Meet leading international experts at one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world

5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers, 6 - 7 December 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

Already 110 participants registered - 6 - 7 December 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

Exciting news on the latest developments and breakthroughs in the field of Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) reach us every day and emphasize the dynamic of research and the great potential of CO2 utilization. Although first commercial plants have recently started to operate, most of the activities are still on pilot and demonstration level. It is obvious that CCU technologies will play a crucial role in the future renewable energy system and for climate protection!
Let’s take a look at the final programme of the 5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers:

Leading players of the CO2-Economy will showcase some enhanced and also new applications using CO2 as feedstock and representatives from political bodies and research institutes will present and discuss the latest national and regional policies, strategies and visions. More than 250 participants are expected.

Meet our 35 speakers and be inspired by presentations of top international leading companies, institutes, universities as well as political bodies:

1st day (6 December 2016) - Political Framework & Visions


Registration and Welcome Coffee

Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Conference Opening

Dr.-Ing. Walther Pelzer
Ministry of Innovation,
Science and Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF)

Opening Words

Dr. Frank Köster
EnergieAgentur.NRW (DE)

Bioeconomy and the Future of Mobility – Findings from a Regional Perspective


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

Dr. Reinhard Büscher

DG Growth / EU Commission (EU)

CO2 Reuse in and for the Circular Economy - the Industrial Dimension

Soren Bowadt

DG Research & Innavation / European Commission (EU)

An Update on Commission Activities towards CCU

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

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

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

CO2 - a Valuable Building Block for the Chemical Industry

Jan Theulen
HeidelbergCement (BE)

HeidelbergCement Driving Carbon Capture and Storage/Utilization

Damian Dallemagne
SCOT / Greenwin (BE)


Creation of a European Association dedicated to CO2 Utilisation


Marcel Keiffenheim
Greenpeace Energy eG (DE)

Michael Carus

nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Full integration of CCU Fuels in  the next Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

Christian Schweitzer
bse engineering (DE)

CO2-Recycling at Waste Incineration Plants and GHG-Reduction Quota for Fuels


Artificial Photosynthesis & H2 Generation

Prof. Stenbjörn Styring
Uppsala University (SE)
Prof. Leif Hammarström

Uppsala University (SE)

CO2 Reduction to Solar Fuels by Artificial Photosynthesis

Dr. Martin Demler
Evonik Industries (DE)

Artificial Photosynthesis Development at Evonik

  Panel Discussion

Dinner Buffet

2nd day (7 December 2016) - Chemicals & Energy from CO2


CO2-based Chemicals & Polymers

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Haralabos Zorbas, Industrielle Biotechnologie Bayern Netzwerk GmbH (IBB) (DE)

Dr. Christin Liptow
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Aleksandar Lozanovski
Fraunhofer IBP (DE)

Leonard Müller
RWTH Aachen (DE)

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Carbon Dioxide Utilization Processes

Dr. Lisa Dyson
Kiverdi, Inc. (US)

Converting Carbon Dioxide into Oleochemicals - Abstract here

Dr. Deepak Pant
VITO - Flemish Institute for Technological Research (BE)

Dr. Linsey Garcia-Gonzalez 
VITO - Flemish Institute for Technological Research (BE)

Technological Advances in CO2 Bioconversion (Electro-)Biorefinery

Valorization of CO2-rich Off-Gases to Monomers and Biopolymers Through Biotechnological Process - Abstract here

Dr. Christoph Gürtler
Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience AG) (DE)

New Activities of Covestro in CO2 Utilization - Abstract here

Bruce Dannenberg
Phytonix (US)

Utilizing Synthetic Biology to Address Global Challenges: Climate Change and Sustainable Chemistry - Abstract here

Ross Gordon
Photanol (NL)

Producing high purity Lactic Acid from CO2, powered by the Sun


CO2-based Fuels

Chairman: Lars Schulze-Beusingsen, EnergieAgentur.NRW (DE)

Eelco Dekker
Methanol Institute (NL)

Renewable Methanol as a Key Molecule for CCU Fuels

Dr. Moritz Wendt
InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG (DE)

Dr. Elias Frei
Fritz-Haber Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (DE)

Dynamic Methanol Synthesis by CO2 Utilization under Various Site Conditions - Abstract here

Jaap Vente
Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) (NL)

Thermodynamic limitations and how to overcome them in Carbon Utilization - Pilot Activities on the Production of Methanol based on Residual Gases in the Steel Industry - Abstract here

Torsten Buddenberg
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH (DE)

Power to Fuel as a Sustainable Business Model for Cross-sectorial Energy Storage in Industry and Power Plants - Abstract here


Chairman: Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021 (DE)

Dr. Sean Simpson
LanzaTech (NZ, US)

Innovations for a Carbon Smart Future
Abstract here


Bernhard Guentner
Syngip (NL)

The Zero Emission Steel Plant of the Future - Abstract here

Christian von Olshausen
sunfire GmbH (DE)

Power-to-Liquids: sunfire’s Activities in Synthetic Hydrocarbons from CO2, H2O and Electricity

Dr. Doris Hafenbradl
Electrochaea GmbH (DE)

Power-To-Gas – from the Laboratory to Industrial Scale

Valentin Batteiger
Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V. (DE)

SUN-to-LIQUID - Integrated Solarthermochemical Synthesis of Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuels


Networking Reception

Our participants

The 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 – five 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 Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers in 2016 – register now!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Cologne!

With best regards,

Your nova conference team