Chemport Europe. Chemistry between companies, governments and universities.
Accelerating the green economy and putting the chemical sector of this region on the global map is the shared ambition of Chemport Europe. On 7 February 2017 the new ‘ecosystem’ was launched – the Top Dutch focus on bio-based chemistry. Chemport Europe gives existing businesses in the region a powerful impulse, attracts new national and international companies and gives promising start-ups a flying start.
Everything will be green: raw materials and energy
Crops, such as potatoes, sugar beet and wheat, are required to develop sustainable chemicals and products. The Dutch agricultural sector has the highest yield per square metre and is extremely efficient and highly organised. In other words, it is the perfect foundation for green chemistry. The ecosystem produces excellent score in terms of heat and power, as it already generates 8 gigawatt of green electricity and 500 megawatt of wind energy. That is only the beginning, the region continues to invest in renewable energy.
“We are doing everything in our power for existing and new companies that work together with us on the transition to sustainable chemistry. We have the talent, we are dynamic, we have gumption; we don’t hang about, we roll up our sleeves and get stuck in.“
Patrick Brouns, Regional Minister of Economic Affairs, Province of Groningen
Connection: chains and access
In Chemport Europe chemical companies can link up with existing chains, ensuring that the chemical sector in this ecosystem will become more sustainable and greener at a rapid rate. This creates a circular economy, because different companies operate in the same sector and exchange raw materials – intermediate chemicals around Delfzijl, polymers and fibre around Emmen. Companies that locate here can link up with nitrogen and hydrogen networks and with a centralised wastewater purification system. The existing infrastructure with
ports, airports, railways and motorways guarantees access to global markets for purchase and sales.
“The power of synergy is totally clear. It is the total picture of the North that gives us that international look with a unique character. Two beautiful green chemical clusters and a large agricultural hinterland. With Cosun, AVEBE and Campina – three major international agrifood companies – the picture is complete.“
Henk Brink, Regional Minister of Economic Affairs, Province of Drenthe
Working on the future: knowledge and talent
Groningen University and various universities of applied science work together intensively in Chemport Europe. There are testing sites where science fuels innovation, creating new ideas for sustainable products and applications. There are various intermediate vocational courses where young people with talent are prepared for jobs in logistics, agribusiness, the energy sector or the chemical industry. Talent that will prove important to the future of green chemistry.
Shared ambition: quick decisions
Chemport Europe welcomes entrepreneurs with ambitions to capitalise on the opportunities provided by green chemistry. The shared ambition of companies, government and universities facilitates quick decisions and smooth permit processes. The environmental movement also supports the transition towards green chemistry. In Chemport Europe a plan becomes reality in no time.