Trial with SDG-oriented environmental vison

Trial with SDG-oriented environmental vison (2019 – 2020)

Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG)

An important issue in the implementation of the Environment and Planning Act in the Netherlands is how municipalities can ensure that they take an integrated perspective when it comes to the physical environment. How can sustainability themes such as renewable energy, health and air quality be integrated into their environmental vision? And which framework can be used for an integrated consideration of these themes in the living environment?

In order to support municipalities by providing an assessment framework, the VNG organized a trial involving four municipalities to explore the option of using the UN SDGs as a compass. The results are being brought together in a guide for municipalities, which links the environmental vision to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) in a practical way.

NextGreen facilitated working sessions with the municipalities, during which a draft assessment framework with a tailored SDG-compass was co-created. It seems that the Global Goals can serve as an inspiring basis for the environmental vision due to two specific characteristics: working on a positive agenda of ‘doing good’, which involves looking at going beyond the legal requirements; and the principle that everyone is included: ‘leave no-one behind’.


Municipalities of Dongen, Smallingerland, Staphorst and Súdwest-Fryslan


To co-develop an assessment framework using the SDGs as a tailored compass, which municipalities can use for their environmental vision in order to take an integrated perspective

Role and activities of NextGreen

Preparing and facilitating six working sessions | provide input for the assessment framework and compass

Together with Ellen van Reesch and Jos van der Schot (Innovation partners)


National Rooftop Plan (2019-2020)

National Rooftop Plan (2019 – 2020)

Green Deal Green Roofs Foundation

Following the Green Deal on Green Roofs, NextGreen is now working on the action plan for the National Rooftop Plan 2020-2023. This emphasizes the importance of multifunctionality in the roofing landscape in order to achieve a greater impact than just focusing on using roofs for solar panels. Our rooftops can also provide solutions for nature, heat stress, flooding, well-being and the growing demand for the limited space that is available in built environments.
Through this action plan, the partners in the National Rooftop Plan invite others to join us in taking on this challenge together. The plan provides direction and can be adjusted in response to monitoring and social trends. It’s full speed ahead in the transition towards multifunctionality on Dutch rooftops!

Partners in the National Rooftop Plan

Governments: Provinces: Noord-Brabant and Overijssel; municipalities Almere, Amsterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, Enschede, Rotterdam, Tilburg and Utrecht; Regional water authorities Aa en Maas, Amstel, Gooi en Vecht, De Dommel and Vechtstromen.
Umbrella organizations: Nederlandse Dakdekkers Associatie, VEBIDAK, Vereniging Bouwwerk Begroeners, Vereniging GDO, VESP, VHG branchevereniging van ondernemers in het groen.
Businesses: Atelier GroenBlauw, BTL Nederland, Carlisle Construction Materials BV, Leven op Daken, Nelen & Schuurmans, Optigrün Benelux, Sempergreen, Triflex BV, Van der Tol Groep, Zinco Benelux and Zoontjens International BV
Knowledge organizations: Aeres Hogeschool, Amsterdam Rainproof, KNW Waternetwerk, de Natuur en Milieufederaties, NIOO-KNAW, Rooftop Revolution, Stichting Groenkeur, Stichting RIONED, Stichting Roof Update, STOWA, VIBA-Expo, de Vlinderstichting, Vogelbescherming Nederland
Citizen initiative: Grachten van Smaragd


Accelerate the transition towards multifunctional rooftops by:
• Promoting a broader mindset
• Integration into local and national policy
• Incentivizing financial models
• Skilled professionals and innovation

Role and activities of NextGreen

Process Management | Community management partners NDP | Supporting the board, partner council and partner meetings | Organize NDP working groups

Together with Stroom en Onderstroom

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Previous project

Decision Model for Public-Private Instruments

Decision Model for Public-Private Instruments (2018 – 2019)


How can municipalities and water authorities ensure climate adaptive measures by owners of private assets as part of local regeneration projects, urban transformation and change projects across the city? Currently, they can draw on experiences in pilots and projects, but as yet there is no overview of the lessons learned and focus points.

NextGreen is interviewing Amsterdam experts about their experiences, the lessons learned and the upscaling potential of instruments such as the water-neutral building envelope, the ‘plot passport’ and a sustainable sewerage levy.

We are converting these insights into a framework, and creating a decision-support system (decision model) to enable the customized application of the available instruments that is tailored to the local situation.

This includes factors such as the plot and its geography, the local land use plan, investment ambitions, risk considerations and the anticipated level of acceptance by other public and private parties.

We also focus on the extent to which instruments are legally binding or incentivizing and to what extent they can be combined.

The framework and the decision model relates to existing overviews of instruments such as the Roadmap for Climate-Robust Local Regeneration of the City Deal Climate Adaptation.

Stakeholders involved

Waternet (local water board), the City of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Rainproof, City Deal Climate Adaptation, Heijmans and BPD.


To create a shared overview and to provide insight into the functioning of public-private instruments designed to ensure climate adaptation in the private sector.

Role and activities NextGreen

Interviewing | Drafting framework | Organizing and facilitating co-creation meetings for the decision model | Disseminating the lessons learned

In collaboration with Stroom en Onderstroom

Natural Capital Expeditions

Natural Capital Expedition


Natural capital in the agro-food sector, what issues are relevant and what influence do companies and financial institutions have? How do pioneers from the building sector deal with the declining biodiversity and what roles do banks and investors have? During the expeditions, organized by the VBDO, CREM and NextGreen, we discussed these themes. At Bayers ForwardFarm at Roubos Akkerbouw we learned about biologicals and working with nature. Bayer, ACTIAM, Rabobank and Eosta shared their ambitions and experiences with us considering the conversation between financiers, investors and companies. At the CIRCL building in Amsterdam we explored with ABN AMRO, Van Nieuwpoort Group, Dekker Natural Resources and Heijmans the opportunities of naturebased solutions and the multiple business case.

The participants shared their challenges and insights, and an expert panel thought along with participants about possible opportunities and solutions. Both expeditions build on other finance and business processes dedicated to natural capital, in which NextGreen, VBDO and CREM are involved.

We organize the Natural Capital expeditions in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The whitepaper ‘Value Creation with Natural Capital, An expedition by finance and business’ includes the results and key take-aways.


  • Finance: Members of VBDO (Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development), members of EU Community of Practice Finance@Biodiversity and members of the former Community of Practice Financial Institutions and Natural Capital
  • Business: Partners of CSR Netherlands
  • Experts: IUCN NL, AT Osborne, Dutch Butterfly Conservation


  • Exploring and deepening the understanding of natural capital risks and opportunities
  • Strengthening of network business and finance
  • Accelerating the transition of finance and natural capital

Role and activities NextGreen

Co-organizing and co-facilitating expeditions| Whitepaper with results
Together with VBDO en CREM

Green Deal Infra Nature

Green Deal Infra Nature (2016 – 2019)

Department of Waterways and Public Works

The quality and quantity of biodiversity in the Netherlands is under pressure. Because of the large areas of roadsides, infrastructure in particular holds a large potential to create and connect natural areas and thus strengthen biodiversity. Initiated by the Dutch Butterfly Conservation, the parties involved in the Green Deal Infra Nature want to investigate and use the described potential. This will be done by sharing knowledge and experience in working groups on the subjects of construction, management, conservation, business models and procurement.


  • Government: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Province of Noord-Brabant, Province of Noord-Holland, Municipality of Tilburg, Water Boards Vallei en Veluwe, Aa en Maas, Rivierenland, Rijn en IJssel, Hollands Noorderkwartier and Rijnland.
  • Businesses: Arcadis, Brabant Water, ENGIE Infra & Mobility, Gasunie, Grontmij, Heijmans, TenneT, ProRail, Vitens
  • Knowledge organization: Dutch Butterfly Conservation (Initiator of Infra Nature)


Using the construction and conservation of Dutch infrastructure to stimulate and strengthen biodiversity by

  • Mapping and exploring best practices
  • Sharing and developing knowledge
  • Creating enabling conditions by collaboration

Role and activities NextGreen

Prepare and facilitate co-creation workshops |  Organise and facilitate symposium |  Contribute to project management

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Dialogue Natural Capital

Dialogue Natural Capital (2015)

Ministry of Economic Affairs

When it comes to ‘natural capital’, better investment strategies and innovative revenue models are essential for leveraging the business case for sustainable business practices. What is needed is a combination of shared goals, more and clearer information, and the resulting societal awareness.

These are the conclusions, in a nutshell, of the dialogue that was organized by NextGreen in late 2015 between the Dutch central government and a number of different societal sectors. The participants concluded that innovative partnerships are essential for ensuring the resilience of natural capital.


  • SMEs and agriculture-based organisations: Foreco, Huiberts Bloembollen, KAVB, Oogenlust, Metta standaard, Natuurmonumenten, VHG hoveniers in het groen, Vlinderstichting
  • Large businesses and supply chains: ASML, BAM, CREM, Desso, DSM, Eneco, Groningen Seaports, Heijmans, Heineken, Interface, IUCN NL, MVO Nederland, NS, Philips, Platform BEE, Schiphol, True Price, VNO-NCW
  • Accountants: BDO, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, NBA, PwC, Raad voor de Jaarverslaggeving
  • Finance: ABN AMRO, Achmea, ASN Bank, Commonland, De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar, Nationaal Groenfonds, IUCN NL, J. Safra Sarasin Bank, NLII, Rabobank, SNS Bank, Triodos, VBDO
  • Local governments: CBS, De 12 Landschappen, City of Haarlem, NEVI, PBL, PIANOo, Province of Noord-Brabant, Province of Noord-Holland, Province of Zuid-Holland, RIVM, VNG, Water board Noorderzijlvest, RWS, WUR
  • Dutch central government: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment


To identify the next steps for natural capital by

  • Organising five workshops with pioneers and participants of active programs
  • Formulating prior routes for action
  • Specifying the role, collaboration and actions of parties

Role and activities NextGreen

Organising dialogue | Co-facilitating 5 workshops and 3 sub sessions | Processing results | Writing a memorandum

Results and more…

Sessions and presentations

Roadmap sustainable development (2013)


Arc2 wanted to gain more insight on their focus on sustainable development. Together with Arc2 architects and people from their field, we made a roadmap in an interactive session.

Brainstorm opportunities Blue Economy in Northwest Holland (2014)

Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Northwest Holland

During a Blue Economy event we developed a number of Innovation Sessions with participants at the information market.  With speakers Gunter Pauli and Koert van Mensvoort we explored the opportunities for a circular economy in Northwest Holland.

More information: Report (Dutch)

Presentations Business and Biodiversity (2014, 2015)

Province Platform Biodiversity and Energetic Society

Province North Holland

Presentation on the Community of Practice Business and Biodiversity, aimed at possibilities for provinces to accelerate the transition on businesses and biodiversity.
Break-out session ‘what is your green capital?’ at the Green Capital congress of Province North Holland.

Workshop Smarter Investment via Social Impact Bonds (2012)

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

During the conference ‘ Smarter Investment in City Development and Energy Saving’ contestants set up their own ‘Social Impact Bond’. The result: A solid top 3 suggestions for other conference attendants.

Presentation C2C and LCA: Objectively measuring sustainability? (2012)

Cradle to Cradle Café

Based on the working group C2C and LCA, an interactive presentation was held for approximately 150 architects, designers, marketeers and consultants.

CoP Business and Biodiversity

CoP Business and Biodiversity (2012 – 2014)

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Companies with ambitions to preserve biodiversity can learn from each other’s experiences in a Community of Practice where collaboration has emerged. The transition is accelerated by sharing knowledge on the relation of companies with ecosystems. The CoP Business and Biodiversity led to a new CoP in the financial sector and to the Green Deal Green Roofs .


Marina Het Anker, Congress centre Antropia, ASN Bank, Brabant Water, Eneco, Heijmans, Heineken, Ssaweed farm Hortimare, Interface Carpet, Kruidenier Foodservices, Living on Roofs, Tata Steel, Country estate Verwolde


Accelerate the transition of business and biodiversity by

  • Learning from the experiences of peers
  • Build network and new coalitions
  • Enable dialogue with policy makers and knowledge centres

Role and activities NextGreen

Building and organizing the CoP | Co-facilitating 10 sessions | 2 broad meetings | Supporting system study | Produce publication
Together with Dutch Enterprise Agency (

Results and more…

CoP Bedrijven en Biodiversiteit

Transparency in Natural and Social Capital

Transparency in Natural and Social Capital (2013 – 2014)

Ministry of Economic Affairs

Towards a society where natural and social capital are no longer ‘in the red’.

Leading Dutch companies and accountants signed the intention statement ‘Collaboration on Natural and Social Capital Transparency’ on a national ‘Nature Summit’ together with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, CSR Netherlands, IUCN NL and True Price. The involved parties agreed to develop a vision and action program to increase transparency.

Based on interviews with involved organisations and a broader meeting, the participants set up a common strategy, vision and action program. The involved organisations cooperated in a Green Deal for the joint implementation.


  • Coördination group: Ministry of Economic Affairs, IUCN NL, CSR Netherlands, True Price
  • Companies: AkzoNobel, ARCADIS, BAM, DSM, FMO, Interface, Heijmans, Philips, Thermaflex
  • Industry associations: NBA, VBDO
  • Accountancies: Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC


Increasing transparency of Natural and Social Capital by

  • Common vision and action programme

Role and activities NextGreen

Support coordination team | 15 interviews | Facilitating coordination team | 1 large meeting | Elaborate on action programme
In collaboration with Fair Business

Results and more…

CoP Financial Institutions & Natural Capital

CoP Financial Institutions and Natural Capital (2014 – 2016)

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Many Financial Institutions are looking for ways to decrease the negative impact of money on natural capital. In a Community of Practice they shared experiences on their activities and investment strategies regarding ecosystems and biodiversity issues. The lessons learned during ten CoP meetings, and four extra meetings with the broader setting of involved expert stakeholders were brought together with the stories from practice in the publication ‘Finance for One Planet’. Inspired by the CoP FINC, the European Commission initiated the EU CoP Finance@Biodiversity.


ABN AMRO, Achmea, ACTIAM, ASN Bank, FMO Bank, De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar, ING, J. Safra Sarasin, MN,  SNS Bank, SPF Beheer, StartGreen Capital, Triodos


Accelerate the transition to the financial sector towards investing in natural capital by

  • Learning from each other
  • Making organisations best practice more effective
  • Increasing dialogue with stakeholders around the ‘Natural Capital’ topic

Role and activities NextGreen

Facilitating CoP-process | Co-facilitating 14 sessions | Processing results and monitoring | Connecting to the topic

Previous project

Exploration CoP Financial Institutions and Natural Capital (2013)

Ministry of Economic Affairs

Interviews with sixteen financial sector representatives to research if there is an interest in a Community of Practice. Also the basis of the membership of the CoP and the overview of subjects for the strategic agenda.

Results and more…