The HUTIRA Group has become part of the Circular Hotspot, which started on 12 April with the first joint meeting of all members. The project, which was initiated by the INCIEN initiative, has the ambition to connect experts, companies and municipalities and gradually prepare the Czech Republic for all the challenges of circular economy.

The HUTIRA Group has been cooperating with the Institute of Circular Economy (INCIEN) since 2021. This year, it has decided to intensify the cooperation even more. The companies of our Group have joined the Circular Hotspot, which was initiated by INCIEN. Together, we want to promote the principles of circular economy that is resource-efficient and produces less waste.

According to Petr Novotný, Manager of the Circular Bioeconomy Programme at INCIEN, in recent years, the Institute has increasingly become aware of the lack of a platform where companies, institutions and enthusiastic individuals could come together to share, consult and advance circular economy topics. “We have therefore decided to create such a platform in the Czech Republic. The idea of circular hotspots is not new, as these are used in several European countries. The Netherlands is the furthest along in putting the circular economy into practice, and I am therefore very pleased that Freek van Eijk, Director of the Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH), came to the Czech Republic to personally support the creation of our hotspot. We signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with him in Prague,” says Petr Novotný, Manager of the Circular Bioeconomy Programme at INCIEN.

“The Netherlands is a global leader in thinking about circularity. Knowledge and experience of HCH are invaluable for the transition to circular economy in the Czech Republic. They will play a key role in the coming period, when the Czech Republic will have to face challenges related to the lack of materials in key production sectors, such as construction,” adds Soňa Klepek Jonášová in a press release from INCIEN.

The Czech Circular Hotspot is entering its first year with more than thirty member companies, including the HUTIRA Group. In this way, our companies will not only take part in joint debates, tours and events, but also contribute to the discussions with their experience and seek mutual solutions through working groups.

“Respect for the environment in which we live is the key to the future. Not only individuals, but also every company can start to be more considerate and start to look at waste as not something worthless, but as a resource. For example, something as seemingly worthless as leftovers from food preparation, expired food, but also manure can be used to create biomethane. In the future, it has the potential to replace up to 5 percent of current natural gas consumption in the Czech Republic, which will contribute to our greater self-sufficiency,” explains Monika Zitterbartová, Executive Director of HUTIRA green gas.