Chemelot expects around 5,000 jobs to be added to and near the chemical and research field by 2030.
At the moment there are still around 8000 people working. Part of the new jobs comes from an expansion of the research and educational institutions in the Chemelot Campus, the rest from existing and new companies.
“Sustainability is the driving force behind this master plan,” says Chemelot director Loek Radix. “We still have to develop some of the technologies that are needed for this, but sustainability, after safety, is our top priority.” According to Radix, the sustainability ambitions are also good for job growth. “We need new companies that help us with sustainability. There is also a lot of interest from companies that are involved in this and want to establish themselves at Chemelot,” says Radix.
Part of the new jobs will end up outside the current industrial park. Chemelot wants to make much more use of recycled raw materials in the coming years, and those solids, such as gas and oil, cannot now be supplied by pipeline. They come by ship, train or truck. There is little room for such bulk transport on the Chemelot site itself. The master plan states that ‘external circular sites’ may have to be developed, where waste materials can then be stored and pre-processed before they can be used at Chemelot itself.
There are also logistical obstacles for the expected new staff. Because of the extra traffic, Chemelot wants better public transport, but also a viaduct at the intersection of the Urmonderbaan and the Oude Postbaan. For transport between the port of Stein and the industrial park, Chemelot also wants a road that only its own traffic can use.
A large part of the 80-page master plan is about the sustainability ambitions that Chemelot has set for the coming ten years. In addition to increasing the use of recycled raw materials, the company also wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 59 percent over the next ten years. More ‘green’ raw materials must also be used, industrial processes must become more efficient and more sustainable green energy must be used.
Safety is further discussed in the plan. A year and a half ago, Chemelot received a slap on the fingers of the Dutch Safety Board. A report from the OVV following a number of incidents concluded that a strategic long-term vision must be developed. With the ‘Samen Bewust Veilig’ (Together Aware Safe) program, Chemelot has now begun to do so, with the aim of being able to call itself the ‘safest, most sustainable and most competitive materials and chemicals and materials site in Europe’ by 2025.