The program was announced by the Flemish minister of Economy and Innovation Philip Muyters at the end of March and states that Flanders will invest € 20 million per year for 20 years in innovation and research to become CO2 neutral by 2050. The focus is on biobased chemistry, carbon circularity in materials, the transformation of production processes and energy innovation.
Flanders wants to position itself as a leader in pioneering research and innovation for energy-intensive industries. Catalisti President Wouter De Geest and Managing Director Jan Van Havenbergh see the Flemish knowledge cluster playing a major role in this transition. In their presentation during the Catalisti Day, they highlight their vision and the important contribution that chemical processes can make to achieving the climate goals.