Excess Materials Exchange (EME)

Gallery Excess Materials Exchange (EME)  1
Gallery Excess Materials Exchange (EME)  1
November 2020
Headquarters 1061 TL Amsterdam, Netherlands

Excess Materials Exchange (EME) - Our digital platform unlocks the maximum potential of the world’s excess materials and products by matching them to their highest value uses.

Excess materials and products are currently not exchanged in a structured manner on a large scale. Mounting environmental pressure, consumer awareness and circular ambitions put pressure on companies for taking responsibility, they need to scale up their currently small scale initiatives. Excess Materials Exchange operates a B2B digital platform where companies buy and sell any type of excess materials, products and waste streams.The platform matches materials to their highest value reuse option. On the platform, the Resources Passport Module gives materials an identity and collects material data in a structured manner which allows to find high-value reuse options. The Tracking & Tracing Module allows users to follow physical resource streams by linking them to their digital twin through identifiers (i.e. bar-codes, QR-codes, RFID chips). This enables to communicate when and where products and materials will be released. The Valuation module quantifies the financial, environmental and societal impact of materials to understand which next use application is the most beneficial. Lastly, the Matchmaking Module facilitates the matchmaking of excess materials to new reuse options thanks to Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.

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Key features

  • On average, 60% reduction of the environmental impact associated with end-of-life of materials and products
  • On average, 110% increase in the end-of-life financial value of materials and product
  • A CO2 emissions reduction of 123 kilotonnes CO2, which equals the emission of all citizens of Amsterdam (862,987) driving from Amsterdam to Milan (Pilot Report Data for 18 studied materials stream)
  • Water savings equal to the content of 860 Olympic-size swimming pools (Pilot Report Data for 18 studied materials stream)
  • An energy saving of 2,883 TJ, equal to the energy consumption of the city lights in Paris for at least 5 years (Pilot Report Data for 18 studied materials stream)


  • A potential creation of €64m in financial value and a reduction of €54m in environmental damage (eco-cost), resulting in a Total Value creation of €118m (Pilot Report -18 studied materials streams)
  • An average of 110% increase in the end-of-life financial value of materials and products (Pilot Report Data for 18 studied materials stream)

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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