The government of Flanders, the Northern part of Belgium, has prioritised cluster policy and commercialisation of research, defining innovation hubs in a bid to become a leading EU region by 2020.
Catalisti, the Spearhead Cluster Chemicals & Plastics has been launched by essenscia, more than 100 companies, all Flemish universities and the Flemish government. Its mission is to accelerate the transition towards sustainability by promoting open innovation, identifying, stimulating and catalysing innovations. It focuses on renewable chemicals, putting waste and sidestream to use, intensifying processes and advancing sustainable products. To that end, the Spearhead Cluster supports small, medium and large enterprises and knowledge institutions in defining, setting up and implementing innovation projects.
In Wallonia, the southern part of Belgium, socio-economic priorities were set out in the 2005 Marshall Plan, updated as Marshall.4.0. The Walloon government’s Horizon 2022 focuses on industrial policy, including sustainable chemistry. GreenWin, its sustainable chemistry cluster brings together small and large enterprises, universities, research centres, training organizations and communities. GreenWin is organised around the life cycle of materials: development of sustainable products and materials; sustainable integration and implementation of materials and treatment and making best use of waste and waste-water. Wallonia was designated the EU executive among six “model demonstrator regions” to reinforce its strategy to lead in sustainable chemical production.
A second cluster, BioWin, brings together more than 100 health biotechnology and medical technology companies.