CIrcular Valley Forum 2023
“Industries play a key role in the circular economy”

More than 1,000 visitors attended the second Circular Valley Forum held at Wuppertal's Historic Stadthalle (Germany) in November. This high-level event for the circular economy, organised by Circular Valley, Tech Tour and the Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC) brought together industry, policymakers, entrepreneurs, scientists and civil society.

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Cescco2 to upcycle PVC with supercritical CO2

Making the PVC chain circular is coming within reach as Groningen-based start-up Cescco2 can move forward with the scale-up of a new PVC upcycling technology using supercritical CO2 (scCO2). "It is the only green technology in the world for recycling PVC," says Francesco Picchioni, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Groningen (RUG). The project has been awarded a grant of €2.5 million from the Just Transition Fund (JTF).

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Chemistry: hand holding flask and bioreactor
“We have started harvesting”

Shared Research Centre Biorizon will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 29 and 30 November with the 10th Annual Event in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It will definitely not be the last event. "We have a lot of critical mass, so we will continue regardless," says Joop Groen, director of Biorizon, who in 2013 stood at the very beginning of the initiative on developing and commercialising new bio-aromatics.

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