Core Partners

Core Partners of the PHOENIX Initiative


Flanders supports several pioneer activities in CCU and CO2-valorisation. Based on an experience of several years in industrial biotechnology, Flanders hosts one of the world’s larger CCU demonstration plants. The large chemical industry cluster in Flanders further investigates the possibilities to transform CO2 into valuable chemicals and feedstocks.



France has published at the end of the year 2016 the “National Energy Research Strategy”. This Strategy has been built around important topics which are identified as essential for tomorrow. The given strategic directions highlight a large scope of new scientific and technologic topics to succeed in achieving energy transition.

CO2 valorisation is one of the identified targets of development.



Industries such as chemical, steel or cement are the backbone of the German economy. Whilst industry is a major producer of carbon emissions, it is also in need of carbon as a resource. CO2 valorisation offers a sustainable and reliable path to utilise CO2 as an alternative carbon raw material by interlinking previously unrelated industries and value chains. Though this can be achieved to a certain extend on national level, the full potential of these promising new technologies can only be reached by working together across Europe. Public-private partnership and interaction with all relevant stakeholders will be the key to success.


The Netherlands

On 28 June 2019, the Dutch government presented a climate agreement. It contains a set of measures drawn up in consultation with various parties across Dutch society in the joint combat against climate change. The carbon sources of the future are no longer fossil based.



A more resource efficient production with further reduction of the carbon footprint of the chemical industry  will rely on a mix of technology options including the utilisation of alternative carbon sources such as as CO2.

Many chemical companies have already invested in the development of technologies for the chemical valorisation of CO2. The utilisation of CO2, as an alternative feedstock would be a major technological transition for the chemical industry and will entail significant investments.