Thursday 27 June
Full day excursion Amsterdam by coach and escorted by an English speaking guide (10.00-17.00 hrs) along the highlights a.o. Begijnhof and flower market followed by some free time for lunch in Leidseplein area and a regular boattrip along the world famous canals. On foot to the Van Gogh museum for a closer look at the Vincent van Gogh paintings.
Excursion 2: Rotterdam
Full day excursion Rotterdam by coach and escorted by an English speaking guide (09.00-18.00 hrs) with a.o. boat trip through the Rotterdam Harbor, one of the world’s largest harbors, a tour along the modern architecture and visit to the Markthallen followed by a lunch in a local restaurant and a visit to the world famous mill area of Kinderdijk.
Excursion 3: Volendam & Zaanse Schans
Full day excursion Marken, Volendam/Zaanse Schans by coach and escorted by an English speaking guide (09.00-18.00 hrs) with a.o. visit to former island of Marken, short transfer by boat to Volendam and nice lunch at the harbor. Then visit to the old Dutch neighborhood of Zaanse Schans with visit to windmill The Cat, a local cheese farm and clog factory.
Excursion 4: Visit Royal Cosun Dinteloord & OMR Moerdijk
Royal Cosun is an agri-industrial group firmly rooted in the primary sector. The businesses that belong to Cosun are Aviko, Duynie, Sensus, Suiker Unie, SVZ and Cosun Biobased Products. They produce food ingredients and products that make their way to the food industry, foodservice sector and retail channels. In addition, the group is increasingly focusing on components for non-food applications.
Cosun’s ambition is to get the most out of its raw materials: this is good for the environment, profitability and meets society’s demand for responsible products and production methods. The Cosun businesses also supply products to the animal feed sector and residual products are used to produce biogas.
Royal Cosun was established nearly 120 years ago by Dutch sugar beet growers who united themselves in a cooperative. Today, the cooperative has some 8,800 member/shareholders and has grown into a business with 3,900 employees [in FTE] and a group turnover of about €2 billion annually.
Excursion 5: Visit RWZI (Water Treatment Plant) Amsterdam West & PepsiCo Broek op Langedijk
Climate change, growth of the world population, shortage of raw materials and fast-growing cities lead worldwide to the necessity of changing our behaviour towards water, energy and waste materials: use less, and recycle more on a high level quality. A circular approach contributes to a green economy and asks for integrated solutions. As example of an integrated solution you can visit the largest Wastewater Treatment Plant in Amsterdam (1 million p.e.) in combination with the largest Waste to Energy plant in the world. More than 1.5 million ton of waste and sludge is incinerated at this plant. This is an example of sophisticated, technological and industrial process integration. By recovering and re-using waste, heat and by-products they provide in raw materials for production processes. For delivering the sludge and biogas the WTP receives in return 100,000 MWh/year and heat. This prevents the use of 1 mln m3 natural gas and the emission of 1,800 ton CO2-eq per year. The integration results also in the production of circa 25,000 MWh elektricity and 75,000 GJ heat that is distributed for district heating to households. This means a reduction of 285 TJ energy and 15,000 ton CO2.