Featured projects (a closer look)

Click on the pictures to read more about our featured projects. Read about all our projects below.

Youngsters clean the river on a SUP board

Catch plastic soup with the Shoreliner

catchment of plastic soup with the Shoreliner

Design a climate adaptive school yard

Sea algal waste as valuable bio-resource

sea-algal bio-resource

Overview of all Projects

Since the start of TAUW Foundation, 15+ dream projects have been honoured. On this page, you can find summaries of our projects.

Stimulating the cultivation and use of biobased building materials in the Netherlands

This project co-funded by the TAUW Foundation makes important contributions to sustainable agriculture: setting up a biobased chain in the east of the Netherlands (Twente). Twentse Bouwboeren work to establish a fair, regional, new chain for reuse and biobased building materials from fiber crops. By doing so, they offer a perspective for the agricultural sector and enable the agricultural transition. They aim to develop a viable value chain and bring the various sectors (construction sector, processing industry, and agricultural entrepreneurs) together.
For this, they have to overcome challenges regarding the cultivation, processing, and application of fiber crops. Twentse Bouwboeren work on this project together with many partners: De Land Bouwers, Stichting Pioneering, Rabobank, Waterschap Vechtstromen, and Building Balance.

In the past year, they already made important achievements. This includes organizing chain meetings where connections were made between farmers, processors, construction, municipalities and province, water board, housing cooperatives, and land management organizations. They have developed business cases and set up a program for disseminating and sharing knowledge with policymakers, stakeholders and the wider public, and many more.

View the (Dutch) video for more inspiring information!

Or read this English paper or Dutch paper for on what the consortium has already achieved

Eliminating printer material during the biannual art exhibition IJsselbiënnale

IJsselbiënnale worked with TAUW Nederland to make the biannual art exhibition along the IJssel River more sustainable. TAUW calculated with an LCA (Life Cycle Assesment) the environmental impact of the art-travel guide and compared this to the impact of using QR codes instead. The LCA showed a lower impact of a QR code compared to paper guides. The insights from this study resulted in a reduction of printed paper in the exhibition of 2023 and future exhibitions.

The IJsselbiënnale has a more than 130-kilometer-long art route along 27 different works of art along the river IJssel, which will have its 4th edition in 2025. In 100 days, the IJsselbiënnale expects 80,000 visitors, who can visit several cultural activities in theater, music, and art in addition to the outdoor exhibition. The QR code leads to a website and various online content in the form of photos, videos, and sound clips. With this, fewer visitors will depend on a paper guide. Aside from environmental impact, the foundation discovered the importance and challenges of using virtual content in art exhibitions. Finding the balance between usability and sustainability is a trend that Stichting IJsselbiënnale will continue for the exhibition in 2025!

Learn more about the project by reading this report about LCA.

Improving the Caroni Ramsar Nature Reserve – Reducing the impact of Beetham Landfill and surroundings in Trinidad

Litter from landfills affects wetlands, oceans, and seas worldwide, causing a loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. One significant source of marine litter is waste from dumpsites near the coast. TAUW Nederland, Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean, and SWMCOL worked in the past years on reducing the impact of the 92-hectare Beetham Landfill in Trinidad. The project aimed to introduce and transfer knowledge on the available practices for determining the migration of litter and leachate and to review the possibilities for pollution capture at the Beetham Landfill.

The consortium determined the migration of waste (including plastics) in the Beetham Landfill using innovative methods and investigated, and developed methods for the capture of microplastics and sediments. The chosen method for the capture system was further developed into a conceptual design. One of the innovative methods for waste migration assessment was research into the possibility of using heavy metals as a proxy for microplastics. An important outcome is that the analytical method was ineffective due to the high petroleum hydrocarbon content in some of the samples interfering with extraction in the laboratory. However, the consortium did successfully build the capacity for microplastic analysis in the local lab Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI). TAUW bv, BCRC-Caribbean, and SWMCOL intend to advance the work at the Beetham Landfill to facilitate the remediation activities. The project puts the Beetham Landfill on the map as an example of successful litter management.

Learn more about the project via this link, or in this video.

Make use of sludge from wastewater and grass 

How can the value of sludge from wastewater and roadside grass be increased?

Primary sludge (directly from sewage water) and activated sludge (excess sludge and secondary sludge), which arise at wastewater treatment plants, are residual flows that are currently not used effectively. Most of it is fermented into biogas (but with a very low yield), dewatered and sent to incinerators. This current sludge processing (dewatering, transport and incineration) costs € 500 – 1000 per ton of dry matter (DS), which is a major cost item with a sludge flow of 350 kton (DS) per year. The removal of roadside grass (240 kton DS/year) is also a big expense for which authorities are looking similarly for cost reduction and a higher-grade use of their residual flow. Now, mowed roadside grass often remains along the road or is composted.

In this project, a laboratory-scale process has been developed in which low-grade sludge or juice from pressed roadside grass is converted into acetic acid (in concentrated solution) in a cost-efficient manner. The poor digestibility of activated sludge is notorious; therefore, the sludge was first pre-treated, and then subjected to biological anaerobic acidification. After a solid/liquid separation, the alkali and the acids were separated. The product is a mixture of highly concentrated organic acids with acetic acid. The acids can be used on the short term as a raw material for the production of green gas and as an auxiliary substance for denitrification in wastewater treatment plants. In the long term, the product can also be used as a raw material for caproic acid and PHA production, and as a silage agent.

Check the infographic for the innovative process. You can read the research in this (Dutch) report 

Safe water and sanitation for all Indonesian villages with Safe Water Gardens 

In this project, Safe Water Gardens together with the local communities and university proved the concept of a new and affordable sanitation system (visualized in the picture), the Safe Water Garden. A Safe Water Garden (SWG) is modeled on an original UNICEF concept and hold many benefits, like preventing diseases, catalyzing food production, and being highly affordable. Besides testing and proving the SWG. This project showed the success of the concept of the Model Village Program (MVP) in Indonesia. A Model Village Program is a center/pilot village of WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) with trained teachers that can power a regional rollout of safe WASH. In the 3 pilot villages, the project pioneered a very successful WASH curriculum for spreading the needed knowledge and skills for the SWG WASH system and successfully conducted community-driven census data collection which proved the need of WASH and showed the success of the system. After finishing the TAUW Foundation project, Safe Water Gardens is working on a national and even global rollout of the WASH system. 

The SWG on land has proven to be a success, therefore the consortium wanted to work on the systems for houses on water/on stilts. Millions of people (in Indonesia) live on stilts without safe sanitation. In this project, the consortium devised, implemented and optimized a new and affordable sanitation system for houses on stilts/on water. During testing, a number of “bugs” in the system were discovered and fixed. After finishing the TAUW Foundation project, Safe Water Gardens is working on a national and even global rollout of the WASH system for houses on land ánd on water.

You can read more on the success of this project in this report.





Management of Lead Contaminated Sites in Bangladesh

Better remediation strategies ultimately improve lives

The informal recycling of lead-acid batteries in developing countries causes severe lead contamination of soil resulting in permanent IQ loss among local children. This is also the case in Bangladesh where exposure to lead causes more than 4% of all annual deaths. The World Bank estimates there are over 1,100 lead-contaminated sites in Bangladesh. Together with Pure Earth and TAUW, we created a new toolkit that supports the remediation of informal used lead-acid battery recycling sites. Lead exposure creates several health hazards, especially for young children. Under Pure Earth’s Toxic Sites Identification Program, more than 250 individual lead battery recycling sites have been identified and assessed. One of these sites was assessed and remediated using the new toolkit. Through this project, we were able to reach over 3 million people to create awareness about the lead hazards, informal recycling and risk mitigation initiatives. We hope the toolkit will support the remediation of lead-contaminated soils worldwide. The toolkit is available for anyone interested.

You can read more about this project on Pure Earth’s website.

Gaming for climate change awareness

Building the Energy Escape Room

The “Escape bus” is an initiative from a Dutch energy supplier to help support the energy transition. People are welcomed in the Energy Escape Room, a ‘mobile space’ where people experience the threats of climate change through games and puzzles. The Energy Escape Room aims to raise awareness for climate change on a practical level (how to lower energy usage in your house; how to install solar panels and so on) and give people ideas on how to find solutions. With the help of the TAUW Foundation, the University of Applied Sciences of Arnhem, the Province of Gelderland and ZutphenEnergie an autobus was transformed into a mobile escape room. The initiative will continue with the help of 40 local energy cooperations. You can rent the Escape Bus via the website www.samenom.nl (in Dutch).

You can read more about this project on their website (information in Dutch).

Jan Terlouw lectures

In December 2016, in honor of his 85th birthday, Jan Terlouw – a former Dutch politician – gave a short speech on National Television, which touched the hearts of the viewers. The message: a sustainable society based on trust. He appealed to younger generations to take the lead. This fragile monologue made an impact and can be seen as a counter-sound towards the Dutch political populist movements.  The result is an annual event in the Deventer Theatre comprising of a duo-lecture by a young Future Maker and a renowned speaker who will give their vision on the world of tomorrow. The purpose of the lectures is to establish a dialogue between generations and to encourage action to contribute to a more sustainable world. In addition to the annual lecture, the Deventer Theatre offers a weekly stage to a young thinker, doer or maker. Forty new Future Makers are scheduled for 2019.

You can look back the speech on Youtube.

Supporting community-based energy-initiatives

Advising on the heat transition from gas to sustainable heating sources

This project supported three community-based heat transition initiatives in the Netherlands by providing professional advice on developing bottom-up strategies for the transition from gas to sustainable heating sources. In the Netherlands, municipalities are searching for solutions with housing corporations and energy cooperatives, together with the community. In 2021, every Dutch municipality developed a vision for their local heat transition. This project developed a strategy for the use of sustainable heating sources for energy cooperatives in the Netherlands and executed three pilots in 2019 and 2020. Atrivé and TAUW worked together with local communities and local energy organizations to find appropriate solutions. Virtual Reality (VR) was used to visualize the options for local residents.

You can find information on the pilots (in Dutch) on TAUW’s website:
1. Burgerinitiatieven sleutel tot succes in de warmtetransitie | TAUW

2. Webinar ‘Van visie naar uitvoering in de warmtetransitie’ een groot succes | TAUW

Additionally, an infographic was made for municipalities to help them to start their heat transition.

Youth forest conservation in Malawi

Creating a future while conducting environmental conservation.

The project will use youth forest conservation initiatives to provide socio-economic and ecosystemoriented solutions for the benefit of the youth, communities and the environment. It will basically aim to enhance conservation of forests while also capitalising on some forest value chains in a way of empowering youth economically. Under this project, Youth Act Club (YAC), together with Multiconsult Africa seeks to:

1. Venture into agriculture by introducing beehives in the forest and establishing a honey processing and packaging facility that will enable the YAC to supply honey on the market.

2. Venture into mushroom production: mushrooms will be graded and packaged for selling on the market. To acquire knowledge on mushroom production and its associated value chain, a mushroom production training at LUANAR University will be followed.

3. Introduce flowers and other flowering plants in the forest to create a safe haven for pollinators that are threatened by habitat loss from depletion of vegetation.

You can read more about this project in this news article.

Innovative lead remediation of playgrounds in Oykamar, Tajikistan

Cleaning up contaminated soil and creating a healthier village

Oykamar is a village in Central Tajikistan that was built on the grounds of a former (Russian) pesticide distribution centre. That is why Oykamar is currently not a healthy village: its soil is severely contaminated. Children play barefoot on this soil and villagers consume vegetables that grew in contaminated topsoil. The aim of this project is to meaningfully improve living conditions in Oykamar by cleaning up the contaminated hotspots.

Learn more about this project via a Prezi presentation.

Increasing the access to water and light in Senegal

A combined effort to increase access to water and solar energy suburban and rural communities.

This project aims to increase access to both water and solar energy in suburban and rural communities in Senegal. The idea is to combine the network of sales points of two social business: Little Sun and Access to Water Foundation. Little Sun is manufactures and distributes solar lamps and Access to Water Foundation implements water treatment and jobs creation programmes in low income communities. In the training of new sale entrepeneurs they wanted also to empower women. The project created new partnership between the parties and had a large, continuing impact for the people of Senegal.

You can read more about this project on their website.

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