Foreign Investments Europe Agro, Paper & Chemical Industries Platform and government fuel green economy
The Association of Dutch Chemical Industries (VNCI) and the Dutch Biorefinery Cluster signed a Green Deal with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. They did this to accelerate the development of the biobased economy and so contribute to the increased sustainability of society. The deal shows that "green" and growth go hand in hand via public-private cooperation. This deal runs until 2014.
With this deal, the industry promises that it will boost the use of biomass. The industry sees many opportunities, for instance, in the extraction of proteins from waste and the use of chemicals from plants. The Ministry pledges to provide assistance and support through consistent legislation and regulations and instruments that facilitate the conversion of potential business cases into commercial initiatives. A new element is that the deal combines different sectors: agro, paper and chemical industries (APC) to cooperate in initiatives that aim to expand the use of biomass. The APC Platform would like to complete at least six business cases before 2014, which will be turned into commercial ventures through the cooperation of companies from these sectors.
Source: VNCI, October 3, 2011