Smart Delta Resources (SDR) is a transnational partnership of large energy and resource-intensive companies in the Schelde-Delta region. SDR wants to play a pioneering role in the industrial energy transition as a joint effort of the SDR region, SDR companies and international governments.
Across borders towards a climate neutral industry
SDR is a cross-sectoral partnership of energy and resource-intensive companies with active support from the provinces of Zeeland and East Flanders, the North Sea Port cross-border port company and ‘NV Economic Impuls Zeeland’. Collaboration within SDR takes place at C-level (CEOs) and is project-based within the SDR programs, as well as within the specific 'Taskforces'. The members, belonging to the most innovative global leaders, form a solid basis; since the foundation of SDR in 2014, most are still members. However, the focus has shifted from strengthening the competitive position through industrial symbiosis and innovation (at the time, in response to the shale gas revolution, increasing activities in the Middle East and the growing market in China) to jointly making the industry more sustainable with the mutual ambition of being climate neutral as a region in 2050.
The current focus is emphatically not a response to external climate goals, but stems from the intrinsic motivation of each of the partners and the realisation that we ourselves have to create the conditions for a sustainable future for the industry. The SDR Roadmap 1 was already drawn up by CE Delft in 2018. This clearly describes the way to a CO2 neutral industry (85-95% or more). At that time, SDR was already aligning to the Paris Climate Agreement (2015) and was anticipating the Dutch Climate Agreement (2019). How this gives the region a head start became clear in the 2030-2050 regional plan, which SDR presented in 2020. The 2030-2050 regional plan describes the strategy chosen by means of four transition paths, based on the applications of CCS, electrification, hydrogen, CCU and process optimisation. Green hydrogen is one of the tracks that Smart Delta Resources is following in order to achieve a climate-neutral industry by 2050, but SDR also ensures the elaboration of other development tracks, such as CO2 capture and storage, residual heat and recycling.
The 2030-2050 regional plan describes the strategy chosen by means of four transition paths and applications in CCS, electrification, hydrogen, CCU and process optimisation.
This includes being explicitly reflected in the SDR programs of Hydrogen Delta, Carbon Connect Delta, Spark Delta and Heat Delta, which are interwoven at value chain level. SDR is thus also at the source of derived partner projects. For example, concrete steps are being taken to substantially reduce CO2 emissions with a hydrogen connection between Dow in Terneuzen and Yara in Sluiskil. In addition, the innovative Steel2Chemicals and Carbon2Value projects of Dow Terneuzen and ArcelorMittal Ghent are in full development. The SDR programs have clear goals and milestones for 2030 and 2050, with further in-depth exploration of paths, conditions and investment needs. SDR is happy to play a pioneering role in this by creating all the conditions for realising the industrial energy transition as a joint effort of the SDR region, SDR companies and international governments. In doing so, the SDR region wants to make a significant contribution to the climate objectives of the Netherlands and Flanders, as well as Europe.