EIES 2021 | How we drive circular chemistry together


Brightsite is, together with Chemelot and Brightlands Chemelot Campus, proud partner of Europe’s largest event covering both the industry as well as the power business: the European Industry & Energy Summit (EIES 2021). On 7 and 8 December, more than a dozen keynotes, side events, cases and energizing talks will update you about future opportunities and threats of the energy transition and climate agreement. Together we strive to foster ideas, technology, plans and projects to address the climate challenge by bringing together all relevant parties and expertise. 

Join our Break-out session on December 8

During this Break-out session chemical site Chemelot, disruptive innovation campus Brightlands Chemelot Campus and knowledge institute Brightsite, discuss opportunities and challenges while making the chemical industry more sustainable. In three table rounds, with various guests from the business community, we debate how the transition of the second largest integrated chemical park in Europe is being tackled.

Under the leadership of Wim Raaijen (Industrielinqs) and with Klazien Ebbens (manager sustainability OCI Nitrogen) as co-host, we take a closer look at the transformation of the chemical industry at the Chemelot site in Geleen. With the help of knowledge and new technologies, which originate from the campus and are further developed from lab and pilot plant scale to ultimately commercial scale, we take on the challenge together.

  • Round table 1 – Taking on the challenge together with unique collaboration at Chemelot
    Loek Radix (Executive director Chemelot), Eric Appelman (CTO Brightlands Chemelot Campus) and Arnold Stokking (Managing director Brightsite) have an open and honest conversation about the opportunities and challenges in realizing the Chemelot strategy to become the most sustainable, competitive and safe chemical site in Europe. Because of the great synergy, originating from the DSM past, the Chemelot site is the perfect place to realize this transition based on a site-wide strategy. In practice an extremely ambitious mission.
  • Round table 2 – Let’s get concrete with knowledge, infrastructure and talent required for the development of technologies and applications on a large scale
    During this round table, we will discuss a number of concrete projects that are taking place on Chemelot, Brightlands Chemelot Campus and within the Brightsite program lines. How do they contribute to the Chemelot strategy? What are the challenges involved? Jos Visser (Operations director SABIC) explains how SABIC is replacing petroleum-based naphtha with waste plastics, and in doing so, making steps towards a sustainable circular economy for plastics. Denis Aarssen (Project manager RWE) talks about the disruptive FUREC project towards a process that enables the replacement of gray hydrogen by hydrogen produced from household waste. What are the challenges before the first circular hydrogen factory starts up in 2025? Pete Rowe (CEO and co-founder Deep Branch) will talk about one of the many innovative start-ups located on Brightlands Chemelot Campus; Deep Branch uses produced CO₂ to make proteins with a high added value. Chemelot is pre-eminently the breeding ground where the knowledge, infrastructure and talent required for the development of a technology such as this comes together to be applied on a large scale.
  • Round table 3 – Challenges facing government, what is needed to make this transition a successful transition from a social perspective
    We conclude this break-out session with a conversation with representatives who critically reflect on the industrial transition that the parties at Chemelot are working on from a broader social perspective. With Tys van Elk (Managing Director LIOF) we have an excellent representative of the region. He is excellent at reflecting from a regional development perspective, mutual cooperation, importance of innovative SMEs, availability of sufficient capital. He will highlight the enormous opportunities a more sustainable Chemelot site offers Limburg by becoming the first real circular hub in Europe. Effective cooperation between the many regional stakeholders is the biggest challenge. Jacqueline Vaessen (brand new ambassador of ‘Topsector Chemie’) will discuss the need for an integrated approach by the national government to enable the transition of the chemical industry in the Netherlands. As a thought leader Hans van der Loo will make the attendees aware of a number of challenges on the way to 2030 and beyond, based on his broad, international experience. Challenges that probably many were not aware of before the EIES 2021.

Why is this summit important?

The European process industry and energy sector are responsible for causing climate change. But on the other hand, they can also make a major contribution in providing solutions. The European Industry & Energy Summit (EIES) aims to stimulate ideas, technology, plans and projects to meet this challenge by bringing together all relevant parties and expertise from across Europe. The summit focuses on a variety of topics, such as zero-emission hydrogen, chemical recycling, energy efficiency, electrification, carbon capture, use and storage, bio-based supply chains and more.

Target groups and form, physical and online

The organization of EIES expects that the 2021 edition can be organized hybride, with a physical event and online streams. Rotterdam Ahoy will be the physical hub for plenary sessions and various side events and break-outs. Anyone can follow the different live streams via a network app. As target group EIES focuses on the management of utilities, process industry, petrochemicals, grid operators, food and beverage, heavy industry, pharmaceuticals, energy research and science, engineering and NGOs. As well as to suppliers to the process industry, secondment, consultancy, contractors and OEMs.