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Rotterdam’s circular economy to create 7,000 jobs

The Dutch city unveils ambitious plan driven by sustainability

The Dutch city unveils ambitious plan driven by sustainability

Rotterdam has mapped out a bold vision to become a circular economy by 2050, a move that could create 7,000 jobs within a decade. The city wants to become a ‘living laboratory’ in which to test new ideas for a waste-free future.

According to the Circular Rotterdam report, IT services such as software development are set to offer the greatest employment potential; of the 7,000 jobs the City of Rotterdam hopes to create, around a third will be in digital activities that support a circular economy. A further 21 per cent will be dedicated to preserving and extending the lifespan of products that already exist.

“With its harbour and strong culture of designers and architects, Rotterdam has a unique opportunity to become truly circular in the coming decades,” said report co-author Pieter van Exter.

Image: Jurriaan Snikkers

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