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Belgium - essenscia
Written by Nick
09 Oct 2013

Summary: The Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences industries. Learn more about our partner in Belgium, essenscia.

essencia.jpgessenscia includes nearly 800 companies representing more than 95% of the overall turnover in the sector. Its 60 experts provide information, services and tailor-made advice to its members. The 17 professional sections of essenscia represent and promote interests specific to their sector of activities.

essenscia represents and defends the sector's interests at a European level through active involvement in Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) and the FEB (Federation of Belgian Companies).

The structure of essenscia is modelled on the reality of the Belgian institutions, with federal, regional and community areas of competence in order to provide state of the art services. essenscia bruxelles, essenscia vlaanderen and essenscia wallonie, the three regional sections of essenscia, act as spokesmen for companies to the Brussels, Flemish and Walloon authorities on regional and community matters.

Our sector
A very diverse portfolio of chemistry-based industrial activities has developed through the past two centuries in Belgium. The Belgian chemical sector today has one of the highest degrees of specialisation in the world.

The chemical and life sciences is a very heterogeneous sector. It includes a wide range of activities, from basic organic and inorganic products to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, products for agriculture, paints, glues, detergents, cosmetics, rubber and plastics processing and many other specialty products such as chemicals for the photographic industry.

Chemicals and life sciences serve many needs, from the most elementary to the most sophisticated in safety, hygiene, comfort, health and numerous other fields. The chemical and life sciences industry is a vital source for the sustainable development of our economy.

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For all matters relating to SPiCE³ in Belgium, please contact:

Ilse Forrez - Expert, energy and climate

Phone: +32 486 12 60 86
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ilse.jpgIlse Forrez started working at the University of Ghent in 2004 on several European and regional projects around advanced wastewater treatment. She graduated as a PhD in applied biological sciences in 2010 and started working at essenscia on a regional energy efficiency project for SMEs in Flanders. The one-year project was built around the mentoring of 10 SME's and had as a main goal to raise awareness for and to help implement energy efficiency in their daily operations. As an expert in energy and climate matters, she is managing the SPiCE3 project in Belgium together with her colleagues Patrick Degand and Sofie Stas.

Patrick Degand - Expert, energy and climate

Phone: +32 22 38 98 51
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patrickPatrick Degand is a chemical engineer from the Mons Polytechnic University and started to work as process engineer at the Ghent TEXACO refinery in 1978. He provided during 14 years technical services to the chemical industry and refineries worldwide for Catalyst and Chemicals Europe (1982-1996). His next appointment was as account manager to provide assistance to the user of process simulation software in France and Belgium (Hyprotech-HYSYS). He joined essenscia in 2001 as an energy expert, in charge of the implementation of the first voluntary agreement around energy efficiency between the Walloon chemical industry and the Walloon region.

Sofie Stas - Junior expert, energy and climate

Phone: +32 497 81 55 94

sophie_stas.jpgSophie graduated as a bioscience engineer in 2012. The same year she started at Ghent University to conduct research around energy cycling between the agricultural and the industrial sectors. Recently she continued her professional career at essenscia as a junior expert in energy and climate. She joined the team of Ilse Forrez and Patrick Degand on the SPiCE³ project. 

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