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Climate: leaders for the world of tomorrow - Companies

Climate: leaders for the world of tomorrow – Companies

AGC, Carmeuse, John Cockerill, Proximus, universities… Around the Greenwin competitiveness cluster, an entire ecosystem invents solutions to decarbonize the economy. “Explorers of modern times”, greets its director, Véronique Graff.

The video was presented in November 2021, on the occasion of COP26 in Glasgow. Three heads of major companies in Wallonia explain for 25 minutes the recipes they are working on to decarbonize their industry. “We will have a massive need for electricity and hydrogen or a solution to capture CO2”, stress in turn Marc Van Den Nest, vice-president Technology & Innovation of AGC, Jeantoy, CTO of John Cockerill, and Jean-Yves Tilquin, R&D director of Carmeuse, i.e. three major producers of glass, metallurgy or lime. “That’s why we decided to combine our efforts to find…

The video was presented in November 2021, on the occasion of COP26 in Glasgow. Three heads of major companies in Wallonia explain for 25 minutes the recipes they are working on to decarbonize their industry. “We will have a massive need for electricity and hydrogen or a solution to capture CO2”, stress in turn Marc Van Den Nest, vice-president Technology & Innovation of AGC, Jeantoy, CTO of John Cockerill, and Jean-Yves Tilquin, R&D director of Carmeuse, i.e. three major producers of glass, metallurgy or lime. “This is why we have decided to combine our efforts to find innovative solutions.” Operation name: HECO2 for Hydrogen, Electricity and CO2. “These are three real leaders, smiles Véronique Graff, Managing Director of Greenwin, the Walloon competitiveness cluster, innovation accelerator in green chemistry, sustainable building materials and environmental technologies. It is extremely important to be able to count on such men. , beyond companies. A major change has taken place in the way in which manufacturers are taking new technologies in hand in the face of the climate challenge. This is a game-changer.”Around AGC, John Cokerill and Carmeuse, universities ( UCLouvain and ULB) bring their know-how, as well as other actors who conduct research on strategies to bring new ideas, such as the transformation of mine firedamp into energy. “It’s a whole ecosystem that is built from them, continues Véronique Graff. Together, we set off to discover a world, as the first explorers were able to do. You leave, you don’t know where you will arrive, but at the end, there is a land. They are visionaries.” The Director General stresses how much this “requires courage on the part of all players”. For companies, it is a question of making a bet of scale which, if it is made easier by the change of attitude of the world of finance, remains no less perilous. For universities, the course goes beyond the traditional one of studies to be published and profitability to be guaranteed in a closed envelope. This horizon of exploration of new possibilities must also face all skepticism, including those of the supporters of degrowth who watch with an annoyed eye these economic actors communicate. “It is vital to highlight the concrete innovations that are developing in the field, insists Véronique Graff. In this respect, the work of Bertrand Piccard is an example. It highlights the concrete work of actors at the international level: it’s very useful for us.” Proof that this is not minor: Greenwin today has more than 223 actors who employ some 85,000 people. At the end of January, Proximus joined this network. “Starting from chemicals, construction or green technologies, we are becoming a multi-sectoral hub, underlines Véronique Graff. Proximus also needs these answers.” To lead an unprecedented change. “A mutation? You mean a revolution,” she concludes.

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