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.

Solar Highways

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.

Circular Public Procurement

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.

Effects of nanoplastics

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

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.


The overall objective of the Strategic Environmental Assessment North Seas Energy (SEANSE) project, is to develop a coherent approach to Strategic Environmental Assessments.


The project Flood Resilient Areas by Multi Layer Safety (FRAMES) aims to minimise the impact of rising sea levels and extreme precipitation in areas of the North Sea Region.

A North Sea Perspective

This project aims to achieve more coherence in both maritime spatial planning processes as well as in maritime spatial plans and to create better conditions for sustainable development in the fields of shipping, energy and environmental protection.


The aim of the partners in LIFE-IP PAF projects is to bring about a climate proof, safe, ecologically resilient, and economically vital delta.


The project Smartsediment aims to rebalance the biodiversity, waterbed and ecosystem services in the delta by cleverly handling the available sediment and the waterbed.


The European Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) aims to make the textile chain more sustainable and circular. Its goal is to reduce the amount of clothing dumped or incinerated in Europe.

School education in the prevention of (waste) pollution

Through school education on waste and pollution we aim to raise awareness and behavioural change within youth.


With the Resource Efficient Business Models project we reinforce the development of new and innovative ideas that stimulate the circular economy.

Twinning Georgia

The Twinning Georgia project provides the Georgian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture with assistance on environmental and agricultural issues.


Throughout the Jerico-Next project we aim to integrate and harmonise innovative measurement methods for the observation of coastal areas.