Research into green chemistry and ‘biobased’ landscapes

‘Biobased’ landscapes are poised to become the new suppliers of raw materials for the chemical industry. Petroleum will be replaced by biomass sourced from living nature. REDscape, in collaboration with a panel of experts, investigated the spatial consequences of biobased chemistry for landscapes on behalf of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The new raw materials often stem from nature management, agriculture, and industry by-products, thereby avoiding competition with food production. The design research primarily focuses on arable farming within the clay landscape of southwest Netherlands, particularly around the ports of Terneuzen and Vlissingen, which host a thriving chemical industry. Plans are underway for a new phase of research.