Congress paints the north of the Netherlands green on 23 February


The north of the Netherlands will go green on 23 February. The 'Groen 2012' [Green 2012] congress, an initiative of and for green businesses, is due to take place in the WTC in Leeuwaarden on that day. Bert de Vries, deputy Director-General for Energy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation will speak at the congress about top sectors policy,  Green Deals and what this means for the industry.  Other speakers include businessman Ruud Koornstra and Queen's Commissioner John Jorritsma.

"The purpose of the congress is to match entrepreneurs who are involved in sustainability to potential business partners and to familiarise them with government regulations. Entrepreneurs attending Groen 2012 will be inspired by best practices and gain information about top sector policy and Green Deals.  There will be particular emphasis on questions coming from the businesses themselves, such as: How can I make a profit from my residual waste? Or: How can I market my sustainable product? The congress has three themes: 1) green gas; 2) energy in the built environment and smart grids; and 3) sustainable energy use in business.  Delegates will also be given information about support schemes for innovations, such as RDA+ and SDE+. They will be able to talk about these schemes with experts from Agentschap NL and Energy Valley."

The Groen 2012 congress is part of the Event Groen fair which is taking place from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 February.  Businesses with a sustainable product or service that also wish to serve the consumer market can hire a stand at Event Groen. On the floor of the trade fair, which is divided into nine themed areas,  visitors can experience what a sustainable product or green idea does for you.  The themes are: home, energy, mobility, lifestyle, recreation, food, water, recycling and innovation.

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