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The Netherlands is a major centre for chemistry. The components for almost all of the goods we use on a daily basis are supplied by businesses like Nobian, LyondellBasell, and Corbion. The industry is about to enter a cyclical transition in which carbon from waste streams, biobased resources, and CO2 will gradually replace fossil fuels. Not only must procedures be improved, but products must also be made more environmentally friendly. What is needed to make this enormous operation a reality? What fresh methods are being created and what is required? And what challenges face both established companies and new ones in the chemical industry? Our goal for this event is to arrive at specific solutions through the combined expertise of the audience and a panel of experts from the Green Brain.

‘Groene brein’ and ‘het versnellingshuis’ in collaboration with SustainaLab and the Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI), are organizing a new event on circular chemistry on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

This event provides a look into the future: what prospects does the field of circular chemistry have for businesses, and what new developments will it enable? We investigate strategies to reduce the chemical industry’s reliance on fossil fuels. Simultaneously, we investigate how novel approaches can guarantee the sustainable application of chemical items such as paint, shampoo, or cleaning chemicals.

Why you find this interesting:

You take part in conversations on how the Netherlands can implement circular chemistry on a big scale. You can learn from circular frontrunners and discuss your difficulties in the industry with professionals in the field. You remain current with the most recent findings and understandings in the field of circular chemistry.


  • Chris Slootweg, Associate Professor of Circular Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam
  • Ingo Schoots, founder of Q-plastics
  • Antoine Heideveld, Director of The Green Brain
  • Guy de Sevaux or Xandra Weinbeck, Invest-NL
  • Roger Blokland, Director of Relement
  • Manon Bloemer, Director of the Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI)
  • Bart Krull, Quartermaster of SustainaLab (moderator)
  • Willem Evers, Head of Circular Economy Department, Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management

Good to know:

This event is free and open to the public. After registration, you will receive details to the SustainaLab at the UvA Science Park in Amsterdam, where the event takes place from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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