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The Netherlands Pavilion is the first at Expo 2020 Dubai receives the GSES Circular Footprint ® certificate and the RISE certification from the Expo organization and GSES System ®

The certificates were issued the 3rd of November, during the National Day of the Netherlands, from the World Expo organization and the GSES System to the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation Tom de Bruijn. On the same day, King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima visited the Netherlands pavilion.

The Netherlands Pavilion is about uniting water, energy and food and stimulating the circular economy. Therefore, the Netherlands opted for a circular construction, consisting of utilized sheet piles.

“I am very proud that the Netherlands is the first country to receive the RISE certification and the GSES Circular Footprint certification. The Netherlands pavilion unites water, energy and food and stimulates the Circular Economy. In that light, it is very special that the circular footprint of the pavilion is demonstrably 95%'',

Peter Potman, Deputy Director General Foreign Economic Relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and one of the leaders of the trade mission to Dubai.

Circular Footprint

The GSES Circular Footprint certificate measures the Circular Footprint of Country Pavilions based on Ellen McArthur MCI, Cradle to Cradle and BS 8001 resulting in the GSES Circular Footprint Certification. The Circular Footprint of The Netherlands Pavilion is 95%. 90% of the total construction of the pavilion is reusable after the use on the Expo site, and the pavilion used 100% reused (and locally sourced) materials to build its construction. That makes a Circular Footprint score of 95% in total. For reusing the sheet piles after Expo, the Netherlands made sure they have a recycling plan in place to be able to reuse all sheet piles after Expo 2020 Dubai.

EXPO RISE verification

The RISE verification from EXPO and GSES System measures the use of
packaging in and around the Pavilions. The scoring of The Netherlands Pavilion regarding RISE is compliance because the pavilion uses recycled and biodegradable packaging and makes sure that all packaging is recyclable after use. This is very important and a great achievement for The Netherlands Pavilion.

‘The Netherlands Pavilion is a huge Circular project that shows that circular design can be done, as well as circular building and construction and recycling planning before creating a building construction! Let this be an example for the building and construction sector across the world! Our GSES System platform is for all stakeholders, countries, organizations, products and supply chains. Besides issuing The Netherlands Country pavilion certificates we also issued the GSES System certificate to Hoogendoorn Growth Management during the trade reception on the 2nd of November. A company in horticultural automation, which not only talks about sustainability but also puts it into practice in the MENA Region. Koppert Biological Systems, ABN AMRO Bank, Univé Insurances, etc also use the GSES System and are verified. There is a huge potential for sustainable growth globally and together with the Expo organization we show that it can be measured and verified accordingly. In this way we set an example for the rest of the world.’

Kelly Ruigrok, CEO GSES System, Data for Good and the National Sustainability Institute from The Netherlands.

Striving to be the most sustainable World Expo in history, Expo 2020 Dubai has collaborated with Dutch company Global Sustainable Enterprise System (GSES System® / GSES®) under efforts to measure and report the sustainability performance of key stakeholders across the event. Using the GSES platform Expo measures the sustainability impact of the event’s suppliers’ and Country Pavilions – resulting in comprehensive rating cards, based on independent audits. Using the GSES rating cards, software platform and standards, Expo 2020 was able to verify its suppliers, International Participants, and exhibitors to meet its high sustainability standards.

"We have adopted a wide-ranging approach to achieving our site-wide sustainability goals, underscoring our bold ambitions with grand action to integrate sustainability into all of our experiences and operations. Our collaboration with GSES System is emblematic of these efforts, supported by the sustainability commitments of our stakeholders as we work together to host one of the most sustainable World Expos in history and create a meaningful, measurable impact beyond the site and our 182-day run.”

Dina Storey, Director Sustainability Operations Expo 2020 Dubai

'We are delighted that the Dutch company GSES System has developed such sophisticated measurement techniques regarding sustainable impact that help contribute to these important goals.’

H.E. Lody Embrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UAE

About GSES System

The Global Sustainable Enterprise System® (GSES System® / GSES®) is a recognized platform that helps you rate, verify, and certify your sustainability performance on the process, supply chain, and product level independently. No more confusion due to an overload of complex information and regulations. GSES System easily, and cost- effectively aligns over 550 ecolabels and sustainability certificates and uses worldwide accepted standards to holistically measure sustainability performance. The GSES System Platform covers their own standards, the Meta Standard and also; SASB standards, Taxonomy, Landscaping standard, Diverse range of Product standards, Diverse range of ISO standards – all can be integrated in sustainable procurement or investment processes.

info@gses-system.com for more information

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