Advanced Recycling on the Rise – Rapid Growth in Capacities at Global and European level

The update and expansion of the nova-Institute's report "Mapping of advanced plastic waste recycling technologies and their global capacities" provides a detailed insight into technological advances, identifies key players in the field and describes the current state...  Read more


Bio-based innovations for industrial applications: stakeholder event on 24 April 2024 in Brussels presents latest breakthroughs and key findings from research on circular bio-based solutions

Organised by two EU-funded research projects, CHAMPION and PERFECOAT, this stakeholder event is dedicated to the latest developments in bio-based solutions for a variety of materials such as coatings, paints, adhesives and detergents.  The research projects CHAMPION and PERFECOAT aim to replace co...  Read more


Navigating a Renewable Carbon Future with the Program of the CO₂-Based Fuels and Chemicals Conference 2024

Redefining CCU Technology and Empowering Power-to-X Solutions 

With a current capacity of over 1.3 million tonnes for CO2-based products and steadily growing demand, smart Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) technologies are helping to establish CO2 as a rene...  Read more


Four Weeks Left to Submit Your Innovation to the ”Renewable Material of the Year 2024“

The Innovation Award, sponsored by Covestro, is part of the Renewable Materials Conference (RMC), 11-13 June 2024, Siegburg/Cologne.

The Renewable Materials Conference (RMC) in Siegburg/Cologne (Germany) is the world's largest conference on chemicals and materi...  Read more


Greenwashing – No, thanks!

Workshop, 7 February 2024: The Green Claims Directive on the rise – Everything companies need to know In recent years, consumers have been increasingly bombarded by manufacturers and retailers with claims such as “carbon neutral”, “carbon negative” or “net zero”. As a result, these te...  Read more


Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2024: Nominated Innovations Range from Resource-efficient and Recycled Fibres for Textiles and Building Panels to Geotextiles for Glacier Protection

Six award nominees present innovative and sustainable solutions for various industries in the cellulose fibre value chain. The full economic potential of the cellulose fibre industry will be introduced to a wide audience that will vote for the winners in Cologne (Germany), and online.  Year after ...  Read more


Towards Advanced CO2 Utilisation and a Defossilisation of The Chemical Industry

Leading experts will be meeting at world’s hybrid key event in Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) from17-18 April 2024 in Cologne, Germany. The preliminary programme of the “CO₂-based Fuels and Chemicals Conference 2024” is available now.

From 17-18 A...  Read more


The Advanced Recycling Conference 2023 – A Success Story Beyond Chemical Recycling

With an impressive increase of almost 30 % to nearly 300 participants from 26 countries, the Advanced Recycling Conference (ARC) has established itself as the leading event for innovation in recycling in just one year. 

With an overwhelming positive response t...  Read more


Painting a Bio-Based Future with Microbially Produced Alginates, Lipids and Pigments

To add to the pursuit of a climate-neutral Europe and a truly circular economy, the PERFECOAT project develops and validates a new generation of industrial wood and decorative coatings with significantly more than 25 % bio-based components.  

Huerth, 30 November 2023: The European paint...  Read more


Program for the Cellulose Fibres Conference 2024 Now Available: Cellulose Fibre Production – From Recycling Agricultural Waste, Banknotes and Textiles to Replacing Plastics in Hygiene, Packaging and Textiles

The Conference will Showcase the Most Successful Solutions Based on Cellulose Fibres That are Currently Available on the Market.

  Huerth, 22 November 2023: The unique conference focused on cellulose fibres – in textiles, hygiene products and packaging, 220 participants from 27 countri...  Read more


Winter Special 2023 – 20 % discount on market and trend reports on renewable carbon until 31 January 2024

From advanced recycling technologies, over bio- and CO2-based chemicals, building blocks and polymers to specific polymer insights: The latest nova-Institute reports around renewable carbon markets are available for a special price

The portfolio of nova-Institu...  Read more


HICCUPS: Turning CO2 gained from wastewater sludge into bio-based polymers for packaging materials by using electrochemical conversion

Twelve partners of seven countries will demonstrate the full value chain from biogenic CO2 gained from wastewater to polymer end-use in the 4-year Horizon Europe project.

The acronym HICCUPS stands for “Highly Innovative technology demonstration for bio-based CO2 Capture and Utilization ...  Read more


Combining Concentrated Solar Power and Pyrolysis – The PYSOLO project

In July 2023, the Horizon Europe Project PYSOLO (PYrolysis of biomass by concentrated SOLar pOwer) was officially launched and will be up and running for the next four years. The project aims to prepare the ground for a novel game-changing and fully renewable process...  Read more


Catalysing Change – Smart CO₂-Solutions Wanted for the "Best CO₂ Utilisation 2024" Innovation Award

Innovators at the Forefront of Carbon Capture and Utilisation are Encouraged to Showcase Their Revolutionary Technologies and Products at the CO2-Based Fuels and Chemicals Conference 2024 

Submissions are open till 4 February 2024 After being deemed the main ...  Read more


Be Part of the Chemistry and Materials Industry's Transition From Fossil to Renewable Carbon!

Abstract Submission is Now Open for the Renewable Materials Conference 2024 (RMC) 

The brightest stars of Renewable Materials will meet again in Siegburg/Cologne (Germany), 11-13 June 2024. The unique concept of showcasing all renewable materials at one event ...  Read more


A Broad Range of Advanced Recycling Technologies Keeps Carbon in the Loop

Register now: The Advanced Recycling Conference 2023, November 28-29, 2023 in Cologne, Germany and online. 

Following its successful premiere in 2022, the Advanced Recycling Conference 2023 (www.advanced-recycling.eu) will present the broad range of advanced r...  Read more


CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals Conference 2024 – Call for Abstracts and Posters

More than 250 leading international experts in CCU and Power-to-X are expected to attend the hybrid event on 17–18 April 2024, in Cologne, Germany.

Topics of the conference include innovation, strategy & policy in CCU, carbon capture and green hydrogen produc...  Read more


Shaping the sustainable fibre future with cellulose fibres – Abstract submissions open for the Cellulose Fibres Conference 2024

Rising demand for renewable fibres meets bio-based and biodegradable cellulose fibres as a breakthrough solution for the future.

The success story of the Cellulose Fibres Conference continues from 13–14 March 2024 in Cologne, Germany, (on site and online). Th...  Read more


No Sustainable Future Without Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) – Why We Need Much More Political Recognition and Support for CCU

CCU enables the substitution of fossil carbon in sectors where carbon is necessary, supports the full defossilisation of the chemical and derived material industries, creates a circular economy, reduces the emission gap, promotes sustainable carbon cycles, fosters in...  Read more


The Use of Food and Feed Crops for Bio-based Materials and the Related Effects on Food Security – Promoting Evidence-based Debates and Recognising Potential Benefits

Renewable Carbon Initiative Publishes New Insights into a Hotly Debated Topic and Urges for Careful and Evidence-based Debates

In 2023, the world faces a global hunger crisis. According to the World Food Programme “a record 349 million people across 79 countr...  Read more


Summer Special 2023 – 20 % discount on market and trend reports all around renewable carbon until 31 August 2023

After a successful Renewable Materials Conference 2023, covering all renewable carbon topics, nova-Institute is offering its reports around renewable carbon markets for a special price.

The portfolio of nova-Institute's market reports covers all relevant topics...  Read more


Strong Interest in Renewable Materials: Record Conference Attendance and Three Winners of the “Renewable Material of the Year 2023” Innovation Award

465 participants from 32 countries attended the Renewable Materials Conference in Siegburg (near Cologne, Germany). The winners of the innovation award are bio-based and biodegradable elastic materials from KUORI (CH), carbon-light yeast oil COLIPI (DE) and the plast...  Read more


Advanced Recycling Conference (ARC) 2023 – Call for Abstracts

Taking place on 28-29 November 2023 in Cologne, Germany, and online, the Advanced Recycling Conference will introduce the diversity of advanced recycling solutions and brings together stakeholders along the entire plastics value chain.

Everything you ever wante...  Read more


The Chemical and Plastics Industry Will Need to Replace 1 Gt of Fossil Carbon per Year with Renewable Carbon from Biomass, CO2 and Recycling to Net-Zero

The upcoming Renewable Materials Conference, 23-25 May in Siegburg/Cologne (Germany) promises to be a one-of-a-kind event that provides a platform for showcasing the impressive achievements in the field of renewable materials. The conference will bring together exper...  Read more


Smart Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) Technologies and Materials Defossilise the Economy

With a current capacity of over 1.3 million tonnes for CO2-based products and steadily growing demand, smart Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) technologies are helping to establish CO2 as a renewable carbon feedstock. Many of these innovations have been introduced at the Conference on CO2-based F...  Read more


“Best CO2 Utilisation 2023” Innovation Award – Three winning CCU solutions open the road to transition away from fossil resources

Carbon dioxide is a renewable resource able to replace fossil carbon. CellCO2, Arkeon and Ultra-low Carbon Concrete showcase the versatility of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) solutions

More than 245 participants from 30 countries around the world attended...  Read more


The rise of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as a renewable carbon feedstock – More than 1.3 million tonnes capacity for CO2-based products already exist and are expected to at least quadruple by 2030

New report on the use of CO2 for chemicals, advanced fuels, polymers, proteins and minerals by nova-Institute – A deep and comprehensive insight into the evolving technologies, trends and the dynamically growing market of CO2 transformation and utilisation.

For the first time, the Interg...  Read more


Six Materials Nominated for the Innovation Award “Renewable Material of the Year 2023”

New materials will enable sustainable products in areas such as textiles, cosmetics, packaging, as well as elastic and biodegradable materials for a variety of applications. Participants at the “Renewable Materials Conference” will vote for the winners.

One...  Read more


From Emission-made Shoes to Jet Fuels – Smart Innovations Make CO2 the Feedstock of the Future

The Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals announces six nominees for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2023”.

Smart innovations are helping to rewrite the story of CO2 by providing sustainable carbon sources that can successfully replace foss...  Read more


Bacteria-Based Cellulose Fibre NullarborTM (“No Trees“) Wins “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2023” Award Against Strong Competition

The collaboration between Nanollose (AU) and Birla Cellulose (IN) with tree-free lyocell from bacterial cellulose called Nullarbor™ is the winning cellulose fibre innovation 2023, followed by Renewcell (SE) cellulose fibres made from 100% textile waste, while Vybra...  Read more


The Tech4Biowaste database: Getting biowaste conversion technologies out of the dark

The Tech4Biowaste database will be showcased online by its developers on 30 March 2023

The Tech4Biowaste database is the first and only open-source database for biowaste conversion technologies. At 10:00 CET on 30 March 2023, its creators will guide the audience through the database in the...  Read more


New tailwind for renewable carbon plastics in EU policy?

nova-Institute’s take on the recently published EU proposal for a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation as well as the new policy framework for biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics 

The long-awaited proposals for a policy framework for biobase...  Read more


The Future Sustainable Chemical and Materials Industry will be Based Entirely on Recycling, Biomass and CO2

From 23 to 25 May 2023, the brightest stars of renewable materials will meet in Siegburg/Cologne (Germany). More than 500 participants are expected to attend the "Renewable Materials Conference 2023" (www.renewable-materials.eu) – the meeting point for global leade...  Read more


Gaining momentum – Bio-based polymers grow at a CAGR of 14% between 2022 and 2027

Report on the global bio-based polymer market 2022 – A deep and comprehensive insight into this dynamically growing market

The year 2022 was a promising year for bio-based polymers: Bio-based epoxy resin production is on the rise, PTT regained attractiveness ...  Read more


Taking Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) and Power-to-X to the next level – Final Program of the “Conference on CO₂-based Fuels and Chemicals 2023”

Leading international experts meet at one of the world’s key events on Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) and Power-to-X from 19-20 April 2023 in Cologne, Germany, and online. 

Besides biomass and recycling, CCU is one essential pillar for the supply of re...  Read more


From Fibre Production to Recycling and Policy – The Final Program of the Cellulose Fibres Conference 2023

International experts will discuss hot topics along the entire cellulose fibre value chain at the upcoming Cellulose Fibres Conference, 8–9 March 2023 in Cologne and online. 

How can the cellulose fibre industry contribute to the sustainability and circulari...  Read more


Strengthening Bio-based Systems Through Concise Consumer Communication – The 3-CO Project

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only

and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or [name of the granting authority]. Neither

the European Uni...  Read more


Rewriting the Story of CO2 – Call for Innovations “Best CO2 Utilisation 2023”

Innovators in the field of carbon capture and utilisation are invited to present their breakthrough technology or product at the Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals 2023. Applications for the CO2 Innovation Award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2023” are open until...  Read more


Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2023 – From Hygiene Products, Sustainability Improved Technologies to Cellulose from Textile Waste and Banana Production Waste

Six award nominees will present promising sustainable solutions for the industry in the field of cellulose fibres value chains. See their full potential displayed to a wide audience in Cologne (Germany), and online.

For the third time, nova-Institute awards the...  Read more


Submit Your Innovative Product now: The Innovation Award “Renewable Material of the Year 2023”

For the third time, a comprehensive award will be presented for the best renewable materials that can be produced either from biomass, directly via CO2 utilisation, or recycling. Award ceremony will take place at the Renewable Materials Conference (RMC) in Cologne/Si...  Read more


Erfolgreicher Abschluss des iMulch-Projektes – Einfluss landwirtschaftlicher Mulchfolien auf terrestrische Ökosysteme

iMulch untersuchte die Auswirkungen von Kunststoffen auf Organismen, Bodenfunktionen, Drainagesysteme und angrenzende Gewässer.

Kunststoffe gelangen auf direktem oder indirektem Wege auf und in Böden. Ein weit verbreitetes Einsatzbeispiel von Kunststoffen auf...  Read more


Leading international experts meet at one of the world’s key events on Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) and Power-to-X

On 19-20 April 2023 in Cologne, Germany, and online. The preliminary program of the “Conference on CO₂-based Fuels and Chemicals 2023” is online. Take a look!

CCU is one essential pillar for the supply of renewable carbon besides biomass and recycling and...  Read more


Info: The Success Story of Cellulose Fibres Continues – First Peaks Into the Program of the Upcoming Cellulose Fibres Conference 2023 Available


The Presentations Will Introduce the Latest Development in the Sustainable Circular Industry. 8-9 March, 2023 in Cologne, Germany and Online

https://cellulose-fibres.eu   The commercial production of man-made cellulose fibres currently relies on the use of dissol...  Read more


The Success Story of Cellulose Fibres Continues – First Peaks Into the Program of the Upcoming Cellulose Fibres Conference 2023 Available

The Presentations Will Introduce the Latest Development in the Sustainable Circular Industry. 8-9 March, 2023 in Cologne, Germany and Online

The commercial production of man-made cellulose fibres currently relies on the use of dissolving-grade pulp from wood. A...  Read more


New Business Directory: Renewable Carbon Companies (ReCaCo)

Find companies that already offer fossil carbon free products, made from biomass, CO2 and recycling

On 1 December 2022, nova-Institute (Germany) will launch a new business directory that lists companies, associations and institutes that offer products and services in the field of renewable...  Read more


Countdown for abstracts: Only two weeks left to submit your abstract for the Renewable Materials Conference 2023 (RMC)

The brightest stars of Renewable Materials meet in Siegburg/Cologne (Germany), 23-25 May 2023. The unique concept of presenting all renewable material solutions at one event hits the mark: bio-based, CO2-based and recycled are the only alternatives to fossil-based chemicals and materials www.renewab...  Read more


Monitoring the Bioeconomy – The BioMonitor Project

BioMonitor addresses the information gap in bioeconomy research by re-structuring existing data and modelling framework. After more than four years of great scientific collaboration, the 17 partners share their results.

Over the last twenty years, EU policy makers have prioritized the expa...  Read more


Recycling paths are best walked jointly: This year’s Advanced Recycling Conference (ARC) showed the importance of collaboration

From dissolution to enzymolysis, gasification, pyrolysis, solvolysis, and thermal depolymerisation, ARC 2022 introduced the versatile and innovative landscape of advanced recycling solutions that reach way beyond conventional recycling. 

At the Advanced Recycl...  Read more


Winter special – 20 % discount on market and trend reports all around renewable carbon until 6th of January 2023

From advanced recycling technologies, over bio- and CO2-based chemicals, building blocks and polymers to specific polymer insights: Get the latest nova-Institute reports around renewable carbon markets for a special price

The portfolio of nova-Institute’s market reports covers all releva...  Read more


More than just chemical recycling – Advanced recycling improves the synergies in the recycling sector

Recent developments in markets and policy clearly indicate a transformation and long-lasting change in the circular economy of plastics.

While the European Green Deal has set the overarching aim for the European Union, markets, big industrial players, emerging start-ups and everything in-b...  Read more


Info: Only three weeks left for your abstract submission: Cellulose Fibres Conference 2023

8–9 March 2023 – hybrid event (on site and online), Cologne (Germany)

https://cellulose-fibres.eu   Now, in 2022, the European Commission has made the thorough transition towards sustainability and circularity for different industries and especially the textile s...  Read more


Discover the diverse program of the Advanced Recycling Conference (ARC)

Be a part of the solution and discover the multiple pathways of advanced recycling

We are happy to present you a comprehensive program that gives all attendees the opportunity to gain deep insights into all recent recycling developments. Aside the talks we offer several opportunities for n...  Read more


European bio-based industry turnover jumps to 814 billion Euro despite Brexit

The annual update of the Bio-based Industries Consortium’s (BIC) and nova-Institute’s report on Europe’s bio-based industries reveals that, despite significant changes in this year’s assessment due to Brexit, bio-based industries continue to grow, marking a total contribution of over 814...  Read more


Making the most of sustainable biomass – certification schemes and labels developed in new EU research projects

nova-Institut GmbH announces its participation in two new HORIZON Europe projects – STAR4BBS and BIORECER – which both focus on the development of innovative certification schemes and labels for bio-based feedstock. 

Following a successful kick-off meeting in Berlin in September 2022,...  Read more


BIORECER – Guidelines to strengthen current certification schemes for bio-based feedstock

Starting in September 2022, the new HORIZON Europe research project BIORECER aims to ensure the best possible environmental performance and traceability of biological feedstock used by bio-based industries. BIORECER will also assess the impact of current and adapted certification schemes on cons...  Read more


Together we drive the evolution of the circular economy for plastics

First 10 speakers from leading and emerging companies confirmed – be part of the solution and submit your abstract by 30 September

Everything you ever want to know about advanced recycling technologies and renewable chemicals, building-blocks, monomers, and polymers based on recycling: H...  Read more


New bio-based polymer PEF shows low CO2 footprint

Peer-reviewed LCA study with in-depth assessment of industrial PEF production and its use as raw material for bottles The nova-Institute conducted a peer-reviewed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Avantium’s PEF (polyethylene furanoate) applications within the framework of the European PEFerence pro...  Read more


Native bast fibres for buses, boards and automotive equipment

Development of novel moisture-resistant natural fibre-reinforced composite for structural components in the DuroBast project

Native bast plants such as flax, hemp and nettle have been used for fibre production for centuries. Their fibres are characterised by a wide range of properties and ...  Read more


Summer Special – 20 % discount on market and trend reports all around renewable carbon until 31st of August 2022

After publishing the latest report on advanced recycling technologies, nova-Institute is offering their previous reports around renewable carbon markets for a special price!

The portfolio of nova-Institute’s market reports covers all relevant topics on renewable carbon. The reports dive ...  Read more


The Biomass Utilisation Factor (BUF): A simple indicator to calculate circularity of biomass and bio-based products

nova-Institute publishes a novel indicator that enables to capture the circularity of biomass under consideration of both the cascading use principle and the efficiency of the biomass utilisation

The idea of transforming our economy from linear to circular has been visibly present and incr...  Read more


New trend and technology report: Mapping of advanced recycling technologies for plastics waste – providers, technologies, and partnerships

The report aims to clear up this jungle of information by providing a structured, overview and in-depth insight. It focusses on profiling more than 100 available advanced recycling technologies and related providers on 200 pages including 14 figures and one table. Target audiences are the chemic...  Read more


Many advanced and proven solutions to replace fossil carbon in chemistry and materials already available

Electrochemical transformation of CO₂, a natural polymer for paper and cardboard coating and material-to-material molecular recycling of plastic waste are the winners of the innovation award “Renewable Material of the Year 2022”

The unique "Renewable Materials Conference 2022", 10-12...  Read more


Converting CO2 through electrochemistry – The WaterProof Project

Starting soon, the new research project WaterProof aims at closing the waste(water) carbon loop by creating a novel biorefinery concept converting CO2 emissions from urban waste treatment facilities into valuable green consumer-products. The objective is a technology resulting in a GHG reduction...  Read more


CO2 Reduction Potential of the Chemical Industry through Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU)

Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), CO2 Value Europe (CVE) and nova-Institute publish a study showing the CO2 reduction potential of the chemical industry through CCU Today, the production of chemicals and derived materials heavily relies on the use of fossil carbon. Industrial processes need hydroc...  Read more


Press release (DE/EN): Six Innovations are Nominated for the “Renewable Material of the Year 2022” Award

Participants at the “Renewable Materials Conference” will vote for the winners

One way to overcome the chemical industry's dependence on fossil fuels is to replace oil and gas with renewable carbon within the existing structures of the chemical industry. But it applies also to innovati...  Read more


Converting wastewater into bio-based polymer, essential oils, phenolic extracts and clean water: The AFTERLIFE project presents its results.

AFTERLIFE demonstrates a new way of wastewater treatment that simultaneously recovers compounds of interest while converting remaining organic matter into a high-volume added value bio-based polymer.

  In the AFTERLIFE project, a research team of 14 project partners from seven European c...  Read more


Soap, proteins and highly complex molecules from CO2 – these are the winners of the "Best CO2 Utilisation 2022" innovation award

Large scale investments in CO2-based ethanol, methanol and aviation fuel are just around the corner – supporting climate protection and independence from fossil fuels. Participants of the "Conference on CO2-based Fuels & Chemicals 2022" elected the three innovation award winners. The award was...  Read more


Umweltfreundliche Mulchfolien für die Landwirtschaft

Einladung zur Abschlusskonferenz des Projektes iMulch

Während Kunststoffe in maritimen Gewässern aktuell zahlreiche gesellschaftliche Akteure beschäftigen, finden Bodenbelastungen durch Kunststoffe in Äckern und Feldern durch landwirtschaftliche Folien bisher kaum Beachtung. Besonders ...  Read more


Six Carbon Capture and Utilisation technologies for a sustainable chemical and fuel production nominated for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2022”

Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals 2022 – Cologne (Germany) and online, hybrid conference, 23-24 March 2022

Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) Innovations of the Year 2022: A lot of technologies are in place and in development to face the challenges of a sustainable chemicals ...  Read more


PHAs: Tenfold increase in production capacity in sight in just six years

Market report “Mimicking Nature – The PHA Industry Landscape. Latest trends and 28 producer profiles” published

Natural PHAs are a class of materials that exist in nature for over millions of years. These materials are both bio-based and biodegradable, similar to other natural materi...  Read more


Connecting fibres: The cellulose fibre industry impresses with innovation and vision

Cellulose Fibre Innovations of the Year: Carbon Fibres from Wood, Carbon-negative Virgin Fibres from Straw and Sustainable Menstruation Panties

The annual highlight of the industry is the International Conference on Cellulose Fibres in Cologne (www.cellulose-fibres.eu), where the latest in...  Read more


Unique equipment for biotechnological capture and conversion of CO2 into chemical building blocks developed in the BioRECO2VER project

CO2 as renewable carbon source

Carbon is the main element in numerous materials used in industrial processes and in our daily lives. It is currently mostly provided from fossil sources. But what if carbon could be used directly from CO2 emissions? Biotechnology shows particularly great pot...  Read more


Press Release (DE/EN): Cellulose fibres strengthen networks: The industry meets again in Cologne, Germany, and online

Strict security measures make it possible: long-missed meetings essential for the growth of the industry will take place again The annual highlight is the Cellulose Fibre Conference in Cologne on 2 and 3 February 2022, where the latest innovations will be showcased: from hygiene and textiles to non...  Read more


Political Tailwind for Alternative Carbon Sources

More than 30 leading pioneers of the chemical and material sector welcome the latest political papers from Brussels, Berlin and Düsseldorf

The political situation for renewable carbon from biomass, CO2 and recycling for the defossilisation of the chemical and materials industry has begun ...  Read more


Pressemitteilung (DE): Mikrobielles Upcycling – Eine Lösung für die Verwertung von Mulchfolien?

Forscher der RWTH Aachen entwickeln im iMulch-Projekt mithilfe von Mikroorganismen Upcycling-Strategien zur Verwertung von Mulchfolien  Die deutsche Landwirtschaft verbraucht jährlich rund 1,1 Millionen Tonnen Kunststoff und verantwortet somit einen Anteil von 4,7 % des deutschen Gesamtverbrauchs...  Read more


Press release (DE/EN): Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022

Cellulose Fibre Solutions are expanding from Hygiene and Textiles as well as Non-wovens up to Alternatives for Carbon Fibres for Light-weight Applications Great submissions made the nomination for the Innovation Award difficult. All of them present promising sustainable solutions in the field of ce...  Read more


The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) celebrates its first anniversary

Looking back at a successful first year with a tripled membership count and presenting clear goals and ambitions for the second year

After its launch on 20 September 2020, the RCI (www.renewable-carbon-initiative.com) is proud to celebrate its first anniversary this fall. The balance sheet...  Read more


Press Release (EN/DE): MeMBrane project ends after more than three years

The ERA CoBio funded MeMBrane project is drawing to a close at the end of this year and the team are reflecting on a successful project in difficult times.

At the kick off meeting in July 2018 the consortium from 9 institutions and 6 countries gathered in Birmingham, UK, with no one having...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Does your innovation have what it takes for the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022”?

International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022, 2-3 February in Cologne, Germany and online – Call for Innovations – Six nominees will get the chance to present their unique products The footsteps are big: in 2021, Stora Enso from Sweden won the innovation award, granted on the first day of ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): European bioeconomy robust as bio-based industry turnover jumps to 780 billion EUR

The bio-based industries continue their ascent marking a total contribution of 780 billion EUR, a notable increase of 30 billion EUR (+ 4%) compared to 2017. This represents a more than 20% increase compared to 2008 which is the earliest data taken into account in this series of reports by nova-Inst...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): The winners of the last innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation” transformed CO2 into methanol, cleaning agents, plastic packaging or surfactants. What technology or product in the field of CCU have you developed?

nova-Institute and YNCORIS together with CO2 Value Europe are looking forward to your application for the innovation award "Best CO2 Utilisation 2022". The award will be granted at the well-established "Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals", 23–24 March 2022 in Cologne (hybrid event) Carbo...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): The answer to your hunt for renewable materials: The Renewable Materials Conference, 10–12 May 2022, Cologne, Germany (hybrid)

The unique concept of presenting all renewable material solutions at one event hits the mark: bio-based, CO2-based and recycled are the only alternatives to fossil-based chemicals and materials (www.renewable-materials.eu)  Ready-to-use fossil-free sustainable material solutions with a low carbon ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): The success story of cellulose fibres continues – plastic bans drive innovation

International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022, 2-3 February in Cologne, Germany and online – Call for Abstracts and Posters – 300 participants and 30 exhibitors are expected

Cellulose fibres are among the winners of the European 'Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD)', which has bee...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): New BBI JU and EU Horizon 2020-Project PERFECOAT – High Performance Bio-based Functional Coatings for Wood and Decorative Applications

Project aims to develop and validate wood and decorative coatings with more than 25 % bio-based components

Achieving a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 requires the replacement of fossil-based material with bio-based material on a broad basis. Today, almost 1 million tonnes of paints and coa...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals 2022 – Call for Papers and Posters

More than 200 leading international experts in Carbon Capture and Carbon Utilisation (Power-to-X) together with 20 exhibitors are expected to attend the hybrid event on 23–24 March 2022, in Cologne, Germany (http://co2-chemistry.eu). Main topics of the conference are strategy & policy in CCU, rene...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE) New online presence for the content pages of the nova-Institute

As clear and colourful as the renewable carbon strategy From the very beginning, there was a clear separation between the appearance of the nova-Institute and its services on www.nova-institute.eu and the content pages of the nova-Institute, which have enjoyed high visitor numbers for years and can...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): Challenging the classical view of yeast tolerance to alcohol

Contrarily to the established hypothesis that cell membranes should be rigid to resist high concentrations of ethanol, an outstandingly tolerant yeast presents a more fluid plasma membrane structure, according to a study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Researchers from the Inst...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): VITO optimises CO2 conversion in the European-funded BioRECO2VER project

Industrial point sources of CO2 are well suited for carbon capture & utilisation applications, in short CCU. The conversion of greenhouse gases into added value (base) chemicals can take place in biological processes. With a brand new, unique high-pressure fermenter, VITO is researching how these pr...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): A tax on fossil carbon is more effective for a carbon border adjustment mechanism than a tax on CO2 emissions

Experts from the German nova-Institute present a tool for elegantly pricing the true cause of global warming In light of increased efforts towards climate neutrality by 2050, the European Union (EU) is working on the implementation of a so-called carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), which wou...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Minimising investment risks in renewable chemistry

The nova-institute in Germany offers tailor-made and single client studies to reduce the risk of wrong decisions. And it helps to find the best solutions for the use of renewable carbon sources. There is currently a lot of interest in renewable and green chemistry, bio-based chemistry, CO2 Capture ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): For which plastic products is biodegradation a viable end-of-life option?

The final report including comprehensive fact sheets of 25 applications is now available online in German and English. The BioSinn project found products and applications for which biodegradation at the end-of-life is a real option. 25 fact sheets answer technical and regulatory questions for each ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): Computational models of cell factories for a sustainable future

Horizon 2020 Industrial Biotechnology project CHASSY demonstrates the use of digital tools in making microbial cell factories a more viable option for the bioeconomy. Genome-scale metabolic models (GEMs) are an established tool for systematic analyses of metabolism for a wide variety of organisms. ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Summer Special at the nova-Institute: 20 % discount on all market and trend reports starting now, until 31 August 2021

From technologies over building blocks and polymers to fine chemicals: The latest market reports on bio- and CO2-based production, recycling, bio-based naphtha and the mass balance approach for a special price The nova-Institute's market and trend reports are considered the benchmark reports for t...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Winners of the innovation award “Renewable Material of the Year 2021”: A chair made from hemp fibres and bio-resin, PET bottles made from enzymatically recycled textile waste and CO2-based household cleaners

The new concept of the Renewable Materials Conference generated an outstanding response: 420 participants witnessed a firework of innovations of non-fossil material solutions and voted for the winners of the innovation award For the first time, the nova-Institute presented highlights and innovation...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): The need for bio-based carbon in a sustainable future – Studies on support to R&I policy in the area of bio-based products and services

“Carbon Economy” project illustrates the role of bioeconomy in a low fossil carbon economy for Europe, today and in the future. Carbon is the basis for a multitude of processes on our planet, many of them as parts of human economic activities. However, in a time, when “decarbonisation” is o...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE) How to meet the global need for carbon as a feedstock in the chemical and derived materials sector in the future?

The chemical sector has a long-lasting and increasing demand for carbon that is embedded in its products. Today, 450 million tonnes of carbon are contained in chemicals and polymers, mostly sourced from fossil resources. The free report “Turning off the Tap for Fossil Carbon”, shows how the ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Three advanced recycling technologies, a CO2-based cleaner, plant leather and a hemp chair are nominated for the innovation award "Renewable Material of the Year 2021"

For the first time: All fossil-free material solutions in one competition at the unique "Renewable Materials Conference". Six innovations were nominated from 36 submissions. The conference participants will choose the winner.

The choice was harder than ever for the advisory board of the co...  Read more


PRESSEMITTEILUNG (DE/EN): Bei welchen Kunststoffprodukten ist der biologische Abbau eine sinnvolle End-of-Life-Option?

Das Projekt BioSinn fand Produkte und Anwendungen, für die biologischer Abbau am Lebensende eine echte Option darstellt. 25 Steckbriefe beantworten für jede Anwendung technische und regulatorische Fragen. Auch das Marktvolumen dieser Anwendungen wurde geschätzt: Es sind in Deutschland etwa 170.00...  Read more


PRESSEMITTEILUNG (DE/EN): iMulch: Neun Kriterien zur Charakterisierung von Mikro- und Makroplastik in Böden

Forschern des iMulch-Projekts ist es gelungen, die ersten drei Prüfkriterien zur Bestimmung von Mikroplastik im Ökosystem Boden zu etablieren  Das Thema Plastikmüll ist inzwischen in allen gesellschaftlichen Debatten angekommen. Allerdings findet die Verschmutzung des Ökosystems Boden immer no...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021”: The three winners of the innovation award are turning CO2 into methanol, cleaners, plastic packaging or surfactants

CO2 has become famous in a sad way. Carbon Recycling International from Iceland, LanzaTech from USA and Covestro from Germany transform it into usable raw materials. 

More than 180 participants from 24 countries followed the 41 speakers online. Experts from industry and science presented ...  Read more