Wij zijn ISPT - Instituut voor duurzaamheid in de industrie

We are the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology

At the heart of our efforts is the transition towards a CO2-neutral, circular economy in 2050. But a sustainable future requires more than technological innovations: it requires collaboration. That’s why our core business is not in engineering, but in connecting people.

At ISPT, we are fully aware of the role the industry plays in responsible use of resources and energy. But we chose not to look at them as the big bad polluter, but an indispensable partner in building a green future.

ISPT is the leading institute for open innovation in the process industry in the Netherlands

Our vision

At ISPT we envision a waste-free economy in which products and raw materials are either recycled or reused. This means transforming the whole value chain, and that is a fundamentally different approach.

It is no longer about separate process innovations, but about system innovation and closing the chain together.

How does ISPT make the process industry more sustainable?

Our idea is that through open innovation companies can be more successful. Open innovation means that companies share practical experience and R&D ideas with each other – rather than just doing this alone or inhouse. The business model remains central, the technology and co-creation are additional advantages.

That is where we play our part: creating a trust-based environment that connects the parties involved and facilitate their sharing of expertise and know-how in joint projects. This gets development off to a flying start and accelerates feasible, innovative and sustainable solutions that will lead to full circularity by 2050.

All of our programs and projects:

Let’s do this. Together!

The topics we work on

Amongst the main challenges today are:

Raw materials & feedstock

The goal is for the Dutch economy to be completely circular by 2050. By 2030 the consumption of primary raw materials should have been reduced by half. Therefore, we need to find ways to minimize waste and bring precious resources back into the chain. Waste streams can be converted into valuable new feedstock.


Fossil-based energy used to be the standard, but now we need to look at energy from sustainable sources, like solar or wind energy. But also green hydrogen is a crucial element in the future’s large scale sustainable energy system. Huge amounts of hydrogen are needed towards 2030 and 2050. Today, hydrogen is not yet available on such a scale. ISPT enables electrolysis-based production of sustainable low cost hydrogen at scale as a driver for circular industrial chains.

Besides, to significantly reduce our overall energy use, we need energy efficiency. This concerns for example a better dialogue between buyers and suppliers, energy savings, reusing waste heat and/or better energy storage.

Emissions of CO2 from processes

We need more options for lowering CO2 emissions from within the (process) industry. There is a high need for production processes that use less emissions. This means mapping out raw material use, energy efficiency and emission flows to explore how these change with different sustainability options.

Another way to guarantee less emissions is to develop viable pathways for circular carbon use in carbon intensive industries. Several project of ISPT are concerned with lowering the CO2 footprint of the industry by using new technologies, tools and innovation dedicated to a zero carbon emission future.


A sustainable transition requires technological advancement and digitalization. The industry and its sustainability can benefit from current technological advances in artificial intelligence, connectivity and sensors. This concept called Industry 4.0 holds promises and opportunities for the field of sustainable process technology. Digitalisation is expected to increase the sustainability of our energy systems, production processes and product life cycles.

Join us

We can connect you to stakeholders across sectors and disciplines. We are based in the Netherlands but our work crosses borders. Let’s join forces to collaborate in mission driven programs where costs and risks are shared.

Are you interested in working together? Our partners are mostly Dutch and Belgian companies – big and small – with common interests and a shared vision in achieving full circularity in 2050.

Any questions or enquiries?

Please get in touch. Our passionate team of professionals is looking forward to answer any questions you may have.