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Energy savings label under fire in the Netherlands


All Dutch home-owners were sent a preliminary energy label in January and February. The letters were sent to inform citizens of just-in-force EU rules, but critics say the government did not implement them properly. And many home-owners have been taken aback by their bad grade - even if it is only an initial assessment. Kootstra, a real estate agent, said he is aware of many examples of houses in Enkhuizen, a city of 18,000 inhabitants, receiving the lowest rating. Enkhuizen, with its picturesque town centre, has some houses dating back to t... Read More »

Amsterdam to develop largest testing ground for the circular economy


This means that (building) materials and raw materials will be recycled as much as possible, there will be a lot of space for electric cars and that residents and companies in the area will generate their own energy. Building projects must fulfil sustainability requirements and the public space will be designed as sustainably as possible with, among other things, LED lighting and separate waste collection. There is nowhere else in the Netherlands where such a large area is being built in this manner, which means that much will be learnt alon... Read More »

Jan De Nul Group: Order placed for world’s largest cutter dredge and launching of multipurpose vessel Isaac Newton


MULTIPURPOSE VESSEL ISAAC NEWTON LAUNCHED Today the multipurpose vessel Isaac Newton was launched at the Croatian shipyard Uljanik Brodogradiliste. The ship can be deployed on a variety of projects: installing subsea cables, trench dredging and subsea rock installation, which definitely makes it unique. The construction of multipurpose vessels allows Jan De Nul to better meet the clients’ requests to have a project executed by one contractor or one vessel and to reduce the mobilization costs for its clients. In cable-installation mo... Read More »

CBS: Full-time working mothers as often employed at managerial level as full-time working fathers


Fewer women than men in management positions Three-quarters of women in the employed labour force are part-timers , as against one-quarter of men. It is much more uncommon for part-timers to hold a management position than for full-timers. As a result, the proportion of managers among women is much lower than among men. Women also appear to be less keen to move up to higher management or top positions than men, as the recently published Emancipation Monitor shows. Full-time working mothers almost as often working at managerial level as fu... Read More »

Electric transport in Amsterdam continues to increase


The key to optimal growth of the public charging network The collected data show where electric transport is growing and where an expansion of the network is needed. Further investments in the network will make the transition to electric transport even easier for Amsterdam residents and Amsterdam-based businesses. To further support the development of electric transport, Amsterdam will increase the number of charging points to 4,000 by 2018. The number is already at 1,100. Ambition The city’s ambition is to reduce traffic pollution as ... Read More »

Three tourists unwell after using so-called ‘white heroin’


The affected people are three Danish tourists aged 21, 22 and 24 respectively. The victims were admitted to a hospital, but discharged after treatment. It is the first occurrence of people suffering problems after using white heroin since November 2014. The police are continuing their efforts to find the perpetrator; however, in light of the acute risk the drug poses, a four-party cooperation consisting of the City of Amsterdam, the Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie), the police and the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD) has... Read More »

Boskalis sells Dutch road maintenaince business


The De Jong activities were taken over at the end of 2011 as part of the acquisition of MNO Vervat. De Jong is primarily active in the maintenance of the main road network and inland waterways in the Netherlands. Boskalis' strategy in the Netherlands is focused on large and medium-sized integrated projects and an independent maintenance company does not fit in this strategy. The proceeds of the divestment are expected to be around EUR 30 million and will not have a material impact on Boskalis' earnings. ... Read More »

International companies to Amsterdam in 2014


Alderperson Kajsa Ollongren (Economic Affairs): “In our experience, companies usually start off small when entering the European market, but grow to become major players within a few years. The increase in the number of new businesses and jobs shows that Amsterdam is living up to its ranking as the fourth most competitive city in the world.” ICT An established trend continued in 2014, with most of the companies (33) coming from the ICT sector. The region’s outstanding (digital) infrastructure attracts businesses with technologically savvy... Read More »

APM Terminals shares vision of “Terminal Eco-System” Concept at PEMA Amsterdam Meeting


Calls for combining safety with technology in port cargo handling equipment design; Notes benefits of integration of safety, automation and standardization into the operating design process. APM Terminals’ Head of Design and Automation, Alex Duca addressed the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association’s (PEMA) annual meeting on February 4th, introducing the company’s “Terminal Eco-System” concept as part of an object-oriented approach to terminal design, construction and operation. “We are rethinking equipment design and manufacturing pr... Read More »

The Ridder: Participation The Ridder at Art Rotterdam/ Intersections


Sofia Húlten Stéphanie Saadé Oscar Santillan We also present THE TAKE_AWAY_EXHIBIT a group exhibition in a suitcase with works by Rodrigo Hernández (MEX), William Hunt (UK), Astrid Mingels (NL), Christopher Orr (UK), Stéphanie Saadé (LEB), Oscar Santillan (EC) We look forward to welcome you! ... Read More »

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