From energy-neutral houses to emission-free cars and living with the water, the Netherlands has an ambitious agenda to reach the Paris Climate Agreement, with a goal of reaching a 50 percent CO2 emission reduction by 2050. During the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, September 12-14, the Dutch delegation will highlight innovative ways of reaching this target, while also strengthening the economy and businesses. Dutch Minister for the Environment Stientje van Veldhoven will represent the Dutch government, together with more than 50 Dutch businesses and organizations.

“The Netherlands and California are partners on climate action,” says Gerbert Kunst, Consul General of the Netherlands in San Francisco. “The Netherlands and California both believe that climate action and profitable business go hand in hand. Our innovative Dutch approach brings smart solutions to global and societal challenges like climate change. I look forward to continue working with California in partnership to find practical solutions to reach the climate goals set and have a strong and sustainable economy.”

The Netherlands will focus on three topics during the Global Climate Action Summit: a circular economy, resiliency and smart mobility. Highlights during the week include:

  • The Netherlands wants to have a circular economy by 2050, a sustainable economy without any waste, cutting CO2 emissions drastically. The “Closing the Loop” principle requires a revolution of how modern economies work, and the Minister for the Environment will present the opportunities of a circular economy in the GCAS plenary session. Together with the City of San Francisco, the Dutch delegation will further elaborate on the topic in the event “Transitioning to a Circular Economy,” at the Netherlands Consulate.
  • What a circular economy looks like can be seen in the Westfield San Francisco Center. The exhibition “Clean Revolution, Dutch Design for a Better World’ showcases Dutch fashion and designs, made from recycled and sustainable materials including handbags made from the stomach of a cow and leather made from palm leaves.The exhibition is free of admission.
  • One-third of the Netherlands is below sea level. In the last 800 years, the Dutch succeeded in finding innovative solutions to water related problems that threaten communities, economic capital, and quality of life. During the event “Accelerating global climate adaptation worldwide,” Dutch water ambassador Henk Ovink will show how the Dutch are handling rising sea levels, and how communities worldwide can prepare.
  • How can the San Francisco Bay Area prepare for sea-level rise? Together with Dutch companies, Henk Ovink will present recommendations based on their experiences in the Resilience by Design Challenge. The report will be presented to California State Senators Scott Weiner and Bob Hertzberg, as well to Assembly Member Rob Bonta,and will later be handed to Governor Jerry Brown.
  • The Netherlands is a unique testing ground for smart mobility solutions. The Dutch are investing heavily in electric vehicles to move away from fossil fuels, and invest in self-driving cars. The S4C Smart e-Mobility Program between the Netherlands and California brings together experts and businesses. In the Smart Mobility event “Setting the Scene for Climate Action in Mobility and Transportation,” experts will look into the latest innovations and discuss challenges on the road ahead.

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The event program includes:

  • Accelerating Local Climate Adaptation Worldwide: September 12, 3 p.m., Water Pavilion 302 Folsom Street.
  • Setting the Scene for Climate Action in Mobility and Transportation: September 12, 8:30 a.m., Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in San Francisco, 120 Kearny Street.
  • Clean Revolution, Dutch Design Expo for a Better World: September 13-14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Westfield San Francisco Center, 865 Market Street. The official opening is on September 13, 1:15 p.m.
  • Transitioning to a Circular Economy – Food Waste and Plastics in the Circular City: September 14, 8 a.m., Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, 120 Kearny Street