In the framework of the First Global Sustainable Chemistry Week, on 10 November 2021 ECRN organised an online event to discuss the role of regions as key players in the transition to a sustainable and circular chemical sector.
The main aim of this event was to boost interregional cooperation to support the transition to the sustainable and circular chemical industry. We will present the projects developed under the Chemical Partnership on S3Platform for Industrial Modernization and discuss the new solutions that can be multiplied and applied by other partners.
ECRN advocates for a stronger regional dimension in European strategies and policies related to the chemical industry. We believe that the chemical industry can effectively respond to Europe’s societal challenges with sustainable and innovative solutions if its economic growth is linked to territorial development. By bringing concrete local experiences and solutions into EU policy-making, the network aims to bridge the gap between policy elaboration and local impact.
Knowing the regional needs and trends, we want to engage relevant stakeholders through the entire value chain to provide an overview of the existing opportunities for cooperation and potential investment projects.
10:00 - 10:10 AM
Opening speech & Welcome
Minister Jeannette Baljeu, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands - the role of regions in facilitating the cooperation in the chemical industry
10:10 - 10:15 AM
European Chemical Regions Network - Video presentation
10:15 - 10:45 AM
Chemical Partnership on S3Platform for Industrial Modernisation - Testbed for Interregional Cooperation
Mattia Adani, CEO of NowalChimica and Member of the General Council of Chemical Industry Assolombarda, Italy - Bi-Rex project
Maria Dolors Núñez Sanchez, PhD, Coordinadora d’Anàlisi i Detecció d'Oportunitats Tecnològiques, Spain - Flow Chemistry Project
10:45 - 11:10 AM
The role of the European Commission in facilitating interregional cooperation
Ulla Engelmann, Director, Networks & Governance, DG GROW, European Commission - Future cluster policy
Monika Zsigri, Deputy Head of Unit, Smart and Sustainable Growth, DG REGIO, European Commission - Current and future support to S3 Platform
11:10 - 11:35 AM
New regional solutions for a sustainable and circular chemical industry
Heleen van Wijk, Groningen Seaports - Clean North Project on Circular Economy and plastics, the Netherlands
Lia Voermans, Brightlands Chemelot Circular Hub and SYCHEMIQ Horizon Europe project, the Netherlands
11:35 - 11:50 AM
11:50 - 12:00 AM
Fabrizio Sala, ECRN President, Minister for Education, Research, Innovation, University and Simplification - Region Lombardy, Italy