9th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers


Save the date: 23-24 March 2021


Winner: Best CO2 Utilisation 2020

Six new technologies and products from four different countries have been selected out of 13 applications. After a short presentation of all nominees, the three winners were voted online by the participants of the “8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers”.

The innovation award is sponsored by Covestro, world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials, and organised by nova-Institute and CO2 Value Europe, the only association exclusively dedicated to Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU).

The innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2020” goes to Air Co. (USA) for their Air Vodka from CO2. The second winner is Electrochaea (Germany), they showed their Power-to-Gas technology with biological methanation as a grid-scale energy storage solution, and the third winner is Climeworks with their direct air capture (DAC) technology. Press release will follow soon.

Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) as a fast-moving, environmental- and industry-driven innovation area has attracted more and more stakeholders. Several start-ups and established companies already launched CO2-based products or efficient utilisation technologies and even more players show their interest in getting involved in this field. Increasingly, they are planning and implementing more pilot, demonstration and commercial plants for power-to-X, low carbon fuels and a CO2-based chemistry. This is also stimulated by the improved political framework for CCU: the new version of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), which will apply from 2020, opens the doors for all CO2-based fuels, including the use of industrial off gases for all types of advanced fuels. There are also political discussions how to include the CO2 utilisation in the Emission Trading System (ETS). The German government is looking at low carbon fuels for a transition phase to electric mobility, comprehensive programs for high-volume synthetic fuel production from surplus wind energy are discussed in the summer 2019. Great visions are becoming real business cases and innovations are starting to realise their potential!

New and leading players will showcase new and improved applications that use CO2 as feedstock. Main topics of the conference are the political framework, renewable energy and hydrogen production, carbon capture technologies, CO2-based fuels for transport and aviation, chemicals and polymers, mineralisation and new developed technologies for CO2 utilisation.

Focus of the Conference

Meet the frontrunners in Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) at one of the premier and most prominent conferences on CO2 as feedstock in the world. More than 200 leading international experts in CO2 capture and utilisation and 20 exhibitors are expected to attend the conference.

  • Political framework
  • Renewable energy and hydrogen production
  • Carbon capture
  • Fuels for transport and aviation
  • Chemicals
  • Polymers
  • Mineralisation and advanced technologies for CO2 utilisation

1st European Summit on CO2-based Aviation Fuels, 23 March 2020

Sustainable Strategies & Solutions for Cleaner Air Transport

All information here.


Message from the Minister

Professor Dr Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

The conference on carbon dioxide as a feedstock for fuels, chemistry and polymers offers a unique opportunity for exchange with international experts on forward-looking issues. I am very excited about the upcoming conference because it contributes significantly to a proper balance of environmental and economic interests and helps strengthen North Rhine-Westphalia as an industrial location. It is the road towards new opportunity and the spark plug for the innovation needed to make North Rhine-Westphalia’s industry sector carbon neutral.

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nova-Institute is a private and independent research institute, founded in 1994; nova offers research and consultancy with a focus on bio-based and CO2-based economy in the fields of food and feedstock, techno-economic evaluation, markets, sustainability, dissemination, B2B communication and policy. Every year, nova organises several large conferences on these topics; nova-Institute has 35 employees and an annual turnover of more than 3 million €. Get the latest news from nova-Institute, subscribe here.

Award Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

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Professor Dr Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Bronze Sponsor


nova-Institut GmbH

Mr. Dominik Vogt
Chemiepark Knapsack
Industriestraße 300
50354 Huerth / Germany
Phone: +49(0)2233-48-1449

Important deadlines

Virtual Conference
24 – 25 March 2020