In the year 2050, anyone driving along the A2 towards Maastricht will see the impressive Chemelot skyline looming up ahead, with countless factories, car parks covered with solar panels, chimneys, cooling towers, roads,
railways, pipelines, and many modern office buildings. At first sight, the appearance of the Chemelot chemical complex - 1600 football pitches in size and Limburg's economic centre of gravity - does not differ much from that in this year.
In the space of three decades, an enormous transformation has taken place at Chemelot. In addition to the safest and most competitive materials and chemicals site, Chemelot will be Europe’s leading ‘circular chemical site’ and fully climate-neutral in 2050.
Chemelot's importance reaches far. The raw materials and materials produced on the Chemelot site are still an essential part of countless innumerable everyday objects. From bicycles and cars, to carpets and food, but also wind turbines.
In 2050 we will still be safely making semi-finished products and products that are useful and necessary to society. Innovative plastics will still be made so that, for example, cars are lighter, products last longer and food can be stored longer. However, in 2050, we will do this on the basis of reusable raw materials and sustainable processes. Fertiliser will also still be produced, but in a sustainable way using, for example, biomass residues and green hydrogen produced from household waste.
This ambition for 2050 requires the from the companies at Chemelot. innovations, efforts and investments. It also calls for new forms of cooperation and an even more active role and role and attitude of Chemelot as a chemical business park. We are ready for this!