Except Integrated sustainability.
Flourish in a changing world.
Multi-disciplinary consulting, innovation and development organization working on advanced sustainability projects around the globe.

Duurzame Industrie & Sectoren

Service > Ontwikkel veerkrachtige, circulaire, en gezonde industrie

The industrial revolution left us with a radically different world, with its benefits and problems. Today, we find that the supply chains we rely on for vital resources are ancient, inefficient, and fragile. Luckily, there are plenty of options to start producing our food, products, and energy in much better ways, working with supply chains and learning from nature.

We guide our partners in this process, focusing on the entire supply chain, and on creating value for individual organizations, and society at large.

Towards healthy,  resilient, and circular industries

The sustainability of production systems are one of the main challenges facing our economy. How we make our food, provide for water, energy, and other basic needs is a fundamental question for the future. Since 1999, Except develops custom made services to help industry and sector partners to analyze, optimize, and improve production, with short term benefits and impact improvement, and long term transition towards circular, resilient industries. 

We stand by partners in a wide variety of industries to support their transition, step by step, towards a better future. By approaching this from the perspective of the entire life cycle, and with a long term view in mind, we achieve unparalleled results.  

Matthew Leroy of IKEA:
“The results have been beyond our expectations. In the first year, [our] energy consumption dropped 8%, while CO2 emission went down 2%. That may sound modest, but with a print run that has an energy footprint the size of the entire South Carolina economy, this adds up to 285,000 barrels of oil left in the ground each year from now on, and the CO2 emissions of 155,000 car kilometers compensated for by IKEA’s CO2 savings. Plus, these reductions have only just started to kick in and are accelerating. 

Where to start?

If you're not sure where to start, wish to discuss in more detail what your organizational needs are, or simple have some questions, book in an intake call with us, free of charge and without obligation.

In this call with one of our experts, we discuss with you what you think the direction is you'd like to go, what you need, and what you hope to achieve. From this we can advise you on what useful next steps are. 

Contact jeroen@except.nl to arrange an intake call, or for more information.   

Specific Industry Services

General Industry Services

  • Sustainability Strategy
    What options lie before you, and what are the smart steps to take into the future? What is the competition up to, and how to best respond and position your own trajectory?

  • Impact Assessment & Sustainability Reporting
    Where does your organization impact society the most, and where are the opportunities?  What is the best and most efficient way to arrive at transparent sustainability reporting?

  • Circular Economy  & Systems Analysis
    Services to head towards a fully circular economy  organization, as well as performing broader systems analysis for understanding, analyzing, and strategizing towards a sustainable organization. 

  • Supply Chain Optimization
    Optimize your orgenization's impacts through the supply chain; map the chain, find leverage points, and boost organziational performance with smart tools and strategies.

  • Stakeholder Involvement
     Involve your stakeholders upstream, downstream and across society to leverage higher performance, and combine this with industry leadership.

  • Training and  Knowledge Development
    Train your staff, sustainability tream or individuals in our various sustainability programs, for beginners to experts.

Program services

Our approach focuses on improving entire supply chains, from cradle to grave. Strategies include:

  • Circular economy
  • Bio-based economy
  • Natural Capital (& accounting)
  • Supply and value chain analysis
  • Systems mapping
  • Sector road maps
  • Resource resilience

Food specific strategies

For the food sector we have additional strategies that focus on:

  • Food security & Food diversity
  • Greenhouse production systems & Polyculture Greenhouse production systems
  • Sustainable agriculture systems
  • Socially embedded agriculture
  • Urban agriculture

Why work with Except?

Except started in 1999, one of the first consultancies in this field. In the two decades that followed, we've supported more than 100 organizations on their pathway towards sustainable operations. This experience helps like no other stand by you along the way.

We work a wide variety of sectors,including large multinationals on four continents, such as IKEA and Heineken, as well as with small local organizations, minicipalities, and family businesses. We carry over this experience to you.

"Except offers a flexible and complementary team of experts in different fields that together create magic." 
- Matthieu Leroy,   Inter IKEA Systems 

We  help you choose and walk down pathways that not  only increase your organization's sustainability performance, but help you flourish as well.

Because that's what we feel sustainability is all about: to flourish as organizations while contributing to a sustainable society. 

 

Examples

Nederland CO2040

Het land CO2 vrij in 2040?

Welke sleutelprojecten zijn nodig om in het jaar 2040 een CO2 neutraal Nederland te kunnen bewerkstelligen? In het kader van Randstand 2040 onderzocht Except samen met POSAD dit vraagstuk en introduceerde een integrale strategische aanpak als raamwerk.

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DNV Afvalwaterketens

Visie voor Nederlands Afvalwater

This project is a visual exploration of the Dutch waste water sector in 2030. It takes a closer look at the role of waste water processing facilities for the provision of clean water, renewable energy, and valuable material inputs for society of the future.

The vision for 2030 concerns the role of waste water management in four major parts of society: the built environment, agriculture, industry, and natural lands.

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Afvalwater innovatiespel

Sociaal kaartspel om stakeholders in keten te verbinden

SWIG is een sociaal kaartspel met als thema de duurzame afvalwaterketen. Het wordt ingezet in groepssessies met stakeholders om breed overzicht in de keten te krijgen, spelers kennis met elkaar te laten maken en inzicht te krijgen in innovatieve duurzame keuzes in de keten.

We ontwikkelden het spel voor en in samenwerking met Det Norske Veritas (DNV) als onderdeel vn het Routekaart Afvalwater project. Het spel wordt met veel entousiasme gespeeld in DNV workshops.

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Warmtevisie Tilburg

Duurzaam, eerlijk en betaalbaar

Dit is de visie voor de doorontwikkeling en verduurzaming van het warmtenet van Tilburg, ontwikkeld met onze consortiumpartners.

De visie dient als startpunt voor de verdere ontwikkeling en samenwerking in Tilburg om tot een duurzame warmtevoorziening te komen, in opdracht van Essent, Gemeente Tilburg, Attero, Brabant Water en MOED.

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Praatplaat: Wind en Lokale Economie

Het creëren van draagvlak voor windenergie

Voor Eneco Wind visualiseerden we de lokale impact van het bouwen van windturbines in een grafische praatplaat. De plaat zorgt ervoor dat alle effecten en stakeholders aan bod kunnen komen in een gesprek. Zo zijn alle partijen in staat om zich goed te laten informeren voordat besluiten over windturbines worden genomen.

Het doel van de plaat is om een eerlijk en compleet overzicht te bieden van alle aspecten die bij windenergie komen kijken, en daarmee het draagvlak voor windturbine ontwikkeling te vergroten.

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Kansenkaart Afvalwaterketen

12 kansen in duurzame afvalwaterketens.

De Kansenkaart Afvalwaterketen is een uitleg en visualisatie van twaalf belangrijkste duurzame kansen binnen de afvalwaterketen, gemaakt in samenwerking met DNV. Gemeenten en waterschappen werken met de kaart samen aan duurzame oplossingen in het klimaat beleid in hun regio. 

De Kansenkaart is op 14 november tijdens 'Hier Opgewekt!' aan de staatsecretaris Wilma Mansveld aangeboden. Daarnaast hebben gemeenten een versie ontvangen om de kansen beter te benutten. De kaart is onderdeel van de routekaart afvalwater, tot stand gekomen met de Unie van Waterschappen, Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten, en Das Norske Veritas (DNV).

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Routekaart Tapijt

De tapijtsector in kaart tot 2030

Samen met Modint en DNV brachten we de Nederlandse tapijtsector in kaart met behulp van slimme ketenanalyse en visuele hulpmiddelen. De kaarten geven direct inzicht in de gehele sector keten en mogelijkheden voor interventies om een volledig gesloten en circulaire industrie in 2030 te realiseren.

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Routekaart Vleesverwerkende Sector

Naar een integraal duurzame sector

We developed a roadmap of the Dutch meat process sector, production and processing companies and their suppliers, together with DNV. The road map shows opportunities for optimal use of all energy and material flows in the product chain of chicken, pork and beef, and maps their sources. The maps bring insight to all stakeholders involved, and enables decisions on improving entire sections of the production chain at once.

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MWH Global waste water

Visualization of waste water systems around the house

This project illustrates examples of domestic waste water use. By showing simple sketches of complex systems, the illustrations create understanding of pressure sewage, natural filtering, and mini filtering.

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Trade mission Detroit

Launch of Detroit Urban Regen

In cooperation with the Dutch Foreign Office we  organized the trade mission to Detroit of May 2015 for over 25 organizations. The program established new permanent business partnerships of Dutch agri- and horticulture, and innovation companies with their American business, governmental and community development counterparts. Detroit, a  former powerhouse of the automotive industry, has suffered  from deindustrialization, a decline in population, an increase in crime, and general  decay. Yet, Detroit is a city full of resources and opportunities.

The event launched Detroit Urban Regen which aims to  revitalize  the city using smart agricultural solutions and creating a new biobased industry.  22 written pledges of commitment where secured, adding to the existing 15 international partners for Detroit Urban Regen.

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Arkna Eco-Park Masterplan

Self sustaining tourism community in Estonia

In Rakvere, Estonia, we developed the masterplan for the 671 Ha self-reliant Arkna Eco-Park. The park is built on a historical site tracing back to 1527, and becomes a primary tourist destination in the country, including a Polydome sustainable agriculture system.  

We worked with  Arkna Eco-Park to build a complete masterplan template for years to come, including its marketing strategy, identity, logos and brochures, closed loop metabolism, food system, event program, and design guidelines.

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Schiphol Catalyst Kantoor Innovatie

Een gezonder en duurzaam CBD van Schiphol

We werken samen met Schiphol Real Estate en meer dan 70 stakeholders en experts om de duurzaamheid en gezondheid van Central Business District (CBD) op Schiphol te verhogen met een multi-tennant kantoorgebouwe van meer dan 20.000 m2.

Het project realiseert integrale gesloten kringlopen, zelfvoorzienendheid, nieuwe business modellen, en gezonde en inspirerende werkomgevingen. Het gebouw zet een nieuwe standaard voor de prestatie van duurzame, gezonde, en veerkrachtige gebouwen. 

 

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Natural Capital is Business

How to bring Natural Capital into the boardroom?


Natural Capital plays a title role in our economy. To help you clarify the relationship between your economic activities and Natural Capital, Except and NXTE developed the Natural Capital Quick Scan. The scan delivers instant insight and suggests dozens of ways to mitigate risks and pick up on opportunities.

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Serenity Farms

Sustainable food production in arid regions

Serenity Farms is a concept for a sustainable 30 ha greenhouse facility for profitable food production in arid climates. It produces food on unproductive land, using only sunlight and seawater. The core of Serenity Farms is a modular facility producing the annual fresh food nutrition needs for over 60.000 people. It sources and treats water from renewable sources exclusively such as seawater, and is fully powered by the sun. This way we produce healthy, consistent, high quality fresh produce for people that currently have no direct food source, increasing food security, and greatly reduce carbon footprint.

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Contact

Except Integrated Sustainability

Jeroen van der Vlist
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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Phone   +31 10 7370215
“Except is heel vaardig in het vertalen van een complexe visie in beeld en verhaal dat zowel professional als leek inspireert.”
-- Ivo Opstelten
Programmaregisseur SEV
“Ik ben onder de indruk van de energie, de expertise en het commitment wat ik zie . Omdat het je persoonlijk raakt. Omdat iedereen bij Except tot in je tenen overtuigd is van de noodzaak tot transformatie naar een duurzame maatschappij. ”
-- Miriam van Gool
IUCN Interim manager Leaders for Nature