Remco de Boer
Host | Researcher and publicist, Studio Energie
Director General for Business and Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
CEO Port of Rotterdam
Prof. dr. Gert Jan Kramer
Professor of Sustainable Energy Supply Systems at Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development and Utrecht University
Carola van der Weijden
Director of the Province of Limburg
Dr. Ir. Colette Alma-Zeestraten MBA
Chair of the innovation working group of the trilateral strategy chemistry and former director VNCI
Managing Director Chemelot
Chairman Chemelot Circular Hub
Managing Director Brightsite
Principal consultant industry transformation TNO
Information and program
The climate targets for 2050 are clear and the plans are in place. Prime Minister Rutte has even said that we can lead the way in Europe. There is no lack of ambition in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine is turning the energy market upside down, China is lurking on the horizon and the clock is ticking. Now is the time for action. In recent years, COVID-19 has proven that a crisis can lead to a new way of doing things. Under pressure, everything becomes more fluid. Isn’t it about time we had a Climate Management Team to follow in the footsteps of the Outbreak Management Team? Making plans and acting alone is no longer enough. We need intervention. We need to let go of conventions, find connections and join forces to work on the greatest task of our time. We will only lead the way if we actually start the race.
Taking our cue from the main theme of our recent issue of Brightsite Transition Outlook, ‘What is required to reach the climate targets?’, we connect guests with important pivotal roles in business, knowledge institutions and government. Because we are only able to realise the transition from today’s Chemelot to the first fully circular chemical site in Europe if we work together. Remco de Boer (Researcher and publicist, Studio Energie) approaches the table discussion in his own unique way in search of connection and activation. Loek Radix (Managing Director Chemelot) and Jo Peters (Chairman Chemelot Circular Hub) share opportunities and challenges from the Chemelot site, a significant factor in the Dutch energy transition. We ask Allard Castelein (CEO Port of Rotterdam) not only to share his experiences in Rotterdam, but also how he thinks we can participate in the energy transition as a ‘gateway to Europe’. Colette Alma-Zeestraten MBA (chair of the innovation working group of the trilateral chemistry strategy and former director of VNCI) is responsible for the expansion to a trilateral context. Because transition is not just a matter of chemistry cluster, but can only be achieved in consultation with governments and the environment, we talk to such figures as Focco Vijselaar (Director General for Business and Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy), Carola van der Weijden (Director of the Province of Limburg), Gert Jan Kramer (Professor of Sustainable Energy Supply Systems Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development and Utrecht University) and Reinier Grimbergen (Principal consultant industry transformation TNO).
Specifically, it concerns the following topics:
– Ambitions vs reality: where does Chemelot stand currently?
– The raw materials and energy transitions, including the necessary infrastructure
– Government-led incentives
– Public support
These topics are highlighted from different perspectives and we strive to translate them into concrete collaboration initiatives to accelerate the time take from planning toward realisation.
In short, a stimulating conversation at a special, complete table, led by one of the Netherlands’ best researchers. An event not to be missed.
– 15:00h: Start event/networking possibilities
– 16:00h: Start table discussion
– 17:30h: Engaging in conversation during the networking reception
– 18:30h/19:00h: End of event
Register now and visit the Brightlands Chemelot Campus to get the opportunity to talk to the attendees before or after the table discussion. Connection is key — and where better to connect than where everyone is present all afternoon. If you are unable to come to Geleen in person, you can also follow the event online.