From linear to circular
The so-called ‘circular economy’ is providing opportunities to examine new concepts in our industry. Our definition of the circular economy consists of reusing, recycling and recovering water, resources and nutrients to create a more sustainable environment both at home and in the workplace.
The world is a rapidly changing place, not least due to the impact of climate change. Unless we act urgently to mitigate the effect of climate change, it will have a dramatic impact on our lives and the lives of our children and our childrens’ children. The historic Paris agreement on climate change not only set a path for 195 nations to keep temperature rises well below 2 degrees Celsius, but also introduced initiatives to combat climate change and promote investment in a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future. Climate change has already had a major impact in certain geographical regions around the world – we all need to work together to reduce the impact further over the coming decades.
A partner for our growing global customer base
During 2016 we achieved some significant milestones and we are proud of our growing customer base across a broad band of sectors and industries. The increased focus on the Nijhuis Industries brand awareness is helping to embed our company profile in the minds of our customers as the company of choice for sustainable waste to value solutions.
From ego to eco:
Sustainable Water Use & Resource Recovery
We are equally excited about the increasing shift from ‘welfare’ to ‘well-being’ and from ‘ego’ to ‘eco’. These changes, especially in the developing world, promote the need for a more transparent solution and a more active contribution from the users of our innovative technologies and solutions. A new concept of ‘social innovation’ is becoming increasingly important in technical and process development.
The next industrial revolution
The rate of change, for what we perceive to be solid business models, is accelerating. This is largely due to the rapid development of technology, in particular the use of the internet, smartphones, 3D printers and virtual reality. These developments are fueling the next industrial revolution. The question we need to ask is; how can we create opportunities for sustainable energy solutions where we for example enter into a 'partnership with the sun'? Can we learn from nature by designing our waste to value solutions in a way that mimics the natural world rather than causing it harm? We need to ensure that these are fundamental tenets of our business objectives.
Sustainable Development Goals
To help create a context for our objectives, we can look to the United Nations to see what we can achieve together to transform our world. The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), part of the United Nations, seeks to provide leadership and catalyse action in promoting and coordinating implementation of internationally agreed development goals. They have created a set of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that focus on people, planet and prosperity.
How can we respond to these goals?
At Nijhuis Industries, we can help to meet several of these important goals such as improving clean water and sanitation, implementing affordable and clean energy solutions and promoting initiatives for sustainable cities and communities. For example, the installations we have delivered in Ghana and Burkina Faso that treat waste and turn it into biogas, which is used for energy, are one of the examples of turning waste into value. Delivering an installation to reuse the water of the seal rescue centre in the Netherlands is another great example where animal welfare and sustainability objectives can be combined.
In the Netherlands for example, our contributions towards a sustainable environment also include being part of the Nutrient Ambition 2018 of the Dutch Nutrient platform. We are also an active member of the Netherlands Water Platform, co-organizing the Amsterdam International Water Week together with Aquatech, our involvement with the Dutch Poultry Centre and regional innovation hubs to succesfully develop sustainable solutions to convert biomass or manure into clean water and biodegrable fertilizers. These will all provide a platform which will help to contribute towards these goals.
What would you do to make the world a better place and what keeps you awake?
At Nijhuis we believe in anticipating the challenges within the industry and we recognize that cities for example, require smart and solid solutions in a world which is constantly changing. We call this a “fluid” world. We have a lot to offer our customers and communities and we look forward to continuing our journey together to embrace the opportunities of the circular economy and create a more sustainable world. Nijhuis Industries, our business partners, other stakeholders and above all you, can make an impact on how we are going to shape our future!
By promoting best practice across our worldwide businesses, gained in more than 2400 references combined with continuous innovation and improvement, we can ensure that the wealth of knowledge that we have developed is used to our best advantage. But besides solving your waste and water challenges, we are also keen to understand what ‘keeps you awake’ in order to make sure our research & development activities are responding to your immediate needs and requirements. When it comes to success, it’s all about people and the relationships between our growing customer base, our team and our business partners are fundamental to our success.