The circularity gap report

The circularity gap report

Only 8% of the Dutch built environment’s material use comes from secondary sources. This means that the vast majority of materials the construction sector uses to carry out business as usual come from virgin sources. In the Netherlands, half of all resource use is funnelled into the built environment—and as a result, the sector generates one-third of the country’s emissions and 40% of its waste.1 This impact isn’t expected to decrease any time soon: in response to a serious housing crisis, the government has set the target of building 75,000 new homes annually until 2025, on top of infrastructure development, public spaces and commercial buildings. In a time where we need to use and consume substantially less, the built environment is demanding more. But circular strategies that tackle material use, minimise waste, ensure highvalue cycling at end-of-life and develop human capital can help the Netherlands reach key environmental targets while meeting the needs of its residents and society as a whole. Reaching the government’s ambitious target—halved material consumption by 2030 and full circularity by 2050—will require all hands on deck across sectors, with targeted effort from the construction sector in particular.