Plant One is a long-cherished wish of the Rotterdam region. The importance assigned to it is reflected in the prestigious list of partner-initiators: Deltalinqs, the Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Carbon Stars, the City of Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Provincial Executive, Rotterdam Port Authority and TNO.

The initiative for Plant One was taken by the Port Authority, RCI and Deltalinqs, who put up the funding for the budget plan prepared by Carbon Stars. With the transfer of €2,150,000 subsidy by then-Minister Van der Hoeven on 9 November, 2009, Plant One was launched. The subsidy came from the ministry’s ‘Peaks in de Delta’ programme. Half the sum comes from the (former) Ministry of Economic Affairs, the other half from the City of Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Climate Initiative, Zuid-Holland Provincial Executive and the Port Authority. The total investment sum is € 2,600,000. With its extensive know-how, TNO is making a major contribution to the development of Plant One.

In 2010 Carbon Stars established the limited liability company under which Plant One operates. In May 2011 Minister Verhagen of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation conducted the opening ceremony. On the same day Plant One welcomed its first clients to the premises.
Plant One intends to develop into a Centre of Excellence for sustainable process technologies.