Alliander’s Speaker and Workshop

February 18, 2017 · News

Alliander will be present at the conference and will give a speech as well as provide a workshop.


The title of the speech is going to be “Mitigating Risks by Using New Business Models in Procurement” by Hendrik van Zantvoort, Program Manager Sustainable Procurement at Alliander.



Hendrik van Zantvoort is Program manager Sustainable Procurement at a regional grid operator in The Netherlands. Hendrik is working at the Alliander Procurement department for 10 years and has participated in many tenders and contract management for Professional Services and Facilities. The last year, he has been active in the Sustainable Procurement program to increase awareness and performance in sustainable procurement. Not only within the Alliander organization but also in several collectives like the Green Deal Circulair Inkopen to to support entrepreneurs and governments in their ambitions circular purchases, Groene netten and Nederland Circulair to boost circularity in the infrastructural sector and the Committee of Experts of FIRA to enhance transparency about sustainability claims in the supply chain.


Content of the speech: A few years ago, we procured in a very innovative way, a new office building in Duiven. It is energy positive, highly circular and looks fantastic. Recently we had our head office completely renovated. Again we achieved 70% reduction of CO2 emissions and a circular building, where we applied some new business models in the procurement of this large renovation, where the maintenance suppliers played a major role. This was partly to mitigate some of the risks we have seen in the Duiven building. We also gained experience in procuring lighting and other elements as a service, which turned out not to be so easy as we had thought on forehand. The presentation will focus mainly on the innovative aspects in the procurement of Bellevue, the Alliander house and some of its content.


The title of the workshop will be “How can Procurement help solve a shortage of workforce?” given by (short presentation followed by open discussion/debate) Mirjam Weima and Rob Beukeboom.

Content of the workshop: In a growing economy, we face serious shortages of well trained and qualified technicians in the field, both internal and with our contractors. This is a nation-wide issue in the underground Infrastructure business that we are in. And as training of qualified technicians takes 3-5 years minimum, there are no easy solutions. In the workshop, we will describe the issue, and would like to propose an open discussion with the audience how the Procurement function can help solve this with a variety of suppliers. We might touch upon topics you would maybe not expect at first sight.

Universiteit Twente

Postbus 217

7500 AE Enschede

t.a.v.: UTPC Stichting, Ravelijn

The Netherlands

Authorized representatives:

Jan Sebastian Steffen (Chairman)

Elisa Vincent (Secretary)

Torben Taros (Treasurer)