From waste to resource: Highly efficient and cost-effective CO2 utilization will spark a revolution – what can we expect from policy?

nova-Institute is proud to host the “5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers“ in Cologne, Germany, on 6-7 December 2016. More than 250 participants from 30 countries and 20 exhibitors are expected.

Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) is a new technology to produce sustainable fuels and chemicals from CO2 and renewable energies. Although first commercial plants have recently started to operate, most of the activities are still on pilot and demonstration level. Support from policy is strongly needed to speed up the implementation. This also requires visions about which role this new technology can play in the renewable energy system, for sustainable chemistry and for climate protection.

The first session will be: Policy and Visions

The conference will start with opening words from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF) (DE) and is followed by a short overview on the future of mobility by the EnergieAgentur.NRW (DE). The comprehensive session on “Policy and Visions” represents a variety of top-class speakers and presentations. Visionaries, representatives from political bodies and the industry as well as world-renowned experts on CCU will be on hand at the event to present and discuss the latest European, national and regional policies, strategies and visions.
The first two talks deal with initiatives for speeding up worldwide CO2 utilization: Dr. Issam Dairanieh, CEO of CO2 Sciences, Inc. (USA) will present a big idea: The Global CO2 Initiative which is taking on the grand challenge of the planet by developing innovative approaches to transform CO2 into commercial products while at the same time contributing to sustainability and climate protection.
Climate-KIC (EU) and Covestro (DE) will introduce the flagship programme EnCO2re, an innovation and market development programme for CO2 re-use with a focus on polymers and chemical intermediates. Climate-KIC is Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation that will contribute to mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.
The European Commission – represented by DG Growth and DG Research & Innovation – give a talk on the role of Carbon Capture and Utilization in the European framework and recent research activities.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will report on new developments in German CCU research and innovation.
Prof. Dr. Peter Styring from the University of Sheffield (UK) is one of the world’s experts in CCU with excellent expertise in CCU policy. He will give an introduction and overview of the vision to use CO2 as a resource and a valuable building block for the chemical industry.  
The University of Sheffield / SCOT (UK) will present major milestones of the SCOT project, including policy recommendations on how to include CO2-based aviation fuels in the Emission Trading System (ETS).
Michael Carus, Managing Director of nova-Institut GmbH (DE) and Christian Schweitzer, CEO of bse engineering (DE) will present CCU in the framework of the coming reform of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). They will present the recently published “Petition on Integration of renewable CCU in the RED” and the feedback from policy makers to the proposals.

The session will end with a panel discussion. Speakers and participants are invited to join and discuss visions, political frameworks and latest activities to overcome hurdles in the field of CCU.


Policy & Visions

Chairwoman: Kathryn Sheridan, Sustainability Consult (BE)

Dr. Issam Dairanieh
CO2 Sciences, Inc. (USA)

Global CO2 Initiative

Ted Grozier
Climate KIC (EU)

Dr. Niklas Meine
Covestro (DE)
EnCO2re - a Flagship Initiative for CO2 Utilization

Soren Bowadt
European Commission (EU)

An Update on Commission Activities towards CCU

Dr. Reinhard Büscher
DG Grow / EU Commission (EU)

Dr. Helmut Löwe
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (DE)

From Waste to Resource - New Developments in German CCU Research and Innovation

  Andrew Hagan
World Council on Industrial Biotechnology (CH)

Prof. Dr. Peter Styring
University of Sheffield (UK)

CO2 - a Valuable Building Block for the Chemical Industry

Dr. Grant Wilson
University of Sheffield / SCOT (UK)

A Vision for Smart CO2 Transformation in Europe

Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Christian Schweitzer
bse engineering (DE)

Policy Framework for Speeding up Power-to-Fuel


The full programme and detailed information can be found at

Our participants

Our international conference provides the ideal opportunity to present and discuss latest developments and strategies between the major players from the fields of sustainable fuels, chemicals and polymers based on CO2.
The participants include interested experts from industry, associations, policy and civil society who wish to get a full picture of how this new and exciting scenario is unfolding. The conference is the opportunity to meet the right partners for future alliances.
The latest participants list is online!

Free booths for the first ten exhibitors

Take the extraordinary opportunity to present your company and your innovative products at the conference with an exhibition booth! Only a two-days’ conference entrance ticket is needed to get one of the ten free booths – four are still available. More information here.
Contact: Dominik Vogt,

Call for posters

Would you like to contribute to the conference with a poster on your results on recent developments within the fields of Artificial Photosynthesis & H2 Generation, CO2 Preparation, CO2-based Fuels, Chemicals & Polymers? We appreciate your proposal; just send an abstract and a suggested title. Start-ups are welcome.
Contact: Achim Raschka,

Don't miss the world's most comprehensive event on CO2 as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers in 2016 – register now!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Cologne!

With best regards,

Your nova conference team