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On January 8, 2020, during the Groningen Seaports New Year's reception in Delfzijl, the final of the Sustainable Industry Challenge - Chemport Europe edition will be held.

This is an internationally oriented pitch event for innovative scale-ups from the green chemistry, recycling and green energy sector. Five industrial companies from the region – Teijin Aramid, Suiker Unie, ENGIE, ESD-SIC and BioMCN have joined the Sustainable Industry Challenge as so-called challenge owners. These companies are actively involved in the energy transition, in which scale-ups from home and abroad are challenged to come up with innovative solutions to the opportunities and challenges that greening offers.

€ 100.000

Scale-ups with succesful ideas can start a pilot and get access to an exclusive network of innovative industrial companies in this region. When the pilot is carried out, they also have access to the facilities of the companies. The winner will receive € 100,000 to spend on the pilot for the proposed solution for the region.

Economic Board Groningen is the initiator of the Sustainable Industry Challenge, Chemport Europe edition, from 2019-2020. Partners are Campus Groningen, NOM, Groningen Seaports, the province of Groningen and the province of Drenthe. All organizations are part of Chemport Europe, the ecosystem for green chemistry in the Northern Netherlands. The joint goal of parties in this ecosystem is to speed up the green economy and to put the chemical industry in the region on the map worldwide. It also fits in with the objective of the Eemsdelta industry agenda to be CO2 neutral by 2050.

More information about the specific challenges and registration options can be found on the website.