Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry Netherlands

Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry Netherlands

SDR partners in an overview. Click to increase the picture

A roadmap was developed to ensure a climate neutral industry. International companies in the Netherlands and Belgium will collaborate in order to achieve the Paris targets of 80 to 95% CO2 reduction by 2050.

Therefore, eleven multinationals signed the Smart Delta Resources (SDR) partnership.

They 11 will develop business cases for the exchange of residual and material flows and through industrial transition. The focus of the partnership is reducing CO2 emissions and creating a circular economy, without losing sight of the original objectives.

The measures are included in the ‘Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry in the Delta region’, written by CE Delft.


Three strategic priorities have been formulated in the roadmap:

  1. electricity and hydrogen
  2. circular raw materials
  3. CO2 storage and the use of carbon

These priorities have been “translated” into eight concrete projects. When implemented, this can lead to the intended effect of CO2 reduction of up to 90% by 2050. These include a network for:

  • the exchange of hydrogen between Ghent and Vlissingen
  • an electrolyzer of 100 MW to produce hydrogen
  • the construction of a network for the storage of CO2
  • the project Steel to Chemicals, in which residual flows of the steel and chemical industries are converted into synthesis gas, a mixture of CO and hydrogen and a basic material for the production of synthetic hydrocarbons

The SDR region is suitable for starting the industry transition, because the companies are settled close to each other. Through mutual cooperation they can achieve a higher CO2 reduction than individually. These eleven industrial companies belong to the top of the world in energy efficiency and emission reduction.

Power2Hydrogen in the Delta region

Power to hydrogen is expected to become an important element of a future-reliable energy system that is based on climate-neutral energy carriers, offerings a high degree of long-term energy security and affordability. The main objective of the project on Power2Hydrogen in the Delta region is the realization of a regional facility that provides clean hydrogen produced from renewable energy to the hydrogen users by means of a hydrogen network in the SDR region by 2025.

The main objective of this project is the realization of a hydrogen network connecting hydrogen and oxygen production capacity to the major hydrogen and oxygen users in the Delta region. By 2030 this network should connect all SDR companies between Arcelor Mittal in Zelzate and Zeeland Refinery in the Sloe Area. The hydrogen network will be operated as an open infrastructure. This is an important precondition to allow for the use of a carbon- free hydrogen in the Delta region.

Necessary preconditions

The companies affiliated with SDR are now starting to implement these projects and have released budget and manpower for it. However, the realization of these projects depends on several external factors. That is why SDR seeks cooperation with governments, network companies and other stakeholders.

This mainly concerns investments in infrastructure, the development of technology, regulations, regional integration and the price development of, among other things, CO2, energy and oil. At least as important will be the condition that the competitiveness and the continuity of the partners is maintained. They argue that the success depends on good governance to create an equal international level playing field for the companies.

SDR Partners

Arcelor Mittal, Cargill, Cosun, Dow, Engie, ICL-IP, LambWeston-Meijer, Sabic, Trinseo, Yara, Zeeland Refinery the Province Zeeland, North Sea Port and Economic Impuls Zeeland.


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