Connie’s last position was plant manager at BP Chembel in Flanders. In her career she has worked with both petrochemical and renewable raw materials. Her experience in leading organisations, setting up and implementing business strategies and deploying new technology for the sustainable use of raw materials makes her ideally suited, according to the Supervisory Board and shareholders of the Campus, to further develop the Campus together with the team in the coming years.
After the previous director Petra Koenders became alderman of the municipality of Bergen op Zoom last June, business development manager Marcel Ernes and operations manager Arjan Oostvogels jointly fulfilled the interim directorship. Now Connie Paasse will take over the leadership from them.
Facilitating innovations in green and circular chemistry
“By facilitating innovations in green and circular chemistry, the Green Chemistry Campus contributes to a competitive and sustainable economy,” says Connie. “Think of the BioVoice programme that links questions from large companies to solutions from innovative SMEs. Or the demo facility where TNO is scaling up the production of green chemical building blocks towards commercial production. I’m looking forward to working with the ecosystem of the Circular Biobased Delta and to jointly take advantage of opportunities from the European Green Deal for the region”.
Martijn van Gruijthuijsen, member of the Provincial Executive for Economics, Knowledge and Talent Development of the Province of North Brabant, speaks on behalf of the two other shareholders of the Campus – N.V. REWIN West-Brabant and the municipality of Bergen op Zoom (via the N.V. Pleasantly) – when he says: “Committing to circularity now strengthens our earning capacity of tomorrow. That’s why we, as a province, are speeding up our efforts with our partners: this is how we are creating mass and impact on the road to a circular and sustainable future for Brabant. For us, the Green Chemistry Campus is the driving force behind the biobased economy and we are confident that it will remain a valuable partner with an experienced manager like Connie Paasse at the wheel”.
Green Chemistry Campus: Accelerating Biobased Business
At the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom, entrepreneurs, governments and knowledge institutes are working on scaling up new, sustainable materials and chemicals for the building materials and packaging industry. Renewable raw materials such as elephant grass, VGF waste and wood waste form the basis for this. The campus offers start-ups and scale-ups not only access to facilities such as laboratories, a demo facility and office space, but also support in the areas of finance, marketing and technology. Currently, an incentive scheme of €1.2 million is available for biobased SMEs who want to work with the Campus to create a bio-circular economy.