Gent/Brussels, 22 September 2020

Alco Bio Fuel, Messer Benelux and IJsfabriek Strombeek once again investing millions of euros in recycling
CO2 in North Sea Port

Biorefinery Alco Bio Fuel (ABF), industrial gas supplier Messer Benelux and IJsfabriek Strombeek will continue
their efforts to reduce CO2 emissions in Belgium. Together they are investing 10 million euros in a second
carbon dioxide recovery unit, located at Alco Bio Fuel in North Sea Port (Ghent). In the spring of 2022, this
second line will be operational, bringing the annual capture of green CO2 to 160,000 tons. That is an increase of
no less than 60% compared to current capacity.

The CO2 will be released when ABF processes biomass into bio-ethanol. This biomass is organic material that
extracts CO2 from the air during the growth process. In addition to bio-ethanol and CO2, the biomass also
produces proteins for animal feed and corn oil. After capture and treatment, the CO2 can be reused in the food
and beverage industry, greenhouse horticulture, water purification, refrigerated transport or as a chemical raw
material. The solid form of CO2 is dry ice, a well-known cooling and cleaning agent.

160.000 tons less CO2-emissions yearly

Including the investment made 5 years ago, a total of EUR 25 million will eventually have been invested to
capture, process and use 160 thousand tons of CO2 to replace CO2 of fossil origin. This installation captures and
purifies the CO2 gas and converts it into liquid. The result: a reduction in CO2 emissions of 160,000 tons per
year. This is equivalent to taking 117,000 cars off the road in Belgium.1 Not only does ABF reduce the CO2
footprint of bioethanol in this way, the company can also increase its product range.

Working towards a climate-neutral world

For Alco Bio Fuel, this investment is another important step towards climate-neutral production. “We are taking
up the European challenge of being climate neutral by 2050” said Charles-Albert Peers, CEO of Alco, “However,
as a company we already want to achieve this aim by 2030”. For Alco, this project is a fantastic example of
effectively taking CO2 out of the air, and according to Peers: “absolutely necessary to achieve climate

CO2, better known as carbon dioxide or (in liquids) carbonic acid, creates the refreshing bubbles in soft drinks, is
used in the purification of drinking water and is an alternative to the aggressive acids needed to neutralise

North Sea Porth welcomes this investment. Daan Schalck, CEO North Sea Port: “North Sea Port puts its
shoulders to the wheel in the pursuit of a climate-neutral world. The fact that the new investment by Alco Bio
Fuel is not limited to the production process, but also produces consumer products, is quite special”.

Alco Bio Fuel (ABF) in brief

– processes biomass (in this case wheat and maize) into sustainable products such as bioethanol, high-protein
animal feed and maize oil, as well as sustainable electricity,

– is a joint venture between Alcogroup, Vanden Avenne Commodities & Vandema and Arvesta.

Messer Benelux in brief

– Via Messer Industries part of the German family-owned Messer Group GmbH with worldwide subsidiaries,

– produces and distributes a wide range of industrial gases such as nitrogen, oxygen, argon, hydrogen, helium
and thus carbon dioxide,

– supplies gases in a variety of markets and applications, with the recovered green CO2 finding its way mainly to
the food industry.

IJsfabriek Strombeek in brief

– is a Belgian family business, based in Meise,
– mainly supplies the Belgian market with a wide range of gases and dry ice for, among others, the food and
beverage industry and the medical industry.

For additional information

Not for publication

Mr. Rob Vierhout
Tel.: +32 475 49 26 32
Vorstlaan 100 Bld du Souverain
1170 Brussels

Ms. Annett Beier
Tel +32 3 561 61 50
Messer Belgium NV
Haven 1053 – Nieuwe Weg 1
BE-2070 Zwijndrecht

IJsfabriek Strombeek:
Mr. Dieter Soens
Tel +32 2 272 41 30
GSM 0473 60 06 50
IJsfabriek Strombeek n.v.
Broekstraat 70
BE-1860 Meise

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