L’Oréal Libramont, a “dry” factory

Located in Libramont since 1975, the L’Oréal factory is equipped with its own wastewater treatment plant. Industrial water undergoes initial physico-chemical treatment based on the principle of coagulation/flocculation/flotation, which makes it possible for 80% of the pollutant load of the water to be absorbed. The final complete water treatment takes place via a second step, […]

Sector supports fire brigade in dealing with accidents with hazardous substances

Accidents with hazardous substances are rare, but can have a major impact on people and the environment. Hence the importance of an adapted approach. The fire brigade in Belgium is organised into 35 zones that provide assistance to citizens and businesses. Certain specialised operational services are organised beyond the limits of the zones. One of […]

Increased resource efficiency at BASF Antwerp

The Aniline nitrobenzene installation is one of the many installations on the BASF site in Antwerp. This installation makes chemical products that you can find amongst others in the automotive, construction or textile industry. In 2016, BASF Antwerp started the construction of two new installation to be able to further valorise waste streams released by […]

Sectoral demography fund for life-long learning and quality of work

Since 2016, employers of the chemical, plastics and life sciences industry contribute to a demography fund. Employers and employees develop actions program about quality of work and receive financial support from that fund for implementation the actions. In June 2019 already more than 200 companies had submitted actions plans. You can find a selection of […]

Kaneka Eurogentec: healing through DNA

A progressive method has made Kaneka Eurogentec, a spin-off of the University of Liège, the world leader in the large-scale production of DNA plasmids. The term “DNA plasmid” refers to a circular fragment of DNA that carries a gene that, once introduced into the patient, generates a protein – with no secondary effect – that […]

Janssen Pharmaceutica: Spray drying, a first for better drugs

Thanks to a combination of innovative technologies, Janssen Pharmaceutica’s Geel site has managed to increase the effectiveness of highly complex drugs by facilitating their absorption by the human body. New drugs have to treat diseases of increasing complexity. As a result, the active molecules – the active ingredients of these drugs – are increasingly elaborate. […]

Borealis founding partner of Project STOP

Launched in October 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, Project STOP aims to accelerate waste management improvements in South-East Asia, reduce marine littering, improve livelihoods and public health, and increase resource efficiency. We know that a significant amount of ocean plastic waste originates from land-based sources, with roughly 50% originating from just five Asian economies: China, […]

Prayon continues its efforts to reduce phosphorous emissions in Engis

For several years now, Prayon has invested in its Engis site to continue reducing its phosphorous discharge into the surface water. Prayon, a worldwide leader in phosphate chemistry, has two production sites in Belgium, one in Puurs and one in Engis. The process Prayon uses at its Engis site to produce basic phosphoric acid has […]

Agrirecover pioneer in recycling empty packaging for agrochemical products

This voluntary initiative dating from 1997 collects rinsed agrochemical product packaging via over 170 collection sites in Belgium, so that it can be recycled. This is mostly HDPE plastic packaging which, since 2013, has been recycled in Germany to make plastic sleeves for electrical cables. This means that 90% of the packaging is collected in […]

Yara continues its efforts to reduce its N20 emissions

Nitrous oxide – N2O – is a powerful greenhouse gas. Its potential for global warming is nearly 300 times greater than that of CO2. Tertre-based Yara manufactures ammonia from nitric acid and fertilisers. N2O emissions are inevitable in the process of producing nitric acid: without treatment, the production of one tonne of nitric acid generates […]