Friday, 27 May 2016

Sustainable chemistry at Industrial Technologies 2016

Sustainable chemistry will be featuring in two sessions at the European Conference Industrial Technologies 2016 hosted by the Netherlands Presidency of the European Union from 22 to 24 June 2016. The event will take place at the RAI Conference Centre in Amsterdam with the overarching theme: Creating a Smart Europe.

Industrial Technologies 2016 will be the largest networking conference in the field of new production technologies, materials, nanotechnology, biotechnology and digital technologies in Europe this year with more than 1 250 high level delegates expected. And with more than 100 influential speakers giving presentations, lectures and workshops, delegates will learn how to push the boundaries of new technologies to make businesses smarter and more successful.

SusChem sessions
Two sessions on the afternoon of 22 June under the 'Fostering smart and sustainable growth' strand will be of particular interest to SusChem stakeholders. The first session is ‘Innovation Inside: Circular Economy in the Chemical Industry’ and runs from 13:30 to 15:00.

Sustainable chemical innovation is key in the transition into a Circular Economy and is a key topic of debate at the 2016 SusChem Stakeholder event. The chemical industry and its partners in academia, research and technology organisations are involved in, and have completed a number of SusChem-inspired European funded projects with the objective to advance into a circular economy by accelerating the development of low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) ideas into industrial pilot and semi-commercial level.

The session will be moderated by Marco Mensink, Director General European Chemical Industry Council and will include a contributions by SusChem board Chairman and SPIRE president Klaus Sommer of Bayer Technology Services, Stefan Krämer of INEOS Köln, Gloria Gaupmann from Clariant, Christoph Gürtler of Covestro, Peter Aerts from Dow Water and Process Solutions, and Thierry Collard from Solvay Chemicals.

How to produce more using fewer resources?  How to save materials through new manufacturing approaches and how to minimise energy consumption during manufacturing. This requires new design approaches coupled with new, material saving production processes with improved material efficiency and enabling the (flexible) use of substitute materials.

The panel will discuss examples of recently completed projects and specifically discuss the learning and successes in terms of the transition to a circular economy by innovation, adoption and implementation of new technologies. The panel will also address energy, water and resource efficiencies achieved by a combination of innovation and effective use of data and digitalisation. As the final point the panel plans to address the importance of adopting integration of management systems and industrial symbiosis to achieve the next level of breakthrough.

Biotech
Immediately after the coffee break the sustainable chemistry theme will continue on 22 June with the session entitled ‘Industrial biotechnology for sustainable and efficient manufacturing’ from 15:30 to 16:30.

Major challenges in the biobased industries concern developing and valorising new feedstock resources, including wastes, residues, non-food biomass sources, and multiple feedstock sources, while improving the yield, productivity and robustness of bioconversions processes. In addition the industry must achieve constant high quality in biobased products, feedstock and bioconversion processes, improve efficiencies in scaling-up through predictive scale-up models, and develop integrated bioconversion processes.

The session chair will be SusChem board member: Joanna Dupont from EuropaBio with contributions from Mika Härkönen of VTT, Jelle Ernst Oude Lenferink from Fluor and Ana Palanca of AIMPLAS.

Creating a Smart Europe
The three day conference brings together personalities involved in research, industry, education, finance and policy activities from  manufacturing and process industry and technology domains from all over Europe to identify priorities that are crucial to strengthen the European industrial innovation ecosystem and deliver ‘A Smart Europe’.

The Industrial Technologies 2016 conference offers a full three day programme including plenary sessions, parallel lectures and workshops, matchmaking for collaborative ventures, and visits to Dutch companies that are in the lead of Smart Industry developments plus much, much more.

You can download an overview with all the activities at Industrial Technologies 2016 here.

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  1. How to produce more using fewer resources? How to save materials through new manufacturing approaches and how to minimise energy consumption during manufacturing. This requires new design approaches coupled with new, material saving production processes with improved material efficiency and enabling the (flexible) use of substitute materials.

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