Webinar ‘Future Islands: Sustainable Dutch Caribbean’


15:00 - 16:15


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Webinar 'Future Islands: Sustainable Dutch Caribbean'

The six islands pertaining to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands must become a showcase of sustainability. That’s what Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Rob Jetten, wrote in his letter to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). The Minister, member of political party D66, is discussing the possibilities with the six islands concerned. Energy policy is a matter that is managed autonomously by the so-called CAS nations (CAS-landen of CAS-eilanden), Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten, but some challenges they simply can’t face on their own. More news about support for the islands is expected after the summer.

Naturally, planning and financial support are very much necessary to realize the plans, and awareness and the sharing of knowledge are essential parts of the process. The Future Islands knowledge platform has started supporting this process of increasing awareness and sharing knowledge in 2021. Supported by reports on current news and affairs, blogs by our very own Future Guides, and interviews, we aim at encouraging communication, connection and action between the many different people and parties active in the Dutch Caribbean. To do so, we follow five major themes, namely Sustainability, Social Improvement, Smart Mobility, Smart WorkPlace, and Circular Economy.

Our first webinar, titled “Future Islands”, will take a deeper look at these challenges. The webinar will be interactive and the audience will get the chance to actively participate. Participation is free of charge.


European Netherlands time Caribbean Netherlands time Title Speaker
15h00 – 15h05 09h00 – 09h05 Opening and welcome

by moderator Wim Kooyman (co-founder at Future Islands)

15h05 – 15h35 09h05 – 09h35 Importance and opportunities of making islands more sustainable

Andy van den Dobbelsteen (TU Delft)

15h35 – 16h05 9h35 – 10h05 Electric flying between the Caribbean islands in 2026: dream or reality?

Joost Meijs (Chief Executive Officer at Aruba Airport Authority N.V.)

Aruba Airport Authority (AAA) initiated an important process of realigning its purpose and to come to a new corporate strategy, to be better prepared for the future.
This process included the active input of and feedback from all employees of AAA. The vision, to become one of the most sustainable, safe and future proof Airports of the Latin America and Caribbean region, providing a trusted workplace, modern airport facilities and excellent customer service which reflects Aruban hospitality, contributing to a prosperous future for Aruba, was defined.
As CEO of AAA, Joost Meijs indicated, Sustainability has become a vital pillar and the focus for the years ahead and has now firmly been anchored throughout AAA’s vision, purpose, values and strategies

16h05 – 16h15 10h05 – 10h15 Q & A with webinar participants
16h15 10h15 Closing

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Initiators are Andre Hagendijk, Wietse Walinga and Wim Kooyman.


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