At present, we still use our raw materials and fossil fuels too often as if they were inexhaustible. We make products as cheap as… The agreement focuses on national and international metallurgical companies to improve the visibility of the entire supply chain and maximize the impact of participants` collective activities. In the oleochemical industry, fats have long been used as a raw material for chemicals, materials and products. Similar developments for proteins are still in their infancy. The benefits of bio-based substances are that raw materials regrow, products are not or less toxic and are often biodegradable. These products are less harmful to the environment, to human health in general and to workers who have to work with these substances in particular. Examples of application are polymers, detergents, cosmetics, shampoos, lubricants, form ablation oils, plasticizers in plastics, plastics and coatings, paints, resins and adhesives. In addition, they are a renewable alternative to fossil and mineral products. An important step was reached with the concrete agreement signed on 10 July by a joint venture of 4 Dutch ministries and 50 companies in the construction sector. The agreement stipulates that cooperation and transparency in the concrete value chain must encourage the requirement of “green” concrete. Sustainability criteria will be included in tenders, the target of 100% high-quality recycled concrete is expected to be met by 2030 and CO2 emissions are expected to be significantly reduced.
As a result of this agreement, all stakeholders are beginning to take action and monitor progress. The IRBC agreements are a way for business and other stakeholders to improve their performance in good international governance. A number of companies are already identifying and addressing risks. However, based on OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises, the sector found gaps in its approach. In recent years, the Netherlands has been among the European leaders, with a recycling rate of over 80% and a high rate of material productivity (in euros, per kg of materials). In the government`s circular economy programme, the Dutch government indicates how to move forward from this position, in order to achieve a circular economy in which raw materials are used in the smartest way possible. Minister Dijksma: “We will need an additional planet if we continue to extract scarce raw materials from the earth at this rate.