PRESS RELEASE: nova-Institute announces new market study on bioplastics with latest data for 2018

Winter special value pack: Get our current report with data for 2017 and receive the upcoming 2018 report for free

2018-12-05, Cologne – In January 2019, the nova-Institute will publish its new bioplastics market study “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Ca...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): For the first time, CO2-based products and technologies will be honoured – Apply now!

nova-Institute and the material manufacturer Covestro will award innovative technologies and products in the Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) area with the “Best CO2 Utilisation 2019”

2018-12-03 Cologne – Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) allows the approach to...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Common language across the value chains of bio-based products – where are the real challenges?

Terminology and common language used across the whole value chains from farmer to consumer is of major importance to facilitate the market uptake of bio-based products. The study carried out within the EU funded project STAR4BBI concludes that challenges are related to misuses of terms and to the...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Horizontal standards to deliver a better integration and support to bio-based industry

2018-11-15, Cologne – How can standards support the full deployment of innovation in the bio-based industry?  Standards are used in all parts of the bio-based product market. Their application is specific to a product or an application and can differ from sector or value chain whe...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Alternative proteins on everyone's lips

The winners of the first "Future Protein Award": an insect bar, Proteins made from CO2 and Hemp protein – a guide to the future for modern consumers

During the new conference "Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)", nova-Institute presented the first Future Protein Awar...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Innovation power of start-ups, research institutes and SMEs in the future of food and biomass production

2018-09-19, Cologne – Whether for digitisation in agriculture, urban and marine farming, improved crop efficiency or the production of sustainable protein, start-ups, SMEs, and research institutes play a major role in bringing innovation into the market. 

Which technologies...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Quo vadis PHAs? Plastics politics, in particular, will decide their future

2018-09-18, Cologne – Congress report on the “1st PHA platform World Congress”, 04-05 September in Cologne, Germany

Author: Michael Carus, CEO nova-Institute

Polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHAs are a group of polyesters (a platform) produced in nature by numerous microorga...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Innovation dynamics in the agricultural sector

2018-09-13, Cologne

"REFAB is the most exciting conference we have held in a...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Six innovative companies from four countries are nominated for the “Future Protein Award”

2018-09-12, Cologne – For the first time, the “Future Protein Award” will be awarded during the conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)” (, 1-2 October 2018, Cologne Germany

2018-09-12, Cologne – The “Future Protein Aw...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Harvest failures due to drought – ground-breaking innovations in food production in sight

2018-08-16, Cologne – Food security is becoming an important issue even in Europe, where this year's summer drought has led to significant crop failures. How can future food security be guaranteed in tim...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Future of Proteins: The first six participants for the “Future Protein Award” announced

2018-08-08, Cologne – The first Future Protein Award will be awarded during the new conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)” (, 1-2 October 2018, Cologne Germany

During the REFAB conference, the Future Protein Award is given out to ...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Renewable Carbon is Key to a Sustainable and Future-Oriented Chemical Industry

The equivalent to decarbonisation in the energy sector is a transition to carbon from renewable sources in the chemical and plastics industries. The nova-Institute published a position paper on the future of chemistry.

2018-08-06, Cologne – The chemical industry may only develop in...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Small but powerful: Microorganisms for sustainable agriculture

2018-08-02, Cologne – Worldwide, the interest in the development of microorganisms as biostimulants, biocontrol agents and agricultural probiotics has grown rapidly over the last two decades. At the upco...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Call for papers open for the 7th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers

2018-07-31, Cologne – More than 200 leading international experts in CO2 utilization and 20 exhibitors are expected to attend the “7th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers”, 20-21 March 2019, in Cologne, Germany (www.co2-chemistry...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Renewable Carbon for Fuels and Chemicals – New political framework will support Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), technologies ready, investments expected

2018-07-26, Cologne – The usage of carbon dioxide, among experts referred to as Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), is gaining momentum. First commercial production of CO2-based fuels and polymers has been launched, several additional technologies have progressed far enough to allow ...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Aqua- and Mariculture for Future Food and Biomass Production

The ocean has much more to offer than traditional fish farming and, as of today, we use only a fraction of its potential

2018-07-18, Cologne – New conc...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): High-tech strategies for small farmers and organic farming

Get an in-depth look into how innovations can both shape the future of organic farming and support smallholders worldwide

2018-07-02, Cologne – Mycorrhiza f...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Improved plants for greater food security in the future

Despite improved insect resistance and herbicide tolerance the emphasis is increasingly put on modifying and improving other plant traits as well

2018-06-21, Colo...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Three new hemp products were granted the Innovation Award “Hemp Product of the Year 2018”: A Hemp fibre reinforced electric scooter, a new natural cosmetic skincare brand and the first Cannabis Root Spirit

2018-06-20, Cologne – At the “15th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)” 340 hemp experts from 41 countries met on 12 and 13 June in Cologne (Germany) for the world's largest industry conference and exhibition ever. The Innovation Award &...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Less input, more output and lower environmental footprint

How precision farming and digitalisation revolutionise agriculture worldwide

2018-06-06, Cologne – The impact of the new technologies, such as robotics, dro...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): “Future Protein Award” honours the best solutions for the current protein dilemma

Will we be able to supply the growing world population with sufficient protein in the short- and long-term?

2018-05-29, Cologne – Many new ways are being explored to...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Strong growth in bio-based building blocks and moderate growth in bio-based polymers

New comprehensive market and trend report “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities and Trends 2017-2022” published by German nova-Institute

2018-05-22, Colgone – The production capacities of bio-based polymers continue to grow at around 3 to 4% per a...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): How to cover the future protein demand? Insects, solar proteins and artificial meat will be crucial

Numerous universities and innovative companies are looking for new ways to close the future protein gap for food and feed on a sustainable basis

2018-05-18, Cologne &ndash...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018” goes to Arctic Biomaterials from Finland for degradable glass fibre reinforced PLA

The second winner is Cardolite Corporation (US/Belgium), with a cashew nutshell residual-based blocking agent, and the third winner is AIMPLAS (Spain) with biodegradable nets for green beans. The special award of the jury was given to Warka Water (US) for a water collecting bio-based tower in ...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Tomatoes from space shuttle, desert and polar regions

Controlled environments enable agriculture under extreme conditions – latest developments at REFAB conference in Cologne

2018-05-03, Cologne – Have yo...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): nova-Institute presents the “Future Protein Award”

Many new ways to overcome future protein bottlenecks in food and feed

2018-04-24, Cologne – The best concept and the best taste will be awarded at the confe...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Home, urban and vertical farming will play a central role in the future food supply of metropolitan areas

New technologies are entering the market and will soon change our habits for good. The conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)”, Cologne, 1-2 October,allows a deep look into the future.

2...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE: BIOFOREVER – Detailed evaluation of GreenPremium prices for bio-based products along the value chain

In the framework of the European project BIOFOREVER (, nova-Institute has conducted a second survey round on GreenPremium prices for bio-based products and related questions.

Results have been published in a paper which can be downloaded for free ...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE: CO2 use is slowly picking up speed: First semi-commercial facilities, technical advances, but political support still unclear

2018-03-27, Cologne – 6th Conference on Carbon Dioxides as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers in Cologne, 15-16 March, showed state of the art technologies, current levels of investment as well as stimulated discussions on the right implementation strategy

...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Future Technologies for Food and Biomass Production

“Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)”, 1 – 2 October 2018, Cologne (Germany) will for the first time bring together forward-thinking experts to have a look at the future of food and biomass production

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PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Succinic acid: New bio-based building block with a huge market and environmental potential?

2018-02-28, Cologne – nova-Institute has published a new report on markets and trends for succinic acid as building block for the bio-based economy

The U.S. Department of Energy classified succinic acid (SA) as one of the twelve most promising bio-based building blocks for the future...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE: European Bioeconomy in Figures 2008 – 2015

2.3 trillion Euro turnover and 18.5 million employees in the European Bioeconomy in 2015 – Continuous increase of 10% since 2008

2018-02-22, Cologne – The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and s...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production” (1-2 October 2018, Cologne)

2018-02-01, Cologne – Today's global agriculture has a bad reputation, it is often considered a problem rather than a solution. Desertification and loss of fertile soils, over-fertilization and eutrophic...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Tenth Edition of the Bioeconomy’s “Who is Who” Directory to be Published – The Beeline to Suppliers and Partners in the Growing Bio-Based Business

The success story that is the International Directory for Bio-Based Businesses (iBIB) continues. Book your free two-page company profile for an unlimited time now

2018-01-29, Cologne – nova-Institute has been publishing the “International Directory for Bio-Based Businesses&rd...  Read more

PRESS RELEASE: The “Circular Bioeconomy” – Concepts, Opportunities and Limitations

2018-01-17, Cologne – The new nova paper #9 aims at highlighting the most important aspects related to bioeconomy and circular economy, clarifying some common misconceptions and addressing limitations

Si...  Read more