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28 January 2021


9:30 am - 11:00 am

ONLINE EVENT Saccharide Agenda: the Future of the Biobased Chemical Industry

How can saccharide contribute to realizing the climate goals by reducing the carbon emissions of the industry?

Under the umbrella of the EU Industry Week 2021, the European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN), the Province of Groningen and Chemport Europe are glad to invite you to the online event Saccharide Agenda: the Future of the Biobased Chemical Industry“.

Saccharides are a valuable and readily available source of renewable carbon and therefore a suitable platform for chemicals. Evaluation of typical saccharide-based value-chains by industry experts reveals unique opportunities to produce renewable intermediate chemicals and polymers from regionally available agricultural products and imported feedstock in the period up to 2050.

This webinar will cover the way saccharide can be used in the chemical industry and give an overview of the Saccharide Agenda for the Northern Netherlands.  

9.30 AM
Opening speech & Welcome
IJzebrand Rijzebol, Regional Minister of Economic Affairs, Province of Groningen, 
followed by moderator’s introduction
9.35 AM
About ECRN and the purpose of the webinar
Monika Banka, Network Coordinator of the European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN)

9.45 AM
The Saccharide Agenda of Northern Netherlands
Errit Bekkering, Chemport Europe

10 AM
Two business models of how saccharide can be used in an industrial process
Ed de Jong, Avantium
Bram Fetter, Cosun Beet Company

10.20 AM
How the European Commission can facilitate the industry to reduce its carbon emission by stimulating the use of saccharide
To be determined

10.30 AM
Panel discussion 

10.55 AM
Wrap-up and closing remarks

The event is finished.