Nijhuis NEWS - Edition 16 - January 2019

Circularity; no time to lose!

Last year’s very warm summer and the recent floods in many parts of the world, have clearly shown the vulnerability of our eco-system and the immediate effect of climate change. At the same time, August 1st 2018 was marked as ‘earth overshoot day’. This marked the first time that global resource consumption outpaced the earth’s yearly renewal capacity. The unlimited consumption and disposal of increasingly scarce resources such as water, nutrients, organic matter and energy, are all the unfortunate consequences of today’s non-circular standards and practices. Waste and (waste)water treatment should no longer be focused only on safe disposal, but also on resource recovery.

For example, the circular economy of reusing treated animal manure should reduce the use of non-organic fertilizers. In the near future, circularity may be one of the only answers to the ever increasing needs of our growing population, whilst trying to limit the current pace of climate change.

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Applying smart and sustainable engineering principles

Besides offering a solid business case, our team is successfully helping our clients to contribute to the circular economy. This is done by applying the smart and sustainable principles of Nijhuis: reduce, reuse and recover. We are highly motivated by our customers’ desires to implement and benefit from our recently introduced innovations, our turn-key solutions, and the extensive experience we have gained in operation & maintenance across a growing number of sites in the Netherlands, UK, Central Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

Transition from linear to circular economy

The transition to a circular economy is not only a necessity, but also an opportunity. It will help to improve your environmental footprint, and thereby help to secure your license to operate, especially in areas facing water scarcity. This is all possible whilst achieving the lowest possible CAPEX and OPEX. The current project management and engineering for a leading Polish poultry and meat processing company, to deliver the largest water re-use solution in the world (in their industry), is just one of these examples which proves that leading companies are taking responsibility and are helping to protect the environment by turning cost into profit.

At the same time, our Polish client will reduce their vulnerability towards the negative impact of climate change, and secure their license to operate. Flexibility and life-cycle cost are of strategic importance, hence why a growing number of our clients are looking for decentralized solutions, on demand.

‘Glocalized’ solutions and water on demand'

We are very grateful for the continuous support from our rapidly expanding and loyal client base around the world. However, we realise that we can only help you to resolve your waste and (waste)water challenges by developing affordable and customized local solutions. This is why we are expanding our local presence in multiple countries and regions around the world, like recently in emerging countries such as Egypt and Mexico.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you believe we can help you, or your team members around the globe, to develop a better world together!

Very best regards,

Menno M. Holterman, Chief Executive Officer