From 18 to 20 November, Belgium will host the Hotspot of the circular economy. This is an opportunity to get to know some of the leading companies in Antwerp.
As the second largest port in Europe, Antwerp is aiming for a real modal shift in order to fully enter the circular and low-carbon economy. On the banks of the Scheldt, the city has developed Blue Gate, one of Belgium’s first business parks specializing in circular economies.
The citizen is not forgotten in this process. Circular South is a district in the south of Antwerp where residents and businesses work together to establish a more sustainable lifestyle. At the University, pre-incubator (Blue App) and incubator (Blue Chem) are clearing the way for start-ups and supporting companies that are committed to sustainable chemistry.
Companies like Umicore, which recycles rare metals from mobile phones or laptops, have shown the way. Already in 2013, Umicore was ranked among the 100 most sustainable companies in the world. Whether in the field of clean technologies, logistics or sustainable chemistry, collaborations abound in Antwerp and make the city a real laboratory of innovation.