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8 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
Gosselies, Belgium
(Bio-)Polymers and Ecocircularity: From Challenges to Opportunities


 Wednesday, 8 May 2019   16:00 - 18:00

PSYCHE Interreg Project

The overall goal of PSYCHE is to produce building blocks (olefins) from plastic waste to be reused by the chemical industry. Specifically the project aims at developing and demonstrating an innovative technology to gasify various plastic wastes fluxes. The syngas produced will then be converted in building blocks through Fischer-Tropsch reaction. The technical feasibility, economic viability and ecological impact (LCA) of the conversion process will be assessed.

This FWVL Interreg project gathered complementary expertises regarding chemical recycling of plastic wastes for a successful transfer to industrial in the region.

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The PSYCHE project

Prof. Kevin Van Geem, Ghent University


A European vision on chemical recycling

Hervé Millet, Director Technical and Regulatory Affairs, PlasticsEurope


Gasification of solid and tar-like materials – Large-scale commercial applications and potential issues to plastic recycling

Qi Chen, consultant, Chiron AlkaTrans Technology


Potential plastic feedstock for gasification

Prof. Steven De Meester, Ghent University


Brainstorm on new value chains for plastic waste gasification


Thursday, 9 May 2019   15:30 - 17:30

AgriChemWhey Project

Symbiotic industrial and agricultural value chain & Valorization of agro-food waste into biopolymers for packaging, what can be done in Wallonia? Lessons from the EU projects AgriChemWhey and KARMA.

The EU funded project AgriChemWhey (ACW) (22 million euros BBI funding) aims at tackling the whey disposal issues faced by the milk industry by converting whey low value residues into high value bio-based chemicals at industrial scale, including lactic acid and polylactic acid for packaging.

In the framework of the conferences, ACW (www.agrichemwhey.com) is holding a workshop, in collaboration with the EU KARMA project (http://www.karma2020.eu/) around the potential to build symbiotic agroindustrial value chains in Wallonia and thus replicate the projects in the region. Through this workshop, both projects are willing to interact with local stakeholder in Wallonia to disseminate good practices to connect the agrofood and polymer industry sector to eventually valorize agrofood waste into high added value molecules.


  • Introduction & round table
  • Lessons learned and good practices regarding the symbiotic value chain building: KARMA & AgriChemWhey
  • Workshop around the potential in Wallonia for “the Valorisation of agro-food waste into biopolymers and the development of symbiotic industrial and agricultural value chain”.
  • Conclusion

The workshop is open to anyone willing to contribute to the building of such symbiotic agricultural and industrial value chain, i.e. agrofood industries facing issues related to waste and/or packaging; technology provider for biomass transformation, polymer industry or anyone willing to support the local bio-based economy.

Contact: emilie.etoundi@greenwin.be


Closed since 7 May 2019


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Organised by


Belgium 70
Brazil 3
Denmark 2
France 4
Germany 6
Ireland 1
Italy 1
Netherlands 1
Poland 1
Spain 1
Switzerland 1
Total 91


Company > 250 employees 9
Company 10 - 250 employees 13
Company < 10 employees 4
University & High School 32
R&D Institution 11
Association/Cluster 13
Authority/Government 8
Other 1
Total 91