Dutch Embassy partners up with ODI Leeds for #PlanetData4

The Dutch Embassy in the UK is excited to announce it is again partnering with ODI Leeds  (now Open Innovations), this time for the #PlanetData4 event. ODI Leeds is a pioneer node of the Open Data Institute, created to explore and deliver the potential of open data to innovate and help people and organisations make better decisions. From inception, part of its mission has been to focus on massive challenges that face us all: climate change is one of these challenges.

The Netherlands stands ready to work together with UK partners like ODI Leeds to contribute to the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future, to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement and help carve the pathway to an ambitious COP26 and climate action beyond COP26. Through knowledge exchange and building partnerships, we can develop and implement innovative solutions to global climate challenges. Collaboration is key.

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#PlanetData: Working together to take action against the climate crisis

The first #PlanetData event by ODI Leeds took place in 2019 - see the talks and outcomes of the event here! #PlanetData helps companies, governments and organisations to work in the open: to help share data and encourage collaboration to improve the overall work outcomes. #PlanetData is participation without permissions and removing the barriers to entry. It is a call to action to bring people together and get things done.

After numerous previous collaborations on events with ODI Leeds, this is the first time that the Dutch Embassy in the UK will take part in #PlanetData4. Ambassador Karel van Oosterom is excited about working together with ODI Leeds on such an important topic:

"Because we also believe that bringing people together and working together is the best way forward to tackle a challenge as big and urgent as climate change.

Participating in #PlanetData allows the Netherlands to showcase several Dutch innovative companies that contribute to cleaning up communities, re-using waste for sustainable energy or using data to optimize energy use. Through the chance to connect with British organisations, #PlanetData4 can serve as a catalyser to let these new techniques or creative solutions grow and develop on both sides of the North Sea.

The Dutch companies that will attend #PlanetData are The Waste Transformers, Plastic Whale and Net2Grid.

Image: ©The Waste Transformers / The Waste Transformers

The Waste Transformers

The Waste Transformers was started by Lara van Druten. Lara has one goal: to create a flourishing business that inspires others to change how they deal with organic (food) waste and to establish a business model balancing financial, social and environmental returns. Today, the Waste Transformers are the recognised partner of choice for those with the ambition and courage to realise circular economies around organic waste.

Image: ©Net2Grid / Net2Grid


NET2GRID is a young, innovative company that offers leading-edge AI and machine learning services in energy insights based on smart meter data.

They pride ourselves in delivering market leading algorithms to identify individual appliances, measure their consumption and determine their efficiency in comparison with the best in class. ​NET2GRID's service is used by energy suppliers worldwide.

Image: ©Plastic Whale / Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale is a movement of people who love doing, creating, and making progress. Plastic waste is a growing, worldwide problem. Part of the problem is that people perceive plastic as a valueless disposable product. Plastic Whale wants to tackle this problem by showing people that plastic waste is not just waste but a valuable raw material - a raw material Plastic Whale uses to make beautifully designed boats and sleek office furniture.

#PlanetData in the run-up to COP26

The #PlanetData event will take place just ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November - a large UN climate change conference hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy. World leaders from all parts of the world, including the Netherlands, will meet to update their plans for reducing emissions. Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ambition, accountability, nor momentum, for climate action must be lost. To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the SDG agenda, we must raise our ambitions, now more than ever. Beyond ambition, real action and implementation are needed, on an ever-increasing scale. No country can rise to the challenge alone. Collaboration on every level is needed. The Netherlands stands ready to work together with our UK partners like ODI Leeds to share our knowledge and resources and encourage action. Together we can make a difference.

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The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are North Sea Neighbours - solving global climate challenges together

As North Sea Neighbours, the Netherlands and the UK have been like-minded and ambitious climate partners for years. The Netherlands - together with the UK – is part of a group of nations leading the way in raising ambition and taking action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We work globally to enhance countries’ ambitions for Nationally Determined Contributions, in multilateral fora or through bilateral engagement. We have ambitious emission reduction targets to reach climate neutrality in 2050, and we share the ambition to build back better from Covid-19 and to maintain momentum for climate action in the run-up to the COP26 and beyond.

There are incredible, innovative things happening in and by the Netherlands to both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change – ranging from reinforcing dikes and dunes, managing heat stress in cities by planting more vegetation, to smart and energy-efficient technologies and launching an international fund for climate-relevant projects in developing countries. We want to share and develop these innovations with the UK and others, as tackling climate change requires international collaboration. This is why we are excited to partner up with ODI Leeds for #PlanetData.