Our long-term ambition is to be able to meet our social needs in a sustainable manner while respecting the ecological limits of the planet.
In the chemistry/plastics strategic agenda, through the concrete shared actions in the strategic agenda, we aim to accelerate the path already set out towards more sustainable and circular chemistry and plastics production by 2030. In this way, we in Flanders evolve from an international leader in (petro)chemicals/plastics to an internationally leading circular hub for chemicals and plastics.
As a group, we decided to focus on the shorter-term ambitions (2030). This is in line with our vision to accelerate the transition by picking up the actions within the strategic agenda in 2022-2024.
We focus initially with the strategic agenda on the decoupling of economic growth from non-renewable resources and thus not yet on the (absolute) decoupling of economic growth from raw materials in general (non-renewable as well as renewable).
As part of the strategic agenda, we mainly want to work around more recycling. We want to pay attention to obtaining quality streams in sufficient quantities to enable more recycling and deployment of recyclates.
We want to work around reducing the ecological footprint of products. This via recycling, but also the use of other alternative raw materials, extending the lifespan, repair, and so on. Ecodesign plays an important role here.