Civil and hydraulic engineering

Civil and hydraulic engineering (GWW in Dutch) is one of the major consumers of materials in the Netherlands. Every year, more than 20 million tonnes of material is used to extend and improve our roads, canals, engineering structures (bridges, locks, etc.) and subsurface infrastructure (source: SKAO, Roadmap for a climate-neutral infrastructure sector, see background information). In many cases these objects are technically not very complex and designed for long term usage.


  • Choose circular design principles that fit with your project. Explain your choices to the market players in advance, thus enabling them to come up with the right solutions. Not all design principles can be applied to every type of project.
  • Determine in advance whether or not you want to have an adjustable Work, or one that can be disassembled. This is desirable for some projects, but not for others, depending on your needs.
  • Manage on lowering the environmental cost of the applied materials. Asking for an environmental cost indicator (MKI) could be helpful in this respect.
  • Find ways to procure management and maintenance together with the realisation of the project, especially for smaller projects: this gives market players an incentive to increase quality.

Inspiring Examples

Background Information

Tool - DuboCalc

DuboCalc enables you to make transparent the environmental impact of a project, based on data in the National Environment Database.

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