Holland Circular Hotspot signs partnership with Chemport Europe and Groningen Seaports

September 15, 2022

Holland Circular Hotspot and Chemport Europe – Groningen Seaports (GSP) have struck an alliance by signing a collaboration agreement. Together they will work to foster a circular economy that harnesses the potential of bio-refinery, green chemistry, and green energy within and outside European borders, empowering circularity worldwide.

On September 14th, in The Hague (The Netherlands), the organisations have entered a strategic partnership that will strengthen their cooperation towards a circular transition as well as create new business opportunities in the chemical industry. Chemport Europe is an innovative ecosystem, working toward a flourishing, sustainable chemical sector in the Northern Netherlands,  Circular Plastics is one their 4 focus area’s.


"Innovations from the Chemport region offer solutions to the challenges we face wordwide"

Henk Brink, Chairman Chemport Europe

Areas of collaboration

After working together with Holland Circular Hotspot during various Dutch trade missions and initiatives, Chemport Europe and Groningen Seaports decided to partner with HCH.

This new collaboration builds upon a shared vision that promotes the Dutch approach and solutions in the field of the circular economy internationally. Drawing on their respective areas of expertise, the partnership between Chemport Europe Groningen Seaports and the Holland Circular Hotspot connections, creates a broad network for the green chemistry ecosystem.

Chemport Europe has a plural ecosystem of over 120 companies and knowledge institutes that can contribute to showcasing solutions across the value chain. Groningen Seaports is a key player in this network, with strong developed industries for end-of-use solutions within the plastics, electronics and wind-turbine industries.

Henk Brink, Chairman Chemport Europe: “We look forward to the cooperation with Holland Circular Hotspot. Innovations from the Chemport region offer solutions to the challenges we face wordwide, and I am confident that the cooperation with Holland Circular Hotspot will strengthen our message across the globe.

Groningen Seaports’ CEO Cas König: “The partnership with the Holland Circular Hotspot connects perfectly with the international perspective that we have as a port regarding the circular field of operations. Circular chains are not built alone, but together in a global market. With this partnership we intensify the necessary cooperation with international trade partners, regions, and clusters”.

Freek van Eijk, CEO Holland Circular Hotspot: “We are very pleased to start this partnership with Chemport and Groningen Seaports. This hub clearly shows that sharing and combining material streams at one physical location creates innovative solutions for a circular economy. We look forward to share the succes of the hub and its 100+ companies with our international network.”

As a Dutch frontrunner in sustainable chemistry, Chemport Europe has been actively engaged in developing an ecosystem that implements solutions for green chemistry in the Northern Netherlands area. Therefore, circular polymers and recycling occupy a very prominent position in the playing field, alongside bio-based raw materials and CO2 and hydrogen as raw materials.


"With this partnership we intensify the necessary cooperation with international trade partners, regions, and clusters"

Groningen Seaports' CEO Cas König

About the partners

Chemport Europe is an innovative ecosystem for chemicals and materials in the Northern Netherlands, bringing together companies, governments, and knowledge institutes to work together towards the ambition of changing the nature of chemistry.

The organisation aspires to be the first chemical cluster in the Netherlands and the leading green chemistry in Europe by 2030, with zero CO2 emissions and minimum environmental impact. Its goal is for the entire Chemport Europe industry cluster only use renewable energy and feedstock by 2050. Its activity mainly addresses four sources for Green Chemistry:

  • Circular polymers: the Chemport region specialises in innovative polymer solution
  • Biomass: Green raw materials are abundantly available in the region
  • Hydrogen: Green hydrogen is a key focus: for fuel as well as raw material for the chemical industr
  • Carbon dioxide: Chemport hosts many initiatives for CO2 to chemicals

More information: www.chemport.eu


Groningen Seaports is at the forefront of the circular economy with an innovative cluster and sustainable investments. including Chemport Europe. In order to remain future-proof, Groningen Seaports (GSP) has the ambition to become the most important green port and industrial area in the Northern Netherlands by 2030. Within this hub, at least the following harvest raw materials are available: end-of-use plastics, end-of-use electronics, written-off windmill blades, and construction and demolition materials.

More information: www.groningen-seaports.com


Holland Circular Hotspot aims to create and strengthen circular economy export and investment opportunities for the Dutch business community and stimulate the international exchange of circular economy knowledge and innovation. This is done closely with the Dutch national government and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. By doing so, Dutch knowledge and expertise will contribute to implementing a circular economy in an international context, create mutually interesting business opportunities and help to accelerate the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to the climate objectives.

More information: www.hollandcircularhotspot.nl