Circular Economy Data Network
Call for collaboration

Welcome to the Circular Economy Data Network!

We believe digitisation is key to drive the sustainability transformation forward. Data insights, combined and mined creatively, help us better understand our true impact, identify the most effective levers for change, and are also key to enabling circular solutions at scale. We believe we can each bring something to the table, together we can solve complex problems that we can’t solve by ourselves

With our network partners, data scientists, our AI, analytics and data management capabilities, as well as our demonstrated commitment to open source and open data, IBM is in a unique position to faciltate this network.

The way we work

We work and learn collaboratively: network members, who bring data and technology expertise, and clients, who contribute their challenges and industry insights. We work towards scalable innovations that enable the sustainability transformation. We apply Design Thinking and rapid prototyping within our Garage method to ensure rapid user-based outcomes.


Our next face to face session will take place on 17 september 2020

It will be likely a virtual session. If we are able to gather, it will be at:

IBM Netherlands Headquarters
Johan Huizingalaan 765
66 VH Amsterdam

Public transport: the closest metro is Henk Sneevlietweg.
Free car parking is available (on request)

Internet of Environments

Sensing and analysing environmental data like micro-dust, humidity, CO2-levels and temperature can be helpful in many ways: reducing unnecessary energy use, helping create healthy and comfortable environments for urban areas, and spotting risks and problems before they occur. However, the important role of environmental data measurements makes them vulnerable to influence by parties with an interest in the developments within social domains like policy, legislation, taxation and investments.
Internet of Environments is a system of sensors, of which the data integrity is secured by V-ID’s blockchain based technology combined with IBM Watson’s predictive analytics.
V-ID Verification Terminal

Future of Food

Rapid climate change threatens crop quality and availability worldwide. Startup MIMEA has used nature as its design-guide to create an adaptive mechanism to protect crops against sudden frost, and is building the platform to disseminate this knowledge to farmers world-wide. Network partner TAHMO builds the hyperlocalised weather stations to improve local weather prediction to inform crop planning as well as aggregated models.

Once harvested, we waste approximately one-third of the world’s food. Brining transparancy to this supply chain, from farmer to fork, brings mechanisms to reduce this waste, increase food safety and provide better conditions to each stakeholder in the complex chain. With Food Trust, IBM in collaboration with Walmart and others are delivering just such a platform.

Circular Viaducts

In our session in February, Rijkswaterstaat shared with us the vision and the challenges for transitioning to Circular Viaducts (“CiVi”). How to unlock the process insights from a complex value chain? How to track the quality and “well-being” of bridge components during their various lives? As a member of the learning community we have been sharing our knowledge and experience, helping to define the aspects that the underlying data platform should support – from storing the assets (the “material passport” of the bridge components) to tracking the processes (operations, strains, incidents) and the network collaborations (projects, agreements, planning) necessary to install and maintain the circular viaducts. The learning environment is an open environment, so feel free to join in!