About the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV)

Sustainable packaging = circular packaging

The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) was established in 2013 to contribute to a circular economy for packaging materials. Circular packaging means that packaging is designed, produced and processed in such a way that can be renewed, reduced, re-used and recycled. Thus, we create new economic opportunities, become less dependent on other countries for raw materials, and it benefits the environment.

Developing, consolidating and sharing knowledge

Partnership between suppliers, producers and importers of packed goods, waste processors and recyclers is essential for this. After all, the aim is to close the whole chain: from raw material to re-use. A condition for this cooperation is that all stakeholders in the chain have access to factual knowledge about sustainable packaging based on the following principles: reduce, re-use, renew and recycle. The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) is responsible for the development, consolidation and sharing of that knowledge.

Our core activities and methodology

Every year, the KIDV publishes a Sustainability Agenda with its annual plan, which encompasses the following core activities:

  • Innovation Plans

    As agreed in the Framework Agreement for Packaging 2013-2022, sectors devise innovation plans for sustainable packaging.

    In these, they include the highest attainable objectives, which are evaluated by a scientific committee led by the KIDV, which sets these objectives and monitors progress. Following on from the sector innovation plans, materials organizations also formulate innovation plans for each type of material.

    Read more about the sector innovation plans here.

  • Research

    The KIDV conducts a scientific research program in collaboration with five universities and the TNO research consultancy.

    This research contributes to fundamental enrichment of knowledge about sustainable packaging design, recycling of plastic, efficiency and effectiveness of recycling, and environmental impact. The program also includes topical issues from the sector innovation plans. The KIDV established this program in partnership with Top Institute Food and Nutrition (TiFN). A steering committee that consists of scientists and is chaired by the KIDV supervises development and execution. Scientific independence is guaranteed through use of peer reviews as standard in the publication of (sub) research studies. In addition, the KIDV carries out projects in collaboration with universities of applied science, which produce practical knowledge for stakeholders in the chain.

    Read more about the scientific research program here.

  • Projects

    The KIDV conducts projects to improve sustainability in the product packaging chain and generates knowledge that can be applied in practice.

    Amongst others, the focus is on flagship projects that flow from the sector innovation plans and projects related to the plastics chain. The Framework Agreement for Packaging will be evaluated in 2017. In the run up to this, Framework Agreement parties (the Dutch Ministries of Infrastructure and Environment (IenM) and Economic Affairs (EZ), the producers and importers of packed goods and the Association of Dutch Municipalities) can ask the KIDV to conduct one or more projects related to a topical theme. KIDV projects are conducted independently, or by universities and knowledge institutes under the supervision of the KIDV. In carrying out the projects, the KIDV engages with sounding board groups, external committees and/or peer reviews that offer insights, expertise and advice. Members are selected based on relevant knowledge and the ability to generate support for the projects.

    Click here for current KIDV projects.

  • Knowledge sharing

    The KIDV actively responds to knowledge gaps experienced by stakeholders in the chain by developing, consolidating and sharing knowledge.

    We do so by combining our knowledge with that of others to create a better and more comprehensive overview of developments and innovations in the packaging chain. The KIDV shares that knowledge through, amongst others, this website, social media, online newsletters, Enrichment Events and participation in other stakeholders’ conferences and seminars.

Organizational structure

The KIDV consists of a board of governors, an Advisory Board and the KIDV office. The board of governors consists of representatives of the national government, the industry and municipalities under the leadership of an independent chair. The Advisory Board consists of representatives of materials organizations, waste processing companies, environmental organizations, the scientific community, industry and national government.

The KIDV is funded by the Packaging Waste Fund to the tune of two million euros per annum for a period of ten years. The funds are generated by Packaging Waste Management Contributions. The board of governors manages this budget. The KIDV reports on its activities and results every year in its annual report and annual statement of accounts, which are published on this site.

KIDV-office

  • Hester Klein Lankhorst

    Managing director
  • Ingrid Goud

    Office manager
  • Vincent Balk

    Project manager
  • Karen van de Stadt

    Packaging expert
  • Nynke Arntzen

    Packaging expert
  • Kees Kerstens

    Project manager
  • Anne-Marth Vrind

    Project manager
  • Marc Reijnders

    Project manager
  • Peter Blok

    Project manager
  • Lilian Scholten

    Communication advisor
  • Angélique Bergers

    Communication advisor
  • Heleen Boex

    Editor
  • Daphne van den Berg

  • Mark Imandt

  • Niels van Marle

Board

  • Hans van der Vlist

    President, former Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM)
  • Hannie Vlug

    Director of Sustainability of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment
  • Henk Wessel

    Alderman in the city of Elburg
  • Marc Jansen

    Director of the Central Office of Food and Grocery Trade (CBL)
  • Marian Geluk

    Director Federatie Nederlandse Levensmiddelen Industrie (FNLI)

Advisory board

  • Hans van der Vlist

    President, former Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM)
  • Hans van Trijp

    Professor at Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
  • Dick Hoogendoorn

    Director of the Dutch Waste Management Association (DWMA)
  • Chris Bruijnes

    Director of InnovatieLink
  • Erik de Vries

    Director of AVRI
  • Jan Nieuwenhuis

    Program Director Biobased Economy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Hielke van den Brink

  • Jelmer Vierstra

    Senior Project manager Recources, Natuur & Milieu
  • Hylke Brunt