Industry plays an important role in the climate transition. CO2 emissions are linked to certain industrial processes. A hitherto little-known innovative solution for this is Carbon ("carbon") Capture and Utilization ("use") or CCU for short. With CCU, CO2 is captured and purified and then converted into valuable applications and thus new value chains, such as fuels or building materials. North Sea Port has the ambition to become such a hub for the valorisation of CO2 - or simply a CCU hub -. To realize this, a consortium has been set up with local companies, governments and knowledge institutions. POM is also an active member of this triple helix partnership. In order to better estimate the broader social impact of the creation of such a new type of industrial cluster, POM had a study carried out by the internationally renowned engineering firm Technopolis as part of the Interreg project Carbon2Value. In concrete terms, the research question was: what is the socio-economic impact for the region if the CCU initiatives are scaled up regionally in Ghent-Terneuzen and the cross-border area really develops into a CCU hub as a result? What is the impact on the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the existing companies? Are new economic activities emerging? Are jobs being lost or are new jobs just being added? Do they require different skills? You can read the answers in the study under the heading "Documents" on our website.