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Energy Talks&Drinks – Building with nature: creating eco-energy systems

3 September 2020 @ 17:30 - 19:00



People, Planet and Profit: companies are shifting more and more towards a triple bottom line framework inside their organizations. Sustainability is becoming a core value instead of just one item on the agenda. During the Energy Talks&Drinks on September 3 we will focus on Planet and how to reduce ecological footprint in offshore projects and preserve the ecological environment.


Wind farms offer unique circumstances for nature living underwater. De Rijke Noordzee is an initiative by Natuur & Milieu and Stichting De Noordzee who are seizing this opportunity to enhance nature in the North Sea. With their blueprint program they help and inspire the offshore wind industry to restore nature in all offshore wind farms. Erwin Coolen, Director at De Rijke Noordzee will give an introduction in the offshore wind market and why building with nature is so important followed by Renate Olie, Ecologist who will give us a deepdive in some projects as well as a future outlook.


Van Oord is one of the companies who is very much engaged with this program. Throughout the years they have embraced sustainability and empowering nature in the company’s core values. Jesper Elzinga, Environmental Engineer at Van Oord will show us how this is incorporated in tenders and projects and will share some successful cases within offshore wind.


We’ll kick-off with a scale-up pitch by 4FOLD Foldable Containers, introducing our newest Buccaneer.


Hans Broekhuis, CEO – 4FOLD Foldable Containers
4FOLD Foldable Containers is a product op Holland Container Innovations (HCI). The foldable containers help reduce CO2 emissions, congestion, space and waste and the costs associated with empty containers at sea and on land.


Erwin Coolen, Director & Renate Olie, Ecologist – De Rijke Noordzee
Erwin Coolen has been active in the wind industry for many years. In his position as Director at De Rijke Noordzee he leads the innovation program in which they combine generating energy with nature development. Edwin is currently also Director at the SDG platform and owner of ECHT.
Renate Olie is an Ecologist at Stichting Noordzee where she is mapping the ecological risks of offshore wind farms. At De Rijke Noordzee she is working on nature reinforcement within wind farms to reduce these risks.


Jesper Elzinga, Environmental Engineer – Van Oord
Jesper is involved in the environmental aspects across all three business units at Van Oord: dredging, offshore and offshore wind as well as various research and development projects. But most proud he is of his involvement in Van Oord’s coral regeneration initiative ReefGuard on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and fringing reefs near Nassau, Bahamas (executing throughout 2013-2017). With an impressive track record in environmental engineering already, at his young age got nominated for the Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award 2019.


If you would like to attend the event at De Oude Bibliotheek (DOB) Academy, please RSVP so we know who to expect. Please note that there is a maximum number of 25 people allowed to attend the event onsite.

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PLEASE NOTE! This event has been rescheduled from August 6 to September 3!


3 September 2020
17:30 - 19:00


Buccaneer Delft


DOB Academy
Raam 180
Delft, 2611 WP Netherlands


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