The international partners within Smart Delta Resources (SDR) are very diverse, but each belong to the (innovative) world top of their own sector: ArcelorMittal, Cargill, Cosun, Dow, Engie, Fluxys, Gasunie, Lamb Weston Meijer, Ørsted, PZEM, Trinseo, Vopak, Yara and Zeeland Refinery.
Top companies with an intrinsic desire to innovate
The international partners within Smart Delta Resources (SDR) are extremely diverse, but each, individually, is among the (innovative) global leaders in their own sector: ArcelorMittal, Cargill, Cosun, Dow, Engie, Fluxys, Gasunie, Lamb Weston Meijer, Ørsted, PZEM, Trinseo, Yara, Zeeland Refinery and Vopak. SDR receives active support from the provinces of Zeeland and East Flanders, the North Sea Port cross-border port company and ‘NV Economic Impuls Zeeland’. Each of the partners within SDR has their own sustainability agenda and ambitions, which reinforce each other in their collaboration within SDR. In their own agendas lies the intrinsic will to innovate, to become more sustainable and to be a good employer within the sector and the region. The structural collaboration between the Netherlands and Flanders within both governments and companies is anchored in the overarching goal of making the region more sustainable, whereby cooperation is not an option but is of crucial importance in achieving their own ambitions.
This collaboration has now been made tangible in several SDR programs and the associated partner projects. The cross-border Terneuzen-Ghent Canal Zone has benefited, for example, from a continuous industrial area with a great diversity of chemical/ petrochemical, steel, paper, fertilizer, car assembly and food industries. This diversity offers various opportunities for symbiosis between companies, whereby the interconnection of production processes can lead to the valorisation of residual flows. Additionally, concrete steps are being taken to substantially reduce CO2 emissions with a hydrogen connection between Dow in Terneuzen and Yara in Sluiskil. Furthermore, the innovative Steel2Chemicals and Carbon2Value projects of Dow Terneuzen and ArcelorMittal Gent are in full development. The merger of the ports of Zeeland Seaports (Terneuzen and Vlissingen) and the Ghent Port Company in 2018 into the current North Sea Port company is also a strong illustration of this.