study focuses on four countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Madagascar. Objective of the study is to research, explore and … More

Smart Industry

PfI Academy Lean and Smart Industry

9 July 2015

Lean and Smart Industry Last tuesday, June 30, we had a PfI Academy on Lean and Smart Industry. A subject that gave enough food for thought after the presentations and was something to keep on talking about during … More

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New Colleague: Thomas Dietz

5 June 2015

Thomas Dietz started as advisor Sustainable Innovation & Sustainable Biomass at Partners for Innovation. He combines knowledge in the field of sustainable use of resources and energy with a personal interest in innovation to provide companies and governments with … More

MIT: Financing Dutch SMEs

4 June 2015

MIT is a Dutch grant scheme directed at innovative SMEs. The scheme is currently open for projects that match the Dutch Top Sectors Policy. MIT offers SME’s an opportunity to get extra funding for innovative R&D projects. Collaboration … More

Biogas in Mozambique

1 June 2015

In May, Partners for Innovation started a biogas sector study for SNV in Mozambique. Objective of the study is to research, explore and validate the market potential and relevant business models for biogas in Mozambique. This … More

Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunity

21 May 2015

Partners for Innovation is now a Knowledge Sharing Partner of the recently launched “Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunity” (HIO) initiative. HIO is a multi-stakeholder coalition, co-chaired by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations … More

Design Class: Business Models for Circular Design

18 May 2015

Designers can make a significant contribution to the circular economy. It all starts with the right business model and development of a plan that works that matches the strategy of the company. That was the main outcome of … More

Agroforestry Business Planning

First Agroforestry Business Planning Workshop in Senegal

7 May 2015

15 local agroforestry entrepreneurs participated in the first Agroforestry Business Planning Workshop organised in Tambacounda in Senegal.  Participants developed a business-plan for on-going agroforestry activities – both horticulture gardening and plantation of gomme arabique. They presented … More

PfI Academy: From Plant to Product

4 May 2015

The PfI Academy on April 30th 2015 was fully dedicated to the theme: “From plant to product”. Three experts on the biobased economy shared their views on the latest developments with the participants. Marten Hamelink, senior … More

Emiel Hanekamp

Column – A business approach: curse or blessing?

30 April 2015

In 1996 the Dutch government published its first policy paper on Environment and Economy. This memorandum laid the foundation for the detachement between economic growth and environmental impact. The paper created quite a stir and its principles still … More

Senegal launches entrepreneurial agroforestry programme

31 March 2015

On March 4th 2015, Oxfam and its partners, local authorities, regional and communal extended services, microfinance organisations and local NGOs launched its three years programme on entrepreneurial agroforestry. The launching workshop was chaired by the Governor … More

Renewable Energy for Transportation

30 March 2015

On march 5th ABN AMRO Norway and the Dutch Norwegian Business Network organised a seminar on ‘Developments in renewable energy for transportation’ in Oslo. Emiel Hanekamp was invited to give a presentation on biofuels and the opportunities … More

Plastic reduces environmental impact automotive

18 March 2015

The use of drable plastic applications, lightweight components and integration of various functions may reduce the environmental impact the automotive industry has. Following the energy effiency agreements (MJA3), Dutch government and industry aim to achieve an improvement of … More

Design Guidelines for Applying Plastic Recyclate

11 March 2015

Graduate intern Abel Gerrits supports Partners for Innovation in the development of design guidelines to make knowledge concerning plastic recyclate in high-end injection moulded products widely and easily accessible. During the project frontrunners (amongst which Philips, … More

Projects Sustainable Biomass and Agroforestry

5 February 2015

Check out the world map with our: Projects on Sustainable Biomass and Agroforestry Colleagues and associated experts in Africa and Asia. Click on the map the enlarge. Click on the pins and the puppets to read more. The … More

Rakiatou Gazibo New Managing Director PfI Niger

25 January 2015

Rakiatou Gazibo has been appointed director of the first Partners for Innovation office in Africa: PfI Niger. Rakiatou is an agriculture, livestock and food science entrepreneurship expert. She has been collaborating with Partners for Innovation on … More

Chain projects: Sustainable Packaging with Paper and Cardboard

20 January 2015

The Association of Dutch Paper and Board Manufacturers (VNP) initiated several chain projects on sustainable packaging with paper and cardboard. The projects were set up within the framework of the Long-Term Agreements on Energy Efficiency (MJA). Partners … More

Commercial Funding for Renewable Energy Projects

14 January 2015

Partners for Innovation and Paul van Aalst are commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) to identify commercial funding opportunities for seven sustainable energy projects. The projects are developed with supported of the Daey Ouwens Fund. … More

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Promoting Agroforestry Enterprise Development in Senegal

9 January 2015

Partners for Innovation and Oxfam Senegal jointly received a subsidy from the Dutch Embassy in Dakar to identify the potential for agroforestry-based enterprise development. The Netherlands embassy has been promoting agroforestry in Senegal through its environmental … More

New Year – New Office

1 January 2015

Partners for Innovation kicked-off 2015 in a new office: located in the same street, only 190 footsteps away and double the size. The new office offers a lot more space for sustainable innovation. We now have … More

Circular Economy Lab 8: The Value of Plastics

Circular Economy Lab 8: The Value of Plastics

4 December 2014

“How can we turn plastic waste into a valuable recycling stream and increase the use of recycled plastic as raw material for products and packaging?” This was central question in the Circular Economy Lab on the … More

Biogas in Ghana

1 November 2014

In October 2014, Emiel Hanekamp (Partners for Innovation) and associated expert Julius Ahiekpor from the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (CEESD), presented the results of the feasibility study for the implementation of 200 institutional biogas … More

The Added Value of Circular Packaging

27 October 2014

Packaging is for most people a symbol of the “throw-away” society. Siem Haffmans advocates just the opposite. In the Circular Economy packaging is indispensable to prevent waste of food and products. Packaging makes money, and circular packaging … More

Pilot Agroforestry Gardens Mali

22 October 2014

Together with Oxfam and the NGO Stop Sahel, Partners for Innovation developed a project to pilot smallholder agroforestry enterprises in Mali. Stop Sahel has been working with farmers for 25 years to develop ecological agroforestry gardens. Some … More

Emiel Hanekamp

Column: Chain Agreement Recyled Plastic

9 October 2014

Netherlands is one of the leaders in Europe in the recycling of plastics. In package recycling the Netherlands is even nr. 1. Nevertheless, there are still significant challenges to increase the application of recycled plastics. Approximately … More

Stakeholder Workshop Institutional Biogas Ghana

5 September 2014

On 27 August, Emiel Hanekamp gave a presentation about the feasibility study on institutional biogas in Ghana. The workshop was attended by 30 key stakeholders from government institutes, NGO’s, private enterprises and research institutes in Ghana. … More

Biofuel Pricing Framework

Biofuel Pricing Framework Mozambique

23 August 2014

Partners for Innovation has presented the preliminary test results of the draft Mozambican biofuel pricing framework. Based on interviews with stakeholders and literature research, the research identifies three main price mechanisms: market oriented, cost plus price … More

Monitoring Protocol for Land Adminstration in Mozambique

15 August 2014

The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Mozambique requested Partners for Innovation to design a monitoring protocol for land administration in Mozambique. The protocol is designed for GESTERRA, a Dutch/Swedish funded project that will build the capacity of … More

Chain Agreement Recycled Plastics

3 August 2014

Partners for Innovation signed the national “Chain Agreement Recycled Plastic”. This means that we continue to actively work on projects aimed at closing the plastic chain loop. The chain agreement stems from a joint effort of … More

BIo2Watt Biogas Powerplant

Construction Bio2Watt Biogas Power Plant started

23 June 2014

Construction of the 4MW biogas power plant in Bronkhorstspruit has started. The Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Power Plant Pty Ltd is a South-African independent power producer (IPP), formed by Bio2Watt. About 40,000 tonnes a year of cattle manure … More

The Positive Impact of Cradle to Cradle Certification

10 June 2014

The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Products Innovation Institute designed an framework to measure the economic, social, and environmental impacts of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products. The framework guides the continuous improvement of design and manufacturing to make products … More

Camila Fix

Camila Fix joins the team as Associated Expert Brazil

28 May 2014

This Spring, Camila Fix, product designer from Brazil, joined Partners for Innovation as Associated Expert. Camila has over 12 years of experience in design, marketing and new business development in Brazil and The Netherlands. She worked for … More

Sander de Knegt

Circular Economy Boostcamp

14 May 2014

Cycling the canals as the basis for new products, a design for two circular neighborhoods and the start of a working group to promote circular consumer behavior. Those are some of the breakthroughs that have been … More

Emiel Hanekamp

What’s it gonna be: CSR, C2C, CSV or CE?

5 May 2014

Creating Shared Value (CSV​​), introduced by leading economists Michael Porter and Mark Kramer in Harvard Business Review, has become very popular in the boardrooms of large companies. But how does CSV compare to all those other … More

Workshop Food Waste

30 April 2014

Workshop Food Waste: During the 3d Free Haven Circular Economy that took place on April 10, Siem Haffmans of Partners for Innovation and Martine Groenewegen from De Klik, conducted a design workshop on food waste. In four … More

Elke Roetman

Elke Roetman

29 April 2014

On April 1st, Elke Roetman joined the Partners for Innovation team. Upon completion of her studies in International Relations at the University of Groningen, she gained extensive experience as consultant public funding at PNO Consultants and … More

PfI Academy: Old and New Partners Share Expertise

20 April 2014

On Thursday 17 April the PfI Academy took place. On the agenda: New cooperation partner Camila Fix presented her portfolio and talked about EcoDesign and Sustainable Innovation projects in Brazil. Juliette Etienne, studying Intenatonal Relations at … More

Plastic and Rubber in the Automotive Industry

11 April 2014

By replacing metal by plastic and rubber, the automotive sector can reduce its environmental impact over the life cycle significantly. Lighter parts and function integration reduce the environmental impact and increase energy efficiency in the supply … More

32 million for SME Innovation Top Sectors

7 April 2014

The Dutch MIT scheme was published March 12. There is a total of €32 million available for SMEs with a need for innovation in nine top sectors. First-come, first-serve as of 15 April As of 15 April there … More

Trainee Walter Schagen Researches Biobased Plastics

19 March 2014

Trainee Walt Schagen supports Partners for Innovation with a research project on the environmental impact, cost and added value of biobased plastics. Schagen uses the biobased plastics assessment tool developed earlier this year as the basis for … More

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PPPs for African Energy Projects

27 February 2014

African energy projects should be implemented through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). This is Partners for Innovation’s firm belief, based on important successes with this approach. Successful projects include: Financial closure of South-African first biogas facility at … More

South-African Collaboration Jason Schäffler

South-African Collaboration Jason Schäffler

25 February 2014

Partners for Innovation is intensifying its collaboration with Jason Schäffler (Nano Energy) in South Africa. Schäffler is an experienced developer and technical and policy analyst specialized in energy, electricity and renewable energy. Emiel Hanekamp: “In previous … More

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Recycling wall paint saves environment

10 January 2014

VVVF, Sita and Ursa Paint have collected paint residues and successfully recycled it into new paint. A life cycle analysis conducted by Partners for Innovation and IVAM Environmental Research shows that recycling paint yields an environmental … More

Making Money with the Circular Economy

Workshop Earning money with the Circular Economy

20 December 2013

Partners for Innovation facilitated the workshop “Making Money with the Circular Economy” during the FME Platform Successfully Sustainable event on December 10. The workshop showed that the circular economy offers the Dutch industry many opportunities for … More

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Innofest: Financing Energy Innovations

12 December 2013

At Innofest 2013 NL Agency and the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) brought together innovative entrepreneurs in the energy sector and potential investors. The meeting took place on 28 november in Kasteel Groeneveld There is a … More

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Upscaling Agroforestry in Nigeria with Oxfam

20 November 2013

Partners for Innovation will be supporting Oxfam Novib Nigeria to scale up Agroforestry activities in northern Nigeria. As a follow-up of earlier EU projects carried out in the ’90, 5.5 million new trees will be planted … More

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International Biomass Market Opportunities

15 November 2013

Partners for Innovation started a research project on international market opportunities for the production, preservation and import of biomass for energy and chemicals. The project is commissioned by NL Agency. The research consist of three parts: … More

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Partners for Innovation joins Circle Economy

8 November 2013

Partners for Innovation has joined the platform Circle Economy. In Circle Economy, founded by Robert Jan Ogtrop, companies are working together to make the transition from the current linear economy to the circular economy. With her … More


EcoDesign: Driver for Innovation

1 November 2013

On Tuesday October 29th, the Syntens North Holland Materials Circle organised a meeting about Ecodesign in the metal and plastics industry. Emiel Hanekamp from Partners for Innovation was invited to give a presentation about Ecodesign as … More

H2020: Good news from Brussels

28 October 2013

Have you heard of ‘Horizon 2020’, the new EU Framework Programme? Between 2014 and 2020 Brussel will provide approximately 80 billion euro for new research and innovation projects. This offers great opportunities for Dutch companies that … More

Biofuel Pilot Results presented in Mozambique

This summer, Partners for Innovation guided a government monitoring delegation to verify the application of the Mozambican Biofuel Sustainability Framework (MBSF). This week the results are shared at a seminar in Beira. Monitoring visit In August, … More

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Publication: Sustainable Packaging

16 October 2013

What is Sustainable Packaging? And what is the most sustainable package for my product? The publication“Sustainable Packaging, packaging for the circular economy” is for anyone who wants to package more sustainably. This free publication (Dutch only) offers concrete … More

Carolien van Merksteijn

Van Merksteijn joins Product Innovation Team

8 October 2013

Carolien van Merksteijn has joined Partners for Innovation as a product innovation consultant. She brings over 10 years of experience in developing sustainable supply chains and new business models for the circular economy. Van Merksteijn initiated … More

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C2C Design Consultants visit Amsterdam

30 September 2013

A group of 15 international Cradle 2 Cradle Design Consultants visited Amsterdam late september. Siem Haffmans organized a weekend full of presentations and site visits. The group had participated in a training at the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) in … More

2013 Agri Hub Niger

Agri-Hub Niger connects rural entrepreneurs

20 September 2013

In three years time, Agri-Hub Niger has developed into a vibrant network for information sharing, cooperation, learning and debate amongst rural entrepreneurs. The Agri-Hub connects 20 agricultural organizations and 171 individual members in Niger, the Agroforestry … More

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LIFE+ grant DESSO’s ‘ClosedLoopCarpet’

10 September 2013

DESSO, a leading European manufacturer of high quality durable carpet has been awarded a grant from the EU LIFE+ programme for the project ‘LIFE ClosedLoopCarpet’. The main objective of the project is to demonstrate the technical … More

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Renewable Energy South Africa

30 August 2013

Partners for Innovation has become a member of the Southern African Alternative Energy Association (SAAEA). The SAAEA actively promotes renewable alternative energy solutions in southern Africa. SAAEA represents the entire alternative energy industry: wind, solar, biomass, biogas, … More

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Energy from Gasifying Rice Husk

7 August 2013

In June 2013 Emiel Hanekamp assessed the first rice husk gasification plant in South Sulawesi (Indonesia) on behalf of NL Agency. NL Agency has been supporting a project that was initiated in 2010 by the Indonesian state-owned … More

Afrique Fondation Jeunes Agroforestry

Agroforestry Gardens in Niger

7 July 2013

Partners for Innovation supported Afrique Fondation Jeunes (AFJ) in the Sahel in Niger to calculate the benefits of their Agroforestry gardens. Landowners lend out their barren land so that AFJ can educate young unemployed people to … More

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Film: towards a biobased and circular economy

27 June 2013

Short film: In our society we currently take, make, use and dispose of our products in a linear way. Nature on the other hand is working in a circular way. Due to our current –take-make-use-and-dispose- philosophy, … More

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Field Trip in Mozambique

3 June 2013

Peter Vissers is on a field trip in Mozambique to test the Biofuel Sustainability Framework in practice. He works closely together with our new part-time colleague João Chidamoio. They visit several companies across the country to … More

Cup2paper award winner ‘Samen veranderen’

7 May 2013

MVO Netherlands and energy company Eneco declared Biological Solutions the winner of the Facebook-competition ‘Samen veranderen’ (Change together). This enables Biological Solutions, the supplier of bio-based and recycled content disposables together with its coalition partner SITA … More

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Plastic: blessing or curse?

22 April 2013

‘Plastic soup’ is everywhere. Not only in physically, in oceans, seas and rivers, but also in the media. The Plastic Soup Foundation and many others are looking for solutions, but what exactly is the problem? Very … More

Niger Jardins Agroforestiers

Agroforestry in Niger

5 April 2013

This week Frank van Schoubroeck took off for Niger to undertake new Partners for Innovation activiteities in the field of Agroforestry. Commissioned by Oxfam Novib and in partnership with Afrique Fondation Jeunes (AFJ), Frank is working … More

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Frank van Schoubroeck

19 March 2013

Agroforestry-expert Frank van Schoubroeck joined Partners for Innovation as advisor. Van Schoubroeck works with smallholder farmers to improve management of natural resources. With Van Schoubroeck, Partners for Innovation broadens its knowledge and expertise on the human … More

Emiel Hanekamp

Sustainable growth, here and there

13 February 2013

In 2013, the Netherlands plans to invest 200 million euros in international climate finance for developing countries. A “waste of money”, many people might think, but is that true? “An important role in the use of … More

Top 3

Oerlemans nominated for “Aangepakt 2012”

18 January 2013

“Brammetje Bammetje”, the new packaging for a quarter loaf of bread by Oerlemans Plastics, is according to “Aangepakt 2012” (tackled) one of the Top-3 most innovative packaging solutions in the Netherlands. Approaches to reduce waste ‘Aangepakt’ … More

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Sustainable Biofuel for Mozambique

5 December 2012

NL Agency selected Partners for Innovation to pilot the biofuel sustainability framework in Mozambique. The biofuel sector offers great development potential for Mozambique. The National Biofuel Policy and Strategy adopted in 2009 has created a local … More

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Waste to resource

23 November 2012

As project manager “Waste = Resource”, Siem Haffmans brought businesses in and around the port together to reuse waste as raw material. “Although most of the waste is already recycled or incinerated, the project delivered tangible … More

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Brammetje nominated for ‘Aangepakt’ award

15 November 2012

‘Brammetje Bammetje’, the new packaging for a quarter loaf of bread -developed by Beko, Oerlemans Plastics and Partners for Innovation- is nominated for the ‘Tackled’ award organised by NedVang. With this concept, the disposal of old … More

FME Platform Succesful Sustainable

FME Platform Successful Sustainable

2 November 2012

FME will support fifty entrepreneurs in the technology industry to make their products, operations, organization and production chain more sustainable. To support this, it launched the FME Platform Successful Sustainable on November 1st. Partners for Innovation … More

Timmerije Vanderlande Crossorter

Sustainable Plastic Product

22 October 2012

The successful innovation project ‘Sustainable Plastic Product’, an initiative of the Dutch Federation of Rubber and Plastics (NRK), will be organized again in 2013. Three to five NRK companies will have the opportunity to participate in … More

Roderick Ruinard

Intern assesses WARM methodology

10 October 2012

Roderick Ruinard, intern at Partners for Innovation, is investigating the practical applicability of the WARM method for profitable waste and return management. Roderick studies Science, Business and Innovation at the Free University of Amsterdam. During his … More

Emiel Hanekamp

Sustainability as the norm

8 October 2012

Private companies are working hard for the sustainable society. They understand better than anyone that sustainability and innovation are crucial for their own performance. But what does the government do? In his first regular column in … More


Sustainable Energy

17 September 2012

During the Energy Event at the House of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels, Emiel Hanekamp argues why Europe should invest more in renewable energy in developing countries and emerging markets. The yearly annual meeting of the … More

Roy Vercoulen

C2CPII benoemt Vice President Europe

5 September 2012

On September 5, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) from San Francisco announced that it appointed Roy Vercoulen as Vice President for its newly founded European operation. Partners for Innovation closely cooperated with Bridgett … More

Oerlemans Portieverpakking

3 Sustainable Plastic Products

5 July 2012

Three Dutch plastics manufacturers developed three new sustainable plastic products that are less harmful to the environment: Oerlemans Plastics, Timmerije and Schoeller Arca Systems.

 The products are developed under the project ‘Durable Plastic Products’, part of … More

DESSO logistiek

Desso wins Guardian Sustainable Business Award

20 June 2012

This Spring, Desso a leading European carpet and sports surfaces company, won the 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business Award in the waste and recycling category. Partners for Innovation supports Desso in designing and rolling out a number … More

DAF roofspoiler

DAF Roof Spoiler

4 June 2012

DAF Trucks introduces a lighter roof spoiler with a greater adjustment range. The new adjustment mechanism allows the driver to easily adjust the spoiler at the optimum height. The new roof spoiler fits perfectly within the … More

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New call EU Eco-Innovation program

24 May 2012

The European CIP Eco-Innovation program launched a new call for proposals. Deadline for submission of proposals is 6 september 2012. With a budget of 34.8 million euro the program offers good opportunities for business actors wanting … More


Scaling-up Agroforesty in Senegal

1 May 2012

Agroforestry is a technology by which useful trees are intercropped with agricultural crops. Partners for Innovation and GOVGA start a feasibility study together with Oxfam to scale up agroforestry in Senegal. Agroforestry has particular benefits, especially … More


Industry waste becomes resource

20 April 2012

Reuse of waste offers great opportunities for industry. But the economy is in trouble and investments are high.  Still, the municipalities of Amsterdam, Zaandam and the Amsterdam harbour together with Partners for Innovation set up four … More

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Workshop: Sustainable Packaging of Meat

2 April 2012

Meat has a major impact on the environment, but what about the packaging? 18 people from the sector examined this question during the workshop of the Network for Sustainable Packaging on March 29, 2012. The following … More

Ecowas conference Mali 2012

Regional BioEnergy Forum Mali

30 March 2012

From 19 to 22 March, Emiel Hanekamp attended the ECOWAS Regional Bioenergy Forum in Bamako, Mali. The Forum was organised by the ECOWAS Centre for Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Global Energy Partnership … More


Collecting lamps and luminaires

31 January 2012

On behalf of LightRec and Wecycle, Partners for Innovation investigated the collection of lamps and luminaires by housing corporations. Main conclusions: Each year about 1 million fluorescent lamps are being disposed of; The majority is collected … More

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Energy Efficient Lighting

25 January 2012

On 25 January 2012, Partners for Innovation organized two workshops on sustainable lighting in Alkmaar. A total of 50 people participated in both workshops. The workshop for lighting professionals was very well attended. The high participation … More

Green resources

Green resources

24 January 2012

On 24 January, Partners for Innovation participated in the networking event: ‘green resources for everyday products’. The event was organized by Agentschap NL in the Rijtuigenloods in Amersfoort. Biobased economy The biobased economy obtains its raw … More

Champ de Canne

Sustainable Biofuels Training Madagascar

29 December 2011

Commissioned by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Western Indian Ocean, Partners for Innovation provided a training for the Platform for Sustainable Biofuels in Madagascar in November and December of 2011. The aim of the training was … More

Jatropha Biofuel

31 March 2011

Partners for Innovation conducted a life cycle assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions of biofuels from Jatropha, cultivated in Mozambique by Sun Biofuels. The results were contrasted with the European Renewable Energy Directive requirement of 35% … More