"This boosts employment in the region and over the long term, the competitive strength of industry throughout the Netherlands."
A €10m Dutch-Flemish agreement has been signed that will allow sustainable raw materials, known as bio-aromatics, to be commercially viable for industry by 2025. The project will, according to the four-strong group, Biorizon, “accelerate the development of bio-aromatics” and generate an alternative to fossil fuels that is both profitable and sustainable, replacing 40% of all chemicals.
The signatories for this particular deal are made up by the Dutch governmental region, Noor-Brabant, which will invest €5m, and research organisations TNO, ECN and VITO, which will contribute the other half of the cash. Not just consisting of four members, there are more than 200 organisations within the Biorizon community, many of which participate in projects that they also contribute to financially.
Bert Pauli, vice governor of the south Netherlands region, Noord-Brabant, said the development of new materials, especially in the field of bio aromatics, was important because the bioeconomy needs a very sustainable chemistry sector in the coming years. “This boosts employment in the region and over the long term, the competitive strength of industry throughout the Netherlands,” said Pauli, who added that Biorizon would support those involved and look for possibilities to help them “scale-up to the market”.
The agreement was signed at Biorizon’s annual event in Antwerp that brought together 150 people from the bio industry from across 15 countries to discuss the latest progress in the field of bio-based aromatics. Speaking at the conference, Biorizon business development manager, Joop Groen, said the group’s ultimate aim is to make bio-aromatics a commercial reality. “We’re making a lot of progress and what’s really exciting to see is that we’re moving out of the lab into real facilities and pilot plants.”
Biorizon is also involved in other sustainable projects that use bio-aromatics, including Waste2Aromatics that provides valuable raw materials for the chemical industry produced from waste such as organic waste, nappies, sieved material and manure.
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