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Sustainability Focus For IGS Netherlands Magazine Published In English

The Netherlands chapter of the IGS, known as Nederlandse Geotextiel Organisatie (NGO-IGS), has released a special English language edition of its GEOKunst geosynthetics magazine with a focus on sustainability.

The publication is normally created in the Dutch language but an English version enables the message on sustainability and geosynthetics to reach a wider audience.

Two articles explore the topic. They are:

  • Geosynthetics; sustainability, durability and the environment’ by Wim Voskamp and Jan Retzlaff, which analyzes and evaluates the possibility of geosynthetics degrading into microplastics, and leaching hazardous substances, and how these effects can be counteracted. The plastic circular economy is explored, with details on quantities of used plastics per sector in Europe and the Netherlands, end-of-life approach, recycling techniques, and more.
  • Geosynthetics: responsible and sustainable solutions to reduce environmental impact’ by Kent von Maubeuge, Rijk Gerritsen and Henning Ehrenberg describes the contribution of geosynthetics to respond to climate change by mitigation and adaptation. The article focuses on multiple applications of structures with geosynthetics to create sustainable, responsible and resilient climate-proof solutions.

GEOKunst chief editor Rijk Gerritsen said: “NGO-IGS is very proud of this special edition with two state-of-art articles on this important topic. Stimulating the use of sustainable materials and solutions in the construction sector is a major priority. For the global civil engineering sector it will be a big challenge to become more sustainable and to reduce CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions.

“Geosynthetic high-performance building materials can greatly contribute to multiple sustainable and climate proof solutions. We hope these articles will offer detailed insights into these important topics to help educate and inspire.”

To read the English edition of GEOkunst 2022#4, click here.

NGO-IGS is also planning another English version to tie in with the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Rome, in September, this year, where the magazine will be handed out to visitors.

Find out more about IGS Netherlands here.