Arnold Stokking, Managing Director Brightsite:
“I am proud to release Brightsite’s first Transition Outlook (BTO), the document that shows how and when the climate goals at Chemelot can be achieved and what is needed to do so. A future-proof Chemelot requires joint, sustainable innovation with processes that meet the needs of the site as a whole and that fit in with future developments in the Netherlands.”
The chemical industry, which is active on a large scale in Limburg at the Geleen Chemelot site, can make a substantial contribution to the achievement of these climate targets. This Brightsite Transition Outlook presents an overview of how and when these climate targets can be achieved at Chemelot and what is required to do so. Brightsite supports the site users in their investments in the future of Chemelot. The 2030 targets are expected to be largely achievable through measures already identified. However, the zero-emissions target for 2050 still requires several new solutions.
Together companies, knowledge institutions and government will shape the transition and achieve the climate targets at Chemelot
The integral approach and assessed scenarios
A future-proof Chemelot requires joint,sustainable innovation. Technologies that are needed for this have never before been applied on an industrial scale and scaling up is a significant challenge. As Brightsite, we create an overall picture and help companies at Chemelot to make the right choices for innovative technologies. It is crucial that we use processes that meet the needs of the site as a whole and that fit in with future developments in the Netherlands. By thinking in terms of systems and using well-thought-through modeling, we can better deal with uncertainties in assessed scenarios. This Brightsite Transition Outlook addresses the most important technological, social and educational solution directions.
Preconditions for successful transition
Currently, Chemelot is almost entirely dependent on suppliers of fossil raw materials (naphtha and natural gas) and (gray) electricity, and this will continue to be the case in the future with regard to the provision of green raw materials and sustainable CO2 -free energy. This requires improving the conditions under which new chain formation between chemistry and new supply sectors such as waste management and agriculture can be established. Much more electricity is also needed at industry sites such as Chemelot, which requires an exponential expansion of the infrastructure for generation,transport and system management. Intensive cooperation with local and regional authorities is essential for a promising transition of the chemical industry.
Handover first editions to Jacqueline Vaessen, figurehead of Topsector Chemie and Jo Peters, chairman of Chemelot Circular Hub.
On April 7, we were invited to hand over this Brightsite Transition Outlook to Jacqueline Vaessen, figurehead of Topsector Chemie and Jo Peters, ambassador and chairman of Chemelot Circular Hub at the Regio Boardmeeting. A beautiful reflection of jointly – companies, knowledge institutions and government – shaping the transition to achieve the climate goals in the Netherlands.
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This Brightsite publication (April 2022) has been produced under the direction of Paul Brandts (Brightsite Intelligence Officer) and Dick Koster (consultant) in collaboration with the Brightsite board and the Program Managers. The publication uses facts and knowledge available in January 2022 and is expected to receive an annual update.
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Green chemical industry is sustainable, innovative and competitive. As Brightsite we can do like no other boost the development and commercial application of innovative technologies that are needed to achieve the climate goals. If you would like to know more about how Brightsite supports the transition of the chemical industry or if you would like to contribute to it, please contact us at email@example.com
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