Forth coming presentations of Ad Lansink

The author of Challenging Changes will present the main lines of Challenging Changes – Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy during the following events

  • Stockholm (Sweden) – 20-21 Juni 2018 – Invitation by the staff of Ragn-Sells for a breakfast meeting with Members of the Swedish Parliament, followed by an informal lunch with the staff of Ragn-Sells. Thereafter a Seminar with distinguished guests from Sweden about the Ladder of Lansink as starting point and route map for the transition to circular economy
  • Deventer (the Netherlands) – 11 Juli 2018 – Opening of Reshare: the new (used) textile sorting facility of Leger des Heils, with special attention for the different possibilities of textile recycling
  • the Hague (the Netherlands) – 20 September 2018 – Presentation of Challenging Changes, also as a piece of work after retiring from politics and other functions, for the Probus Group the Hague
  • Enschede (the Netherlands) – 10 October 2018 – Guest college for students of the University of Twente, elaborating the history and future of the waste hierarchy, regarding the necessary transition to circular economy
  • Johannesburg (South Africa) – 16 October 2018 – Main keynote speech about Challenging Changes, at the occasion of the opening of the WasteCon 2018 Conference and Exhibition

With Challenging Changes to Sweden and South Africa

Ad Lansink received two honorable invitations for visits and presentations outside the Netherlands, respectively from Sweden and South Africa. In both cases, the recent publication of his book Challenging Changes – Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy is the actual reason for the invitation.

Stockholm  19 – 21 June 2018
The board of the Ragn-Sells Group, a privately held corporate group, operating companies in five countries, has invited Ad Lansink for an informal staff lunch, followed by a workshop with internal and external guests about the importance of the waste hierarchy for a effective transition to circular economy. Already since 1966, Ragn-Sells is involved in waste management, environmental services and recycling,  collecting, treating and recycling waste and residual products from businesses, organizations and households. Ragn-Sells is strongly involved in the transition to circular economy. After a short review of the history of the waste hierarchy and its drivers, the author of Challenging Changes will elaboratie the main lines of circular economy, its outlook but also some critical issues, especially the co called circular dilemmas and the circular leakages.Prior to the informal lunch and workshop on the 20th of june 2018, Ad Lansink will meet members of the Swedish Parliament for an official meeting. During a breakfast seminar. he will present his ideas about the necessary transition to circular economy, and discuss the social and political barriers for a successful transition. The interaction between circular economy and climate policy will be one of the main issues, besides the relation with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

Johannesburg  15 – 19 October 2018
The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa invited Ad Lansink taking part on the 24th WasteCon™ flagship Conference and Exhibition on 15-19 October 2018. The theme of the conference will be ‘Implementing the Waste Hierarchy. This showcase of best practice African waste management solutions will take place at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. Waste management in South Africa is guided by the internationally accepted waste management hierarchy, which is implemented through the National Environmental Management Waste Act (2008). During the plenary session on 16 October 2018, Ad Lansink will held the keynote adress about Challenging Changes – Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy. The waste management hierarchy aims to extract the maximum practical benefits from products and to generate the minimum amount of waste. Proper application of the waste hierarchy has several benefits, helping prevent emissions of greenhouse gases, reducing pollutants, saving energy, conserving resources, creating jobs and stimulating development of green technologies. During the conference and the exhibition, Ad Lansink will be present to speak with delegates. Signed copies of Challenging Changes will be available for delegates, who are interested in the implementation of the waste hierarchy and the transition to circular economy.

Recent keynotes by Ad Lansink

Ad Lansink, the autor of Challenging Changes, was invited to present a keynote about the main lines of Challenging Changes – Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy during the following events:

  • Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12.00 hour: RTA Workshop ‘Ieders Bakkie An’ about re-use and recycling of technological instruments at the recycling facility of Coolrec, Dordrecht
  • Thursday,  May 17, 2018, 10,00 hour: Circular Economy Festival, within the framework of Nijmegen European Green Capital 2018 – Honig Complex Nijmegen
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, 15.00 hour: Mini-Symposium on the occasion of the opening of the Green Gas Facility of Hoogheemraadschap Delfland, Vlaardingen

The presentations soon will become available in the form of pdf-documents, which may be downloaded without any costs.

Ordering your own copy

Be aware of the transition to circular economy. Let also your friends and colleagues recognise your thought leadership or interest on this challenging transition process. Send us your contact details and the number of copies you want. We will provide you as soon as possible with the book after transferring €25 per copy, excluding shipping costs.

Send us an e-mail at info@challengingchanges.org. If necessary, we send you additional information about money transfer and shipping costs. During the introduction periode, we pay the packaging and shipping costs in the Netherlands. Orders for the Netherlands can be placed directly by transferring €25,00 to NL14 INGB 0008 7068 76 for A G W J Lansink, citing also the delivery address. Paying by PayPal is also possible, via www.challengingchanges.org/payment

Outside the Netherlands, the shipping costs range between €6,95 and 14,63. Also, during the introduction period, we share the shipping costs. So within Europe, books may be ordered for €25 + €5 = €30,00 per copy. Outside Europe, the boo prize will amount to €25 + €8 = €33,00. Moreover, students get a €4,00 discount. Orders can be placed directly by transferring €30.00 or €33,00 the abovementioned bank account or by PayPal.

 For a quick settlement of your order, we advise you to use PayPal or to send an e-mail to adlansink@me.com with your delivery address. Thereafter, you receive an invoice of PayPal. After payment, the book will be sent immediately.

Launching Challenging Changes at Nijmegen

Raymond Janssen interviews Harriet Tiemens and Ad Lansink (Phoyo: Sophy van Kempen)

After the book launches in Brussels, the Dutch presentation of Challenging Changes took place on 18 December 2017 in the Council Hall of Nijmegen. As an introduction, Vera Dalm, director of Milieu Centraal, pointed out the meaning of knowledge transfer: ‘Let’s keep communication about waste simple’. With examples, such as the ban on plastic bags in stores, she showed that legislation can have a major impact. ‘And why do not we make coffee at stations for people who bring their own cups cheaper?’ According to NVRD chairman Han Noten, the waste sector has long been aware of the value of raw materials. ‘But making the transition from waste to raw material still takes a long way. It will work when we do. For that we need enthusiastic people with good ideas. And of course, organizations and legislation to scale up. In addition, we jointly have to look at the bigger picture. ‘ Between the keynotes, Harriët Tiemens, Alderman for Sustainability of the municipality of Nijmegen and author Ad Lansink, were interviewed by Raymond Janssen about the production of the book and the relationship with Nijmegen as Green Capital Europe 2018.

Author Ad Lansink with Bas de Vries and Johny Kerkhof: on the screen pictures of the LokaliteitenKabinet (Photo: Sophie van Kempen)

After the speeches, the first copies of Challenging Changes were presents to Bas de Vries and Johny Kerkhof, representatives of the young guard, who designed the so called ‘LokaliteitenKabinet’. With this surprising construction, they make circular economy visible and tangible for a large public, and at the same time, operational for actors on the market for secondary raw materials market. They suit the action to the word connecting a mechanical, visible system with a digital platform: an innovative contribution matching supply and demand for the reuse of raw materials. Fortunately, the benefits of circular economy are gradually becoming known. Keywords such as environmental benefits, employment, biodiversity and energy saving are receiving more and more attention, also in Challenging Changes through a lot of interesting positive but also critical recommendations for a wide variety of target groups, including producers and consumers

Challenging Changes at 25 Year RDC Environment, Brussel

On November 20th, Ad Lansink contributed to the symposium of RDC Environment at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of this well-known Belgian environmental consultancy. The meeting was held at the Belgian Comic Strip Center, Rue des Sables 20, Brussels. Ad Lansink presented his new book Challenging Changes, a.o. focussing on

  • Closing loops on various levels;
  • Creating financial, social and other values;
  • Developing new technologies;
  • Shared responsibility producers, consumers, governments;
  • Creating broad – also global – support

During the discussion an interesting point arised, namely the question why important transitions as establishing a firm climate policy and changing minds for circular economy do not get broad support in society. Possibly, the answer lies in the acceptance of an appropriate level of risks. An absolute zero level is not achievable.

Book presentations: 23 and 25-26 Oktober 2017

During the International G.STIC 2017 conference at Brussel (www.gstic.org), Ad Lansink presented  his new book Challenging Changes – Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy with the closing keynote of the plenary session on October 23th, the first day of the conference. In his presentation Ad Lansink considered the firm relation between the main lines of Challenging Changes and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The presentation will become available on this site within a few days.

The staff of VITO, the inspiring organizer of the G.STIC Conference, decided to  present a copy of Challenging Changes to each of the participants of the sessions on circular economy. Ad Lansink had to sign almost all books, meanwhile speaking with the people, who were lucky to receive one of the available copies. So he met interested men and women from all over the world, both from rich and less developed countries.

Ad Lansink also visited the exhibition Recycling 2017 in the Evenementenhal in Gorinchem (the Netherlands . During the BRBS-FHG-symposium on Wednesday, oktober 25th (09.30 – 12.30) about the future of circular economy, moderator Simone van Trier interviewed Ad Lansink about Challenging Changes. After the symposium, he met visitors and guests of Recycling 2017, discussing the importance of reduce, reuse and recycling for the transition to circular economy.

Both in Brussel and Gorinchem, many visitors were impressed by Challenging Changes. They appreciated the contents of the new book, but also the nice lay out. Already during the presentation at G.STIC it became clear, that Challenging Changes will inspire old and young people to proceed on the challenging road to circular economyTwo weeks after the publication already 1450 copies of the new book have been delivered.