Environment and Sustainability
We work daily on research and innovations concerning the environment and sustainability. In doing so, we contribute to a circular economy. Find out more about our work towards a sustainable society.
together towards a circular economy
We want to keep products and materials in circulation as long as possible. For example, by designing products that can be easily reused. We also help by innovating chains and applying recycling.
Our latest developments
MaterialsNL Strategic Autonomy National Research Agenda
The energy transition is consuming enormous quantities of already scarce critical raw materials including lithium, cobalt and rare earths. Raw materials shortages are only just starting, the geopolitical implications are already being felt, as are the appeals to our morality: how do we relate to the earth and the growth paradigm?
Quantifying plastic quality for a circular economy
The gamechanger in plastic recycling: TNO has developed a model for better plastic recycling: the Quality Model for Recycled Plastic.
TNO’s view of 2030: 50% of plastics designed for circularity
Our ambition for 2030: 50% plastics produced circularly. Currently, 70% of plastics are still incinerated. This can quickly be improved. Find out how.
Surprisingly, in addition to packaging, car tyres and agricultural plastic biggest sources of microplastics in the Netherlands
TNO's microplastics model has identified the biggest contributors to microplastics. There is also insight for action against microplastics.
Circularity of large household appliances in Kenya
In Kenya, consumption of large household appliances such as refrigerators, is increasing. To ensure circularity, several actions are proposed
Annemieke van de RunstraatFunctie:Project Manager
Relying on her background in chemical engineering, Annemieke has over 20 years’ experience in coordinating and setting up experimental verification programmes and conducting research in a wide range of complex environments. Her broad professional knowledge, combined with her inner drive and natural organisational and people skills, make Annemieke the supporting lifeline for many technological developments.
Ardi DortmansFunctie:Director of Science
“Wouldn't it be nice if we had to explain to our grandchildren what garbage is?”. Ardi Dortmans is director of science at Circular Economy & Environment. Both inside and outside TNO he links research to what society needs. In this way, the research field is always moving.
Caroli BuitenhuisFunctie:Expert bioplastics packaging and products
Caroli works on sustainable change for global issues around packaging, plastics and microplastics. As a professional packaging expert, she understands the complex chains of packaging. As a bioplastics expert, she works on new sustainable concepts for packaging and products that fit within the circular economy worldwide. To this end, she works closely with all links in the value chain: from sourcing a raw material to recycling into new raw material.
Bioplastics, Biobased plastics, Biowaste plastics, Circular Plastics, Circular Economy.
Erlend DeckersFunctie:Program manager circular value creation
Esther van den BeukenFunctie:Clustermanager
Esther is committed to accelerating the transition towards using circular plastics and has a clear vision on how to reach those goals. Her work on complex issues requires her to collaborate intensively with small and large companies across the whole value chain, as well as with national and European inter-branch organisations and government agencies.
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