Rijkswaterstaat is always developing and innovating. An overview of some of the current environmental projects that are being carried out by or on behalf of Rijkswaterstaat is listed below.
Rijkswaterstaat is developing a sustainable noise barrier that absorbs traffic noise and simultaneously generates electricity. This barrier consists of double-sided solar panels that generate electricity on both sides.
In the Circular Public Procurement project in the Baltic Sea Region, international partners are working to develop the market for circular products and services through government procurement.
The project focused on the effects of nanoplastics and microplastics in the marine environment. This is done by comparing the effects mesocosms for different organisms and ecological processes.
Greener Waterway Infrastructure focuses on the high consumption of energy and carbon emissions by water authorities in North-West Europe. This is being done by, for example, the developing of low-CO2 technology.
The H2Benelux project aims to create a hydrogen infrastructure and launch 8 hydrogen refuelling stations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
No specific European legislation currently exists on the management and reclamation of landfills. The COCOON project was enacted to turn landfills into usable resources.
The Cluster for Cloud-to-Coast Climate Change Adaptation project (C5a) aims to effect an adaptation to the physical, economic and social consequences of future flooding which also factors in climate change.
The noise from shipping and construction can potentially have negative effects on vulnerable marine animals. The aim of Jomopans is to develop a programme for ambient sound in the North Sea.
The aim of the ‘Joint Monitoring Programme of the Eutrophication of the North Sea with satellite data’ (JMP EUNOSAT) is to monitor and evaluate the presence of algae in the North Sea in a coherent manner by means of satellite observation.