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With the arrival of the new year, the Circular Biobased Delta Foundation in the Netherland will also be formally disbanded. For ten years, Circular Biobased Delta (CBBD) has been the spider in the web of the biobased economy in the south of the Netherlands, linking agriculture and SMEs to industry, knowledge institutes and financiers, accelerating the transition to a circular bio-society.
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The end, however, also means a new start for a number of programmes, some of which will be transferred to other organisations.

The Chaplin programme, consisting of various projects aimed at developing, validating and realising biobased binders for application in asphalt, has been transferred to the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat, RWS) and will continue under the name CIRCUROAD.

CBBD’s biobased knowledge and experience has been transferred to the BioBased Circular (BBC) Dutch Growth Fund initiative, coordinated by Green Chemistry, New Economy (GCNE).

CBBD chairman Willem Sederel is going to represent the West Brabant cluster within GCNE. This will ensure the continuation of several activities, such as the biobased construction agenda and the annual Natural Fibertastic event (NFT).

CBBD’s Network Chemical Recycling will be hosted by GCNE as well. The focus here is mainly on thermochemical recycling. Together with TNO and Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH), the Network already launched the brochure ‘Chemical recycling in circular perspective‘ after last summer. HCH will also continue to strongly promote CBBD’s international activities (such as the Horizon Europe project Biomodel4regions) in 2024 and beyond.

The Shared Research Centre Biorizon, a cross-border initiative of TNO, VITO and CBBD aimed at the development and commercialisation of bio-aromatics, will continue with partners TNO, VITO and the Green Chemistry Campus located on the SABIC site in Bergen op Zoom.

Willem Sederel concludes: “While CBBD may be coming to an end, our work is far from finished!”

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