Dag van het Klimaatakkoord

Op de Dag van het Klimaatakkoord praten we met experts over de slagingskans van innovaties voor de energietransitie. Hoe kunnen we de uitstoot van broeikasgassen sneller omlaag brengen?

Dutch industry has a major ambition: to be fully sustainable by 2050, and to meet tough intermediate targets along the way, most particularly in 2030. To do this, it will need to play a leading transformational role. 

But let’s face it: society at large may have some qualms about industry having such a key role. So industry will need to show that it recognizes fully what’s at stake, and that it’s ready to make the investments required and work with stakeholders across the board to make the energy transition happen. 

“We should see heavy industry, not as a big bad polluter, but as an indispensable partner in building a green future.…The Netherlands must pursue an active policy to green heavy industry. It’s time for a green industry policy.”

Evert Nieuwenhuis

To explore these – and other – urgent issues at this watershed moment, we’re inviting representatives from the world of government and politics, as well as from NGOs, SMEs, and industry to share their points of view and join the conversation at our annual ISPT Conference on November 2. The theme this year is “Industry in Society”. 

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, the ISPT Conference will once again be in-person: please be welcome at the Prodentfabriek, a major event complex in the heart of Amersfoort. 

ISPT Conference 2021

Part of the program will be in Dutch, though of course questions can be put in English, and every effort will be made to accommodate those who would prefer to communicate in English.

What to expect: ISPT Conference 2021

We’re pleased to line up an impressive roster of speakers. The ISPT Conference will be moderated by Dick Weiffenbach, Managing Director at Netbeheer Nederland.

After Dick’s opening remarks, the program will kick off with a video on green industry policy by journalist and researcher Evert Nieuwenhuis, who has worked with the scientific branch of the political party GroenLinks on an ambitious climate plan. 

After that you are invited at 3 roundtables where discussions will be commented on by Jan Terlouw, the well-known physicist, former politician, and writer of essays, thrillers, and children’s books. Since as far back as the 1970s, Jan has been actively involved in nature conservation, and in recent years he has been a committed advocate of a greener earth. 


12:30 Coffee and conference registration
13:30 Welcome and opening – by Dick Weiffenback
13:45 Roundtable 1: green industry policy (plenary)
14:30 Breakout sessions
15:45 Roundtable 2: sustainable energy (plenary)
16:25 Roundtable 3: circulair raw materials (plenary)
17:05 Wrap-up and closure
17:15 Drinks and talks

Roundtable 1: Green industry policy

The first roundtable discussions will take its cue from the opening video. The discussants will be:

Sanne van Keulen

Director a.i. at the Wetenschappelijk
Bureau GroenLinks

Donald Pols

Director, Milieudefensie

David Pappie

Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Climate

Tjeerd Jongsma

Director ISPT

Each roundtable will be reprised and commented on by Jan Terlouw, former politician and a committed advocate of a greener earth. 

Breakout sessions

After this first discussion, which will be held in plenary session, there will be a number of breakout sessions, organized by theme. This will give ISPT’s consortium partners a chance to discuss key issues in person for the first time in a long time (or in some cases, ever). 

Roundtable 2: Sustainable energy

There will then be a return to the plenary session, for the second roundtable discussion. Discussants will be: 

Martine Hoeksma

Energy Transition Program Manager at Shell Nederland

Yolanda Verbeek

Plant Manager at Uniper Maasvlakte

Benny Bakker

Area Sales Manager for the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Portugal at DMT

Andreas ten Cate

DirectProgram Director System Integration ISPT

Roundtable 3: Circular raw materials

The third roundtable will feature the following discussants: 

Aaike van Vught


Eva Helmond

Toekomstonderzoeker at Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek

Jurgen Hoekstra

Vice President Benelux and Managing Director BASF Netherlands

Kim Ragaert

Full Professor and Chair of Circular Plastics at Maastricht University

Sascha Kersten

Professor at University Twente

All in all, the day will likely be marked by candid exchanges, but with a view to forging a meeting of the minds. After all, it’s only when we connect and engage that we can make meaningful change happen. 

If you would like to take part in this lively event, please do join us:

And to close: some productive conviviality!

The day will be rounded out by drinks, where participants will have the opportunity both to network and to exchange views, and – who knows? – perhaps come up with new ideas and opportunities for collaboration. 

Please feel welcome and share knowledge, insights, and new ideas with others who have a stake in making the energy transition happen. You can register here.

Een van de sectoren die zich voor een zware opgave gesteld ziet om te verduurzamen is de industrie. Binnen de Klimaattafel Industrie zijn ambitieuze afspraken gemaakt, die worden uitgewerkt in het PIDI programma (Programma Infrastructuur Duurzame Industrie). Betrouwbare data rondom de verduurzamingsplannen van de betrokken partijen speelt een cruciale rol; dat die data er is EN dat die wordt gedeeld. En dat is tegelijk ook het probleem, omdat die data vaak ook concurrentiegevoelige informatie betreft.

Data Safehouses; de oplossing?

Dat brengt ook weer nieuwe vraagstukken met zich mee, zoals liability, vertrouwen tussen partijen onderling maar vooral ook in andere partijen als de overheid en anderen.
Dus hoe organiseren we dat? Welke technische en organisatorische methoden zijn er die deze dilemma’s het hoofd bieden? Dit soort data-governance uitdagingen zijn onderwerp van de vierde Inspiratiesessie van RVO en de Topsector Energie Digitalisering.

Wie is er zeker bij?

Deelnemers zijn o.a. Aaldrik Haijer (CEO Water Energy Solutions en tevens opsteller van de CES Noord, Moerdijk & Cluster 6), Gerard van der Hoeven (CEO iSHARE, een non-profit stichting die zich binnen meerdere sectoren inzet voor dit vraagstuk) en Harold Veldkamp, directeur Topsector Energie Digitalisering.

Waarom wil je aanwezig zijn?

Doe nieuwe inzichten op en ga in gesprek met experts. De visie, inzichten en input van deze sessie worden integraal gebruikt om de programmering van de komende jaren van Topsector Energie Digitalisering vorm te geven. Dit is dus je kans om behoeften, zorgen en kansen te delen!

2021 will be the 12th Stainless Steel World Conference in Europe and the key focus for the conference this year will be discussion, interaction, and knowledge transfer. Hans van ‘t Noordende, ISPT’s technical project leader of the GW Water Electrolysis project, will give an introduction about the innovative aspects of Advanced GW green hydrogen plant, conceptual design and material selection on December 2.

Interactive workshops will focus on new alloy developments – challenges and opportunities; welding; additive manufacturing; and modern energies: new possibilities for stainless steels and the contribution of stainless steels to sustainability.

More formal presentations will cover new developments in the manufacture of stainless steels, applications of stainless steel in green energy technologies (solar, wind, hydrogen, etc) as well as varying aspects of corrosion, cladding, automotive, manufacturing, applications, and duplex/super duplex. Plenaries will address the circular economy and sustainability of the global stainless steel market as well as the use of stainless steels and other corrosion resistant alloys in a variety of industries.

Join the open meeting of the ISPT Industry 4.0 cluster on Wednesday October 19th from 13:00 – 15:00, online via MS Teams. 

The purpose of the Industry 4.0 program of ISPT is to accelerate the transition of the process industry towards a circular, high value-added, efficient and competitive industry. This transition requires improved insight and transparency in the processing operations throughout the entire value chain. We aim to provide this insight to the process industry by leveraging the rapid growth in capabilities and cost reduction offered by digital technologies, such as smart sensors, data analytics, models and data architectures. 

The meeting will give you an overview of the ISPT Industry 4.0 program, of recently started projects, highlights and lessons from concluded projects, to share project ideas on topics of common interest in industry as well as upcoming events. 


13:00 – 13:05  Opening and introduction 

13:05 – 13:15  Industry 4.0 innovation program at ISPT 

13:20 – 13:40  “Reducing Energy Waste through Asset Monitoring” by Simon Jagers (Samotics) 

13:40 – 13:50  Q&A 

13:50 – 14:00 Break 

14:00 – 14:20 [“Data infrastructure in the process industry” by Raymond Janssen (Axians) 

14:20 – 14:30  Q&A 

14:30 – 14:45 Pitches of new project ideas and interests 

14:45 – 15:00 Announcements and Closure 

In november en december 2021 organiseert Energeia de Energy Tour 2021. Op 15 november komt het onderwerp infrastructuur aan bod. Op ieders lijstje met no regret-investeringen staat een waterstofbackbone. Maar hoe realiseer je deze infrastructuur tijdig en doelmatig? Het net-op-zee komt aan bod, nu in 2030 niet 11 GW maar 21 GW aan offshore windparken moet verrijzen. Aan bod komen aanlanding, energie-eilanden, windconnectors en andere infrastructurele hoogstandjes. Tot slot richten we de blik op CCS en CO2-transport. Wordt Nederland een CO2-sink en welke kansen en bedreigingen biedt dit? Willen we Duitse CO2 gaan opslaan in NL?

The Greener Manufacturing Show is the must-attend event for any sustainability focused company looking to design and manufacturer their products from more sustainable materials, limit and eliminate the use of toxic chemicals, and reduce the impact of their industrial and manufacturing processes on the environment and global climate change. 

Event logo - NPS17

Time for a live event? An event for the process engineering community in the Netherlands? Yes, we are proud to announce to you the next Netherlands Process Technology Symposium NPS17, where the needs, challenges, and solutions for a sustainable world and the role of process engineering will be conferred. 
NPS17 was postponed last year due to COVID-19. But we were glad to provide a series of webinars on the theme ‘sustaining the future’ which created a platform to connect and exchange ideas.  In line with this, the theme of NPS17 is ‘Together more sustainable’. The goal of the conference is to highlight academic research in sustainable process technology and connect it with needs from society, SMEs, and industry. Therefore, this will be a great opportunity to share and absorb sustainable ideas by meeting process engineering enthusiasts from these sectors in the Netherlands and beyond. 

Our keynote speakers have been confirmed!

Jennifer Holmgren


Kitty Nijmeijer

Full professor
TU Eindhoven

Kim Ragaert

Full professor Maastricht University

Sabine Stuiver

Founder & CMO Hydraloop Systems
Partner logo - DPTI

NPS17 is organized by Delft Process Technology Institute (DPTI). The symposium will be held on April 4th and 5th 2022 on the campus of Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Save the dates now!

Join the Industry 4.0 open cluster meeting on Wednesday July 14 from 13:00 – 15:00, online via MS Teams. 
The Industry 4.0 program of ISPT focuses on leveraging the rapid growth in capabilities offered by digital technologies such as sensors, data analytics and simulation models to develop industry-ready innovations that allow process industries to make far better decisions on how resources are allocated. 
The meeting purpose is to give you an overview of the ISPT Industry 4.0 program, of recently started projects, highlights and lessons from concluded projects, to share project ideas on topics of common interest in industry as well as upcoming events. 


13:00 – 13:05  Opening and introduction 

13:05 – 13:20  Industry 4.0 innovation program at ISPT 

13:20 – 13:50  Integrating Sensor Based Process Monitoring And Advanced Process Control – Tim Offermans (Radboud University)  

13:50 – 14:00 Break 

14:00 – 14:30 Data Enhanced Digital Twin Development for Process Control – Leyla Özkan  (TU/e) 

14:30 – 14:45 Pitches of new project ideas and interests 

14:45 – 15:00 Announcements and Closure 

The project Social Acceptance of Artificial Intelligence (SAAI) researched the obstacles of large scale implementation of Industry 4.0 and came with some clear conclusions on why inclusion and co-creation are essential for adoption.

The next industrial revolution

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in particular and digitalization in general are said to give rise to the fourth industrial revolution: Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 entails the promise of a shift from automated manufacturing toward an intelligent manufacturing concept. However, there are some obstacles on the way to really implement the concept on large scale.

Industry 4.0 obstacles

The obstacles of large scale industry 4.0 include societal issues such as a limited willingness to adopt to new technologies, described in terms of (company) culture, hype, and the training of staff.

• In many cases, higher educated management seizes the opportunities of smart innovations while lower educated employees have to deal with the threats of automation (for example job insecurity).
• The digitization of the industry and its societal challenges should be seen as a balancing act between what is technologically feasible and what is labor-politically desirable: the operators should be involved in the design process of the new digital systems to give them the chance to speak out their concerns.
• Task identity is very important for operators. Digitalization threatens this task identity resulting in resistance among operators to safeguard a sense of dignity in one’s respective job. Having employees involved in the innovation process could help foster a new sense of task identity; being able to contribute to and understand in what ways one adds to the production AND the innovation process and help determine one’s new role.

Inclusion and co-creation

So, if the process industry wants to become ‘smart’ its innovators should be keen to develop skills and to safeguard meaningful work. This is done by creating a work environment that fosters involvement and participation. Let’s be real – inclusion in the innovation process doesn’t mean everybody has to agree; inclusion means employees need to be heard and given an answer. So let’s stop talking about adoption and start talking about inclusion and co-creation!

Small-scale spectrometers are an emerging technology in the process industry. These low-cost handheld analytical devices can provide valuable information about product compositions and quality in situ, real-time and non-invasively, from several key locations either in- or outside the plant. Examples are food authentication and QA/QC, chemicals intake, process operations, agricultural crop and product analysis and many more. Handheld spectroscopy technology and its applications in networks will be discussed on 22nd and 29th September. These events are the first in the series of Industry 4.0 events ‘Trends and Applications in Process Industry’, jointly organized by ISPT and COAST.

22 September (15.00 – 17.00)
Handheld Spectrometry Networks – Applications in process industry

29 September (13.00 – 16.00)
Handheld Spectrometry Networks – Matchmaking session

A series of Industry 4.0 events: Trends and Applications in Process Industry

The events on September 22 and 29 are the first in the series of Industry 4.0 events ‘Trends and Applications in Process Industry’, jointly organized by ISPT and COAST. The digital transformation empowers process industries in their transition towards circular and competitive production. Successful digital innovations in process industries require cross-functional collaboration among those with deep process knowledge, analytical acumen and digital experience, as well as prioritization by top management. To facilitate cross-functional digital innovations for the process industry, ISPT, COAST and partners from relevant domains are joining forces with the organization of events focusing on emerging Industry 4.0 trends and applications in the process industry.  

The events will address the following trends: 
* Handheld Spectrometry Networks
* Predictive Maintenance/Condition based monitoring
* Safety
* Operational Excellence

For more information, updates and event announcements, please register to the Industry 4.0 newsletter of ISPT or check the website of COAST (www.ti-coast.com). 

The industry is in transition. How can current employees find their way in a changing environment? And what is expected of the future generation of smart employees? During Deltavisie we want to gain more insight into this through talks and discussions.