Indavers heat network ECLUSE spares 100.000 ton of CO2 emissions a year

INDAVER and SLECO operate an industrial heat network in the Port of Antwerp area converting energy from the incineration of waste into steam delivered to already 5 neighbouring chemical companies through a 5 km network of pipelines. This investment allows for the connected companies to move from fossil natural gas for generation of steam to […]

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 […]

Borealis invests 1 billion euro for new state-of-the-art propylene plant in Kallo

Borealis is an international chemical company with headquarters in Vienna. It is building a new, state-of-the art propylene plant in the Port of Antwerp that will be one of the biggest and most energy efficient plant of its kind in the world. It will produce propylene, a building block for polypropylene plastics (PP) that are […]

Open innovation to accelerate recycling of mixed plastic waste: MATTER project

Four companies and 6 research groups from two universities collaborate to ramp up polymer recycling in the Catalisti MATTER project. Started in May 2018 the two year project brings together academic researchers and technological business experts to analyse socio-economic aspects related to plastic recycling options. The focus is on mixed, post-consumer plastic waste streams (the […]

UCB engaged in diminishing waste

UCB’s management has set the ambitious goal to develop and produce medicines for people with severe diseases in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. Inspired by the Paris agreement, UCB decided to accelerate the implementation of its Environmental Strategy (also called Green Strategy) by setting the ambitious, absolute target to reach a waste reduction by […]

InOpSys closes process waste water and materials loops on site

InOpSys designs, delivers and operates a ‘Plant On A Truck’, which can provide a total on-site sustainable capex-free process water treatment solution for industrial process waters mainly coming from pharmaceutical or chemical industry. This installation is also called a fully Flexible, Modular and Mobile Unit (FMMU) and is built in containers. The Flexible & Modular […]

Value chain collaborations to realise the circular economy

The Circular Economy Package of the European Commission and its Plastic Strategy created a new drive for a more circular polymer economy, requiring new business models and enhancing value chain collaboration. The proven success of voluntary value chain collaborations such as Petcore Europe, representing the complete PET value chain in Europe since 1993, and Vinylplus, […]

New EU project “PUReSmart” coordinated by Recticel seeks to transform polyurethane into a true circular material

The PUReSmart project (PolyUrethane Recycling towards a Smart Circular Economy), coordinated by the Belgian company Recticel, was launched on 1 January 2019 for a duration of four years. It is supported by EUR 6 million in funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The PUReSmart collaborative consortium gathers nine partners from six different […]