Thanks to the FACET innovation project, money is available to hire expert advice and tailor-made advice. In collaboration with partners from Flanders, England and France, they are experimenting with circular applications in six areas: water, energy, packaging, waste, accommodation and joint purchasing.
Tourism creates mass consumption
According to Helen Roskam of Impuls Zeeland, the reuse of products and raw materials is very important for the tourism sector. “Tourism involves massive consumption of raw materials.” Tourism is expected to increase by five to eight percent in the coming years. “This puts the limited raw materials in the region under pressure.”
Choice of material
In circular entrepreneurship in the tourism sector, you can think about the design and choice of materials for accommodation or the analysis of waste for possible reuse. For example, leftover mussel shells from a restaurant can be used in chicken feed or as a snail deterrent. But reducing water consumption and optimizing energy consumption are also part of circular activity.
That 10,000 euros is a first step “
Roskam also hopes businesses and organizations learn from each other’s findings or revenue models. “This is why experiences are shared between them at regional, national and international level. This is how knowledge is built and entrepreneurs are supported in change. And these 10,000 euros are a first step towards a more sustainable business or organization.
Stoomtrein Goes-Borsele Foundation
One of the twenty participants who requested and received a voucher is Stichting Stoomtrein Goes-Borsele. The money will be used to see whether the former Rotterdamsche Tramweg Maatschappij tram depot and workshop, which was purchased in 2017, can be rebuilt in an environmentally friendly way, so that it can serve as a museum.
In addition, it was also examined whether the operation of “De Trainsfabriek” was feasible without all kinds of external subsidies. The intention is that “ De Trainsfabriek ” will be open to the public in 2025.