JANUARY 7 & 8, 2020

Creating strong connections!

The chemical industry is in need of green building blocks. These need to be developed in a culture of intensive cooperation between knowledge institutions and industry. The Sustainable Industry Challenge initiative is opening up opportunities in Northern Netherlands for global innovators to test and scale solutions together with the local business community, educational institutions and government. We bring scale-ups and large businesses together to make deals and solve industry challenges. So are you a scale-up in the field of green chemistry, energy transition or recycling? And is your technology (almost) ready to accelerate the transition of regional industrial companies towards a sustainable future? Enter the Sustainable Industry Challenge – Chemport Edition. Read more about the Chemport Europe ecosystem.

If you would like to continue to follow news and updates regarding the Chemport Europe ecosystem and / or follow-up on activities resulting from the 2020 Sustainable Industry Challenge – Chemport Europe edition, please go to www.chemport.eu.


Are you ready to unlock an opportunity?

We believe in making an impact together. Apply to one of the challenges for hydrogen, green chemistry or recycling and take advantage of everything the ‘Sustainable Industry Challenge’ has to offer. The overall winner will receive €100.000 to support the implementation of their pilot project in Northern Netherlands. Terms and conditions apply.



TO THE most innovative INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES IN THE Chemport Europe region.

Innovate together

Take on a challenge in one of three themes


Hydrogen – the most abundant element in our universe – can be used as a fuel, but it can also be used by the chemical industry. It is mostly produced from natural gas (which yields H2 and CO2). Production through electrolysis of water is also possible, but this is more expensive. However, this process is promising for ‘power to chemicals’: using surplus energy from wind or solar to produce green hydrogen by electrolysis. The green hydrogen economy, however, is a new market that needs innovation to overcome technical and economic challenges. Therefore, we innovative scale-ups that can add value to the H2 value chain.

2 challenges

Green chemistry

Supply chain collaboration and exchange of raw materials between companies is common in our region. Crops such as sugar beet, potatoes and also grass and wood are increasingly being used to produce sustainable chemicals. The chains will be closed in the near future, creating a circular economy.

2 challenges


Both mechanical and chemical recycling are becoming increasingly important, especially for the plastics industry. Our region has many companies that are specialised in mechanical recycling. It can only be performed on so called single-polymer plastic. Examples include PE, PP, PS, PET. Our region is also extremely suitable for chemical recycling. In Emmen for example, a chemical recycling pilot plant is being built as we speak.

1 challenge

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Green Chemistry


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Why we do this:

Because the Northern Netherlands is full of potential,

waiting to be unlocked

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