Vice Minister for the Environment Roald Lapperre will visit Washington D.C, California, and Arizona Nov. 15-19, focusing on smart mobility, circular economy, and climate adaptation.

Highlights of his program include meetings with the US Departments of Transportation and State Department, the World Bank, a keynote speech at mobility conference CoMotion Los Angeles, and several company visits such as Rebel and Cruise.

Dutch and American stakeholders for years have worked together and exchanged expertise on smart mobility, circular economy, and resiliency issues. This visit is meant to continue the Dutch-American partnerships that were made during the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018.

The visit program includes:

  • Nov. 15, Washington, D.C.: Vice Minister Lapperre will meet with Assistant Secretary Annie Petsonk of the Department of Transportation; meeting with the team of Climate Envoy John Kerry of the Department of State; bike tour on cycling infrastructure with the Washington, D.C. Planning Director; private sector roundtable on the circular economy.
  • Nov. 16, Washington, D.C.: Meeting with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida; visit to the World Bank, where he will meet with Executive Director Koen Davidse and Vice President Voegele.
  • Nov. 17, Los Angeles: Keynote speech at CoMotion Los Angeles; meeting with California Secretary for Environmental Protection Jared Blumenfeld, Environment Protection Agency; Meeting with LA Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggings, and the LA department of Transportation.
  • Nov. 18, Sacramento: Meetings with California’s Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot and David Kim, Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency; company visit to Rebel.
  • Nov. 19, Phoenix: Mobility roundtable with local agencies and governments; meeting on circular economy with City of Phoenix, Arizona State University and GPEC; company visit to Cruise.

Circular economy

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States see many opportunities to work together in resiliency, smart and e-mobility, and circular economy initiatives. Companies on both sides of the Atlantic aim to explore markets, make connections, and establish partnerships.

“The Netherlands has the ambition to become a fully circular economy by 2050 because we believe addressing climate change and profitable business go hand in hand,” said Ambassador André Haspels. “The Netherlands is taking a major leap toward becoming resilient and fully circular, but we are not there yet. International cooperation is necessary to reach our goals. I am, therefore, glad that the Netherlands and the United States share a pioneering and inventive spirit, which is based on our climate and environmental partnership. This visit is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, knowledge, and expertise to prepare the Netherlands, the US, and the rest of the world for a better future in resiliency, smart mobility, and the circular economy.”

For more details, contact Mr. Sietze Vermeulen, Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco: +1 415 866 5572, Sietze.Vermeulen@minbuza.nl.