Cradle to Cradle Islands Facts
The province of Fryslân is Lead Partner of the new Interreg IVB project Cradle to Cradle Islands. This project runs from 1 January 2009 to the Summer of 2012 and has 22 different partners out of 6 countries from the North Sea area.
On 11 February 2009 the project is presented to media and national government in Nieuwspoort (The Hague) and on 25 of February 2009 the start meeting was in Post-Plaza (Leeuwarden)
The project aim is to contribute to environmental sustainability and economic profit of the North Sea Region by:
- Applying Cradle to Cradle® to develop energy responsible and sustainable solutions for island environments;
- Using islands as labs and testing grounds for sustainable innovations;
- Developing networks of stakeholders to ensure transferability anddissemination of project results on the themes water, energy and materials.
Water: (theme coordinator: Wetsus, Heleen Sombekke)
- Sustainable supply of drinking water by desalination of sea water;
- Sanitation and separation of household water in several streams;
- Purification and re-use of the effluent of waste water treatment plants;
- Storage of rainwater underground during winter times to realize sustainable water supply in summer;
- Use of other sources and new ways for drinking water production (salt brackish, groundwater, etc.)
- Improve water cycles;
- Sustain fresh water reservoirs;
- Protection against storm tides and rising sea level impacts;
- Optimisation of drinking water extraction.
Energy: (theme coordinator: TU-Delft/Cartesius, Han Brezet)
- Testing and applying the concept of ‘blue energy' (mixing salt water and fresh water in order to produce electricity);
- Feasibility for increased use of solar, wind, wave and tidal energy;
- Designing and testing sustainable product services for island mobility, e.g. electric scooter;
- Secure and improve sustainable transport between and on the islands; sustainbale mobility on islands, and alternative transport connection;
- Link energy savings with the modernisation of housing;
- Design of Eternal Island Holiday House that is energy producing;
- Introduction of alternative car engines;
- Test a variety of alternative green technologies regarding renewable energy, waste recycling and resource concervation, e.g. heat exchange system and vacuum toilets;
- Remote islands hybrid renewable energy solutions.
Materials (theme coordinator: EPEA, Michael Braungart)
- Design of an Eternal Island Holiday House that is energy producing, made with local materials, easy transportable and degradable;
- Set up of an innovative Research Centre on Bioplymers to adapt for instance environment polluting plastics into new in water dissolvable environmental friendly products and to make use of local available resources like algae;
- Local production with these innovative materials, e.g. tourist products like custom tailored swim suits, toys for kids, etc;
- Develop data base on Cradle to Cradle® ideas, strategies, methods;
- Develop alternative building materials and designs based on Cradle to Cradle® principles;
- Provide understanding of waste and resource issues in island tourism;
- Provide research into coastal industries waste and the impact on tourism, developing Cradle to Cradle® principles to reduce waste and improve resource effectiveness;
- Cradle to Cradle® solutions for the local marinas and surrounding buildings (development of Cradle to Cradle® docks, Cradle to Cradle® buildings, use of solar and wind energy, water treatment);
- Develop alternative tourism models based on Cradle to Cradle® principles.