Towards sustainable chemistry at Chemelot

On April 7th, Arnold Stokking of Brightsite handed over the first copies of this Brightsite Transition Outlook to Jacqueline Vaessen, chair Top Sector ChemistryNL and Jo Peters, ambassador and chairperson of Chemelot Circular Hub during the Region Board meeting. A good reflection of how companies, knowledge institutions and government are working together to shape the transition to achieve the climate goals in the Netherlands.

Arnold Stokking, Managing Director Brightsite: “I am proud to present 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 achieve this. A future-proof Chemelot requires joint, sustainable innovation with processes that meet the needs of the site as a whole and are in line with future developments in the Netherlands.”

Transforming industry
Given its size, the chemical industry, which is active on a large scale in Limburg at the Chemelot Geleen location, can make a substantial contribution to achieving the climate goals. This Brightsite Transition Outlook presents an overview of how and when the climate goals at Chemelot can be achieved and what is needed to achieve this. Brightsite supports the site users with their investments in the future of Chemelot. The goals for 2030 are expected to be largely achieved through measures that have already been identified. However, the zero emissions target for 2050 still requires several new solutions.

Integrated approach & weighing scenarios
A future-proof Chemelot requires joint, sustainable innovation. Technologies required for this are not yet applied on an industrial scale and scaling up is an important challenge. As Brightsite, we create a total overview and help companies at Chemelot to make the right choices for innovative technologies. We deploy processes that meet the needs of the site as a whole and that are in line with future developments in the Netherlands. Based on systems thinking and well-considered modelling, better dealing with uncertainties in well-considered scenarios. This Brightsite Transition Outlook examines the most important technological, social and educational solutions.

Preconditions for a successful transition
While the companies at Chemelot are now almost entirely dependent on suppliers of the fossil raw materials naphtha and natural gas and gray electricity, this will also be the case in the future for the supply of green raw materials and sustainable, CO2-free energy. This requires improving the conditions under which new chains can be formed between the chemical industry and new supplying sectors such as waste processing and agriculture. Also on industrial sites such as Chemelot require much more electricity, 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.

Read the full news article and download the Brightsite Transition Outlook on the Brightsite website.
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