ReCirc Singapore Community of Practice

Kees Roest PhD BSc, Johann Poinapen PhD, FIEAust, CPEng

  • Start date
    01 Feb 2020
  • End date
    30 Jun 2021
  • Principal
    Netherlands Enterprise Agency (
  • collaborating partners
    ReCirc Singapore partners: Witteveen+Bos, Waternet, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solution, Nijhuis Industries, Paques, CirTec, World of Walas, Blue Phoenix Group, Asia Pacific Breweries, Organic Village, Delft University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research and Upp! UpCycling Plastic, Singapore Public Utility Board (PUB), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National Environment Agency (Singapore)

The main aim of the project is to establish a joint Singaporean-Dutch Community of Practice (CoP) to exchange knowledge and business opportunities relating to Zero Waste and circular objectives in Singapore and the Netherlands.

The CoP will result in an engagement environment around the creation of circular innovations in which stakeholders across the value chain will interact and collaborate. In general, the stakeholders from both Singapore and the Netherlands will include the industry (operators), authorities (regulators), engineering companies, consultants, research institutes, representatives of non-governmental organisations, and potential end users (of technologies and recovered products). KWR will provide a general structure for the CoP meetings, and general leadership and governance for the CoP.

ReCirc Singapore partnership

Singaporean Ministries and governmental agencies are currently developing a shared vision about the best way forward for a circular economy in Singapore in addition to the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint. They are looking for support from the Netherlands because of our internationally recognised position as the frontrunner in this field. Dutch governmental agencies, knowledge institutes and companies have established a unique partnership to work on creating circular solutions in the Partners for International Business (PIB) programme Recirc Singapore.

The ReCirc partnership aims to further the transition from a linear to a circular economy, not just in Singapore and the Netherlands but worldwide. The objective is to promote innovative entrepreneurship and business opportunities for Singaporean and Dutch companies, targeting topics related to resource recovery from waste and used water:

  • resource recovery from waste water and sludge
  • food waste systems
  • incinerated bottom ash
  • plastic waste
  • integrated sustainable zero-waste solutions

Project aim

The aim of this project, which is one of the key activities of the PIB, is to set up a Community of Practice (CoP) for exchanges of knowledge among practitioners and relevant stakeholders, and extend it to link knowledge to practical challenges, resulting in solutions and business cases. A joint Singaporean-Dutch Community of Practice (CoP) for knowledge exchange and business opportunities relating to Zero Waste and circular economy objectives in Singapore and the Netherlands could offer solutions for the problems identified for the Dutch sector.

The CoP should result in an engaging environment around the creation of circular innovations in which stakeholders across the value chain will interact and collaborate. The involvement of stakeholders in the development of technology and management solutions for the circular economy is considered important in this project. To facilitate this involvement, the CoP will be instrumental and will provide business opportunities for Dutch organisations.

Key Result Areas

Four (4) key results areas have been identified in this project. They are:

  1. The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the CoP will be written and adopted.
  2. The project plan for the implementation of the CoP will written and implemented. The ownership of the CoP will be arranged and be vested with a suitable party who will safeguard its continuity.
  3. All relevant stakeholders will be involved in the development of the platform; they will be addressed, invited and participate actively in the platform.
  4. The CoP is public. It will therefore be open to, and actively promoted among, all interested relevant parties. This will include the launch.