Invited Session: Waste Managment Challenges

Let’s Share Circulair: Rotterdam Makes It Happen (0.5 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
17:00 – 17:30
Convention Center

Moderator: Bettina Kamuk, Global Market Director, Waste to Energy, Ramboll, Denmark

Rotterdam is one of the leading cities in circular economy in The Netherlands. One of the leading subjects is to reduce, re-use and recycle waste as much as possible. Waste is no longer “wasted”, but useful as a raw material. But circular economy is not just about recycling waste. It is also about changing products, services, work methods and designing a city in a way where circularity is a basic thought. We are not in this alone, but working together with typical circular businesses in Rotterdam. We do this the Rotterdam way: with courage and with each other.


Pex Langenberg, Vice Mayor for Mobility, Sustainability and Culture, City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Pex Langenberg

Pex J. Langenberg studied political science at Leiden University in The Netherlands. After working with the national government at the Ministry of the Interior, he became involved in transport and transportation issues with the local governments of Leiden and Amsterdam. In 2002, he returned to the national level as Director for Public Transportation at the Department of Transportation. In this position, he was involved with the management of policy making and planning on federal level, advising the Dutch Secretary of Transportation. He was responsible for the introduction of a smart card system in transit and a system of tendering. From 2008–2013, he worked at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C. (USA), as transportation counselor. In this position, he advised the Ministry on issues like aviation, maritime affairs, logistics and water management. He coordinated the transfer of Dutch knowledge and expertise on water related issues after the flooding of the Mississippi and the hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. In his job as program director, he continues working in this field from the Ministry in the Netherlands, but now collaborating with more countries. He was involved with innovation in the water sector in The Netherlands, the development of business in this sector and the exchange of government to government assistance and expertise. Since May 2014, he has been Vice Mayor of the City of Rotterdam, responsible for mobility, sustainability and culture.