Indaver, a practical example of circular economy at Cleantech Forum

Indaver doesn’t just talk about the circular economy, it practises it too. In view of our leading role in the circular economy, we were a prominent presence at the Cleantech Forum Europe from 14 to 16 May in Antwerp, where we were keen to inspire others.

Paul De Bruycker: “An entrepreneurial outlook is needed in order to see the golden opportunities for the circular economy. You won’t find the answer in books, but you will find it in practice.”

Radical about-turn

The circular economy calls for a radical about-turn in the way producers, consumers and governments think. Cleantech plays an important role in this. Clean technologies allow us to make the economy less dependent on raw materials; at the same time, we reduce CO2 emissions and waste, and recover as many materials as possible for re-use.

Finding partners

No one organisation has the monopoly on the truth. Sharing knowledge, bouncing ideas off each other, seeking partners to put ambitious plans into practice and finding the right investors for them: that was the goal of the annual Cleantech Forum, which arrived in Antwerp in 2018 and brought together hundreds of start-ups, business leaders and investors from 25 countries.

Antwerp: sustainable hub

Choosing Antwerp, with its cleantech companies and sustainable chemistry, was not a coincidence. Nor was the presence of Indaver, which co-sponsored the Forum. Along with IndaChlor®, the installation for hydrochloric acid recycling in Northern France, the planned plastics2chemicals units that offer a solution for end-of-life plastics, and the ECLUSE industrial steam network – one of the largest in Europe – Indaver has a leading role.

Circular economy in practice: Indaver inspires

On Monday 14 May visitors to the Forum were able to get a glimpse behind the scenes in Doel, where Indaver showed how waste management is an essential link in the circular economy. Indaver recovers high-quality materials and energy from waste. Lamp recycling and the ECLUSE steam network, which has the grate incinerators and fluidized bed incinerators as a starting point, are the circular economy in practice. During a workshop on 16 May Erik Moerman from Indaver provided further information about our Molecule Management, the recovery of high-quality feedstock down to a molecular level.

Need for entrepreneurs

Indaver hopes it will have inspired other participants with these examples.

“The circular economy turns on value creation by closing cycles in an environmentally friendly way with low levels of CO2,” said Paul De Bruycker in his closing speech on the first day of the Forum. “It is not just about innovative technologies, but also smart business models. To combine these effectively, you need technological insight and entrepreneurship. This entrepreneurial outlook is needed in order to see the golden opportunities for the circular economy. You won’t find the answer in books, but you will find it in practice.”

If you would like to read more about the CleanTech Forum, go to www.cleantech.com/event/cleantech-forum-europe/.

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