Separation has always been one of the main subjects within the RAI’s waste management policy. We first separate waste at our own premises, unlike many other parties in the conference and event industry who apply post-event separation (by and at the processing company). A major benefit of proper on-site waste separation is a reduction in transport movements, which of course reduces CO2 emissions and costs.

In close cooperation with Renewi we are also constantly working on increasing the efficiency of waste transport by stimulating maximum loads to reduce transport movements in and around the RAI.

Reducing transport movements with Mokum Mariteam

We transport part of our waste over the water. As the RAI has its own marina, we are able to employ Mokum Maritiem to transport our EcoCassettes to Renewi via the Amsterdam canals twice a week on an electric vessel. This is a sustainable alternative to cargo transport and reduces traffic around the RAI.

Swill waste in large tank

The EU aims to reduce food waste by 30% in the period from 2017 to 2025, while the Dutch government strives to be a frontrunner in the field of sustainable food production and consumption in 15 years. RAI Amsterdam is contributing to achieving both these goals.

We aim to reduce food waste in the organisation as much as possible; firstly, via carefully measured procurement that meets actual demands, and secondly, by ensuring as little food as possible is thrown away as (residual) waste. Instead we want to reuse food for charitable purposes such as the Food Bank or recycle as raw materials like compost and biogas by using a swill tank.

RAI Amsterdam uses a swill tank for swill (= organic) waste which results in new raw materials, namely compost and biogas. The swill tank can store large amount of organic waste, which considerably reduces transport movements.

The sustainable energy generated by our swill waste is delivered back to the RAI.