Space for innovations in green chemistry
Space for innovations in green chemistry

The north of the Netherlands is the perfect place for working on green chemistry, thanks to the powerful chemical and plastic clusters around Emmen, Groningen and Delfzijl, good sea ports and enterprising knowledge institutes. Chemport Europe (see box) puts this area on the map. And that attracts new activity.

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‘There must be benefits for primary producers as well’
‘There must be benefits for primary producers as well’

Ireland has a long and strong history of bio-based production and processing. The agrifood industry provides employment to more than 8% of the total working population, Irish agrifood exports are at an all-time high, forestry products exhibit strong export growth and the use of bio energy is at its highest point ever.

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Zoomland viaduct: bio-based showcase across the motorway
Zoomland viaduct: bio-based showcase across the motorway

Field voles, pine martens and foxes already know where the Zoomland viaduct is. The Brabant Landscape Foundation has recorded images showing this. The images were displayed last month during a mini symposium in Bergen op Zoom about the first bio-based viaduct in the Netherlands. The viaduct was recently put into operation as a passage for wildlife across the A58 motorway, but it also has space for a new cycle route to Roosendaal.

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