The Port of Amsterdam’s contribution to sustainable growth

True to its motto ‘Ambition meets business’, the Port of Amsterdam has joined forces with regional, national and European partners to accelerate the transition to a sustainable society. Among its long-term partnerships is the Biobased Connections project, introduced by the Amsterdam Economic Board in 2013, which sees the Port of Amsterdam supporting smart ways to turn waste streams into raw materials and energy. The Port’s commitment to contributing to sustainable growth is attracting numerous like-minded businesses and start-ups with a biotechnological edge. Many of these operate at the intersection of the bio-based economy, which strives to substitutes dependence on fossil fuels with relying on organic material, and circular economy, which minimises waste while maximising product value and durability. Below, read about some of the Port of Amsterdam’s most prominent bio-based and circular companies, scale-up incubators and startups. 

Orgaworld

In 2008, this global leader in organic waste processing set up the Greenmills plant in the Port of Amsterdam, a highly efficient facility that transforms frying fat and other types of waste into biogas, green electricity and heating for more than 10,000 Amsterdam households. At Greenmills, Orgaworld works closely with companies such as Biodiesel Amsterdam, NOBA and Rotie, which are all part of the Simadan Group, an industrial ecosystem in which virtually no energy or material is lost in waste processing.

For more information, see www.orgaworld.com.

Rotie

With 65 years of experience in sustainable and organic waste, Simadan Group subsidiary Rotie specialises in collecting used cooking oils and organic waste from more than 35,000 organisations that range from large companies to boutique hotels. The waste is gathered in an environmentally friendly way with minimal collection trips and gets upcyled into biogas and green electricity at the Greenmills plant in the Port of Amsterdam.

For more information, see www.rotie.nl.

AEB

The waste-to-energy company AEB annually converts 99 per cent of the 1.4 million tonnes of Amsterdam’s municipal and industrial waste into sustainable energy and raw materials. Together with Waternet and the Port of Amsterdam, AEB is currently researching the possibility to convert biogas extracted from sewage sludge into bio liquid natural gas (bio-LNG).

For more information, see www.aebamsterdam.com.

Corbion

A global leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, Corbion prides itself in developing innovative bio-based food ingredients and biochemicals. Among the latter, which benefit sectors as diverse as pharma, electronics, personal care and agriculture, is poly lactic acid (PLA) resin. PLA is key for manufacturing degradable bioplastic with potential uses going from food packaging to long-lasting automotive parts.

For more information, see www.corbion.com.

Black Bear

By applying circular economy principles, Black Bear transforms rubber obtained from no longer serviceable tires into carbon black, a granular material that can be used for manufacturing products such as new tires, plastics, inks and coatings. And through its circular business model, Black Bear removes more CO₂ from the atmosphere than it consumes.

For more information, see blackbearcarbon.com.

Prodock

This scale-up incubator initiated by and located in the Port of Amsterdam provides a dynamic production, office and event space where growing businesses and established corporates can co-create solutions for tomorrow’s harbours. What’s more, Prodock is Amsterdam’s first accelerator with both in- and outdoor working space, so that its members can seamlessly navigate from planning through product testing to ultimately joining the ranks of Port of Amsterdam innovators.

For more information, see www.prodock.nl