Chemelot Region first European Circular Hub
With the chemical industrial estate Chemelot and the associated Brightlands research and development campus as the beating heart, South Limburg is developing into a Circular Hub. Strategy Unit has been able to strategically supervise this process of intensive regional cooperation. The starting point was the so-called Inter-administrative Living Lab of central government, province and local government aimed at strengthening economic structure under the name ‘Regional Embedding Chemelot’.
This has led to the formation of an Initiative Group with directors and administrators on behalf of a broad alliance of companies, knowledge institutions and governments with involvement and responsibility for the chemical and materials cluster in South Limburg. Strategy Unit supported this Initiative Group in sharpening its regional profile and drawing up the Circular Hub Development Agenda.
The Initiative Group met on a weekly basis for several months, reflecting both the intensity of the cooperation process and the importance that stakeholders attach to it. In addition to substantive discussions with regional parties, various in-depth work sessions were held with representatives of relevant Ministries about the contributions from national policy. A video conference was held to inform a wider group of civil servants about the Chemelot Region’s first European Circular Hub.