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For the first time, nova-Institute jointly presents all renewable material solutions: bio-based, CO2-based and recycled in one event: the new “Renewable Materials Conference”, held online on 18-20 May 2021.

Highlights and innovations of bio- and CO2-based chemicals and materials, and of chemical recycling will be presented, in other words: all material solutions based on renewable carbon – avoiding the use of additional fossil carbon.

The three-day program of the first Renewable Materials Conference is almost final and gives a complete overview of the latest renewable material solutions, a performance show for a wide range of sustainable raw materials and technologies.

The first day (18 May 2021) of the conference will focus on renewable chemicals and building-blocks. Latest news about biorefineries will be presented by Borregaard, Cosun Beet Company, NESTE and UPM Biochemicals. BASF, Eastman and BioBTX will show their latest insights on chemical recycling and Lanzatech and Renolit will present innovations on CO2-based chemicals. Further, Meo Carbon Solution, nova-Institute, TNO and VITO will focus on new technologies, markets, sustainability assessments and strategies.

The second day (19 May 2021) is dedicated to renewable polymers and plastics, starting with the question of how polymers can be recycled and cycled. Participants can look forward to presentations from Arkema, gr3n, INEOS, Recenso, Synova, TNO and UBQ. Further, Covestro and Avantium will show how polymers and other products can be made from CO2, and both also present highlights on polymers made from biomass, together with Circular Biobased Delta, IFF and Ren Com, followed by presentations from the six nominees of the Innovation Award “Renewable Material of the Year 2021”. After the six 10-minute presentations of each candidate, three winners will be chosen online by the conference participants and ceremoniously honoured by Covestro, the sponsor of the Innovation Award.

Also on the second day of the conference, the innovation award “Renewable Material of the Year” will be awarded to the most exciting new materials made from renewable carbon. Application is still open until 31 March. Pioneers from all sectors are invited to submit their innovation.

The third day (20 May 2021) is about markets, trends and sustainability of bio- and CO2-based polymers and biocomposites, political framework conditions, biodegradability and packaging solutions. Presentations from Carbiolice, FKuR, nova-Institute and Papiertechnische Stiftung will provide deeper insights.

Fibres and biocomposites also show exciting renewable material solutions. There will be presentations on the latest trends and developments from Amorim Cork, Bcomp, HempFlax and Lenzing.

The conference will be held as an online event. For more information, the programme and registration options, see the conference website.

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