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Under this title the Economic Network Zuid (ENZuid – www.enzuid.nl)  started the initiative this year originating from the three southern provinces Zeeland, Noord-Brabant and Limburg. It stemmed from the realisation that the Dutch naphta steam crackers are in Terneuzen (DOW), Moerdijk (Shell) and Geleen (SABIC) together processing  more than 6 million ton naphta per annum. 

The necessary greening of the process industry implies that the energy transition goes hand in hand with the feedstock transition. Unfortunately this is not yet sufficiently the case, the industry is in particular focused  on the reduction of CO2 by planning, developing and executing energy programs: electrification, use of blue and green hydrogen with the necessary infrastructure and carbon capture storage (CCS).

Green Chemistry, New Economy (GCNE) is boosted by Arnold Stokking, managing director of Brightsite with support from the provinces, TNO and Bax Consultancy for phase 1 that lasted from beginning of the year till this summer. Collaboration was sought with industry and clusters/networks like Circular Biobased Delta (CBBD) and Smart Delta Resources (SDR). The effort resulted in a preliminary portfolio of 9 scale-up projects in the area of electrification/green hydrogen, recycling of plastic waste and biobased solutions. For more information see Annex.

CBBD contributed 4 innovative projects

  1. Biogate: 200 kt bio EO from bioethanol
  2. Bioethanol: 80 kt of cellulosic bioethanol from bagasse pellets
  3. Biorizon: 15 kt functionalized bio-aromatics
  4. Cracker feed: circular naphta feedstock from mixed plastic waste

After the summer phase 2 of Green Chemistry, New Economy has been launched with extra support from the ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Invest-NL, RVO and the Regional development agencies. Four program lines have been defined:

  1. Facilitate the definition of the critical elements of the projects in such detail that they can be executed and financed in phase 3 (>Q1 2021). Companies are in the lead here. CBBD is asked to apply its vast experience with biobased projects and business cases.
  2. Analyse the hurdles encountered by scaling-up the innovations. It concerns hurdles that entrepreneurs can influence and solve themselves. CBBD is asked to contribute here.
  3. Analyse the hurdles encountered by scaling-up the innovations. It concerns hurdles that are outside the direct influence of the entrepreneurs: law & regulation, permits, CO2 price, financing the valley of death, infrastructure. CBBD is asked to contribute here.
  4. GCNE, its partners and CBBD will also jointly define the action agenda before year end.