Groningen Seaports – Circulair Cluster Delfzijl

Groningen Seaports is the economic operator, developer, and port authority for the port of Delfzijl, Eemshaven, and adjoining industrial sites. The circular economy plays an important role in the economic development of this part of Northwest Europe. Groningen Seaports is at the forefront of the circular economy with an innovative circular cluster and ongoing sustainable investments. There they facilitate mechanical and chemical recycling with specialization in the recycling of plastics.


"By building steam pipelines across the port the chemical company Nouryon (formally Akzo Nobel) has decreased its CO2 emissions by 15% in the Netherlands alone."

Groningen Seaports

Enriching unwanted residues to achieve zero waste

The reuse and processing of everything that results from production in factories or that is unwanted by society, is enriched in the cluster to create resources, energy and new products. Groningen Seaports is committed to a sustainable circular value chain in which waste no longer exists. They work towards the use of bio-based raw materials, innovative technologies for the separation of plastics, and upcycling of materials, among other initiatives. They not only look at the recycling of used materials, but also focus on creating new bio-based packaging materials in close cooperation with their chemical cluster. The aim is to achieve a completely bio-based and circular economy.

A large number of major players is a part of the circular chemistry cluster, namely: Nouryon, PMC (the 1st company in the world with an environment-friendly and economically feasible method to recycle contaminated steel scrap into high-quality raw materials for the steel industry), VMI, EEW Energy from Waste, ESD-SIC, Bek & Verburg, JPB Group, North Water, MAIN, Subcoal International, Reym, Theo Pouw, Wenau, Begemann, GSO, Gebroeders Borg, Eneco Bio Golden Raand, BioMCN. For more details please visit their website