Zoomland viaduct: bio-based showcase across the motorway
Zoomland viaduct: bio-based showcase across the motorway

Field voles, pine martens and foxes already know where the Zoomland viaduct is. The Brabant Landscape Foundation has recorded images showing this. The images were displayed last month during a mini symposium in Bergen op Zoom about the first bio-based viaduct in the Netherlands. The viaduct was recently put into operation as a passage for wildlife across the A58 motorway, but it also has space for a new cycle route to Roosendaal.

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‘There must be benefits for primary producers as well’
‘There must be benefits for primary producers as well’

Ireland has a long and strong history of bio-based production and processing. The agrifood industry provides employment to more than 8% of the total working population, Irish agrifood exports are at an all-time high, forestry products exhibit strong export growth and the use of bio energy is at its highest point ever.

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‘Nobody can imagine what fully circular means’
‘Nobody can imagine what fully circular means’

Circular is very trendy. The Circular Economy and Bio-Based Economy were once abstract concepts, but these days their contours and identity are becoming increasingly clear. Practical projects like the construction of the Circl building in Amsterdam make ‘circular’ tangible. Power companies are converting their power stations so they can run on biomass. CO2 is still a threat, but it is also being seen more and more as a promising raw material for green chemistry. For the first time in Dutch political history, the circular economy has been included in the coalition agreement.

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