Biobased circular economy in Delta region makes substantial contribution to national climate goals.

Biobased circular economy in Delta region makes substantial contribution to national climate goals.

With 20 biobased circular projects, the process industry can achieve more than half of its climate goals in the Delta region. This is the conclusion of research commissioned by the Circular Biobased Delta, supported by the provinces of North Brabant, Zeeland and South Holland.

In the presence of delegates from the provinces and delegates from industry and education, Willem Sederel,President of the Circular Biobased Delta, presented the roadmap to the Top Team Chemie. This roadmap is the first study in the Netherlands that provides insight into the impact of a portfolio of biobased circular projects on CO2emission reduction. If the biobased circular projects are realised, it is feasible to save a total of 5.4 million tonnes of CO2-eq per year. And to make a substantial contribution to the national climate targets for 2030.

Start of the Roadmap

Commissioned by the Circular Biobased Delta and with funding from the three provinces, independent research and advisory firm CE Delft investigated how much CO2emissions the projects portfolio of the Circular Biobased Delta and its partners can save compared to the current fossil production processes. Jo-Annes de Bat,deputy of the Province of Zeeland:“The results of this research will make the potential and importance of the project portfolio for the national climate goals more tangible and enable companies, policy makers and the Circular Biobased Delta to take targeted next steps. We can also drive new projects so that the next target of 10 million tonnes of CO2reduction in 2030.”

Unique knowledge position with export potential

Martijn van Gruijthuijsen, deputy of the province of North Brabant,underlines the conclusion of CE Delft that the biobased circular projects are much more than a way of2emissions reduction between now and 2030: “By now committed to a sustainable green chemical sector in the South of the Netherlands, we are working on the economy tomorrow and the day after. The future is circular and our industry also needs to work sustainably in order to become future-proof. In this way, we maintain employment in these sectors and build a unique knowledge position for Europe and the world.”

Call for support from Rich and top sector chemistry

During the online meeting, Willem Sederel called on the Dutch Government and the Top Sector Chemistry to support the biobased circular transition: “It is well known that entrepreneurs and companies in the circular biobased economy face numerous barriers: financing, legislation and regulations, the social discussion around biomass, sustainability framework(s) biorusts and market demand to name the most important. For this we ask for support from the government and the Top Team Chemistry.

We specifically ask the government for financial resources to enable scaling up, help in improving the image of bio-raw materials, implementation of practical sustainability frameworks and adjustments to the laws and regulations for the application of biomass. We ask the Top Team Chemie to give more knowledge, expertise, network and guidance to smaller, innovative entrepreneurs. There should also be more emphasis on circular biobased themes in the national knowledge and innovation agenda and within the trilateral agenda Netherlands – Flanders – North Rhine-Westphalia.”

Cooperation crucial

The delegates and entrepreneurs present support the need for good cooperation and partnership with Rijk and Topteam Chemie to help realise the roadmap in the coming years. Adri Bom-Lemstra, deputy of the province of South Holland:“Only if governments, knowledge institutions and companies work closely together can the transition to a circular economy succeed. And that cooperation goes beyond county lines. This roadmap shows what we can achieve. It’s nice that we can offer these today, now we’re working to make a difference together.”

Reception by Topteam Chemie

The Top Team Chemie is responsible for the knowledge and innovation agenda of chemistry in the Netherlands. In addition to Emmo Meijer,figurehead and chairman, it consists of David Pappie,Director of Top Sectors & Industrial Policy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Tom van Aachen,CEO Avantium on behalf of SMEs and Professor Bert Weckhuysen of Utrecht University on behalf of science.

Emmo Meijer stressed at the reception of the roadmap the importance of chemistry for society in general and for achieving the climate goals in particular: “It is very important that chemistry is not only part of the problem, but certainly also of the solution. For this purpose, the sector has been co-opted by the 2050 Chemistry for Climate roadmap: the start of Circular Biobased Delta provides an innovative and impactful interpretation within this that can be replicated in other regions.”

Implementation Agenda 2020-2030 CBBD

The project portfolio is part of the Circular Biobased Delta’s 2020-2030 implementation agenda. These are mostly projects from smaller innovative players whose CO2emission reduction is on top of the efforts of the existing industry. However, the many initiatives are at different stages of development and often take years to reach full maturity.

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