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Monday, 29 February 2016

Biobased Consortia Building in Manchester on 3 March

The UK's KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) is organising a major event on Thursday 3 March to promote the 2016 calls from the Biobased Industries Consortium/ BioBased Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). This free to attend event will give details about the new call for proposals from the BBI JU that opens in April.

The event is aimed at companies and research organisations that are interested in European Funding for Biobased Industries and who wish to work with European counterparts in collaborative research and innovation projects.  During the morning the event will highlight information about the 2016 call for proposals from the Biobased Industries Consortium including views from industry and an overview of the purpose and objectives of the BBI JU. In the afternoon a highly participative session will support consortia building and proposal development.

To find out more information and to register please click here.

Biobased focus
The event will focus in particular on consortia building for the following call topics:
  • BBI 2016.R4 - Flexible biorefining technologies able to handle different feedstock, leading to new value chains or enlarging existing ones by using the same processing plant 
  • BBI 2016.R5 - Advanced biomaterials for smart food packaging
  • BBI 2016.R8 - Emerging technologies for conversion of the organic content of Municipal Solid Waste and improving waste-to-chemicals value chains 
  • BBI 2016.R9 - Exploiting algae and other aquatic biomass for production of molecules for pharma, nutraceutic, food additives and cosmetic applications 
  • BBI 2016.R10 – Industrial biotransformation for the production of bio-based chemicals
Many of the calls topics under the BBI JU require environmental and socio-economic assessments, such as LCA, therefore organisations with recognised strengths in this area are especially welcome to participate in this event.

The event will take place at the Chancellors Hotel (part of the University of Manchester) on the Fallowfields campus in south Manchester, UK.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Innovation Fusion goes to Barcelona

Cefic and SusChem are contributing as promotional partners for the 12th Annual Innovation Fusion event which is taking place on 19 and 20 April 2016 in Barcelona. ENG’s 12th Annual Innovation Fusion Summit brings together industry experts in research, development and innovation from both the specialty chemical and the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors. 

The 2016 edition of Innovation Fusion is designed to allow participants to benefit from the shared knowledge that networking and interactive sessions from a multi-industry perspective can bring.

This year’s event will provide delegates with the tools to handle current and future industry challenges and the inspiration to help connect with market demands. Participants will engage with real business stories, best practices and forums that will address issues including:
  • Building and cultivating internal innovation culture 
  • Developing strong communication with key stakeholders for alignment throughout the value chain 
  • Setting and measuring KPI’s throughout the product portfolio 
  • Creating value through incremental and disruptive innovation 
The Innovation Fusion event in Barcelona will allow participants to benchmark their experiences against like-minded peers from complimenting industries. The ENG’s 12th Annual Innovation Fusion: New Product Development (NPD) and Technology Excellence for Chemicals and FMCG Sectors Summit is organised in cooperation with BASF, DSM, Syngenta, Solvay, Barilla, Evonik, Dow and Mars Corporation amongst others.

More information
You can find the full Innovation Fusion 2016 programme here. For more information or to register please contact Joanna Serweta.

Cefic members and SusChem stakeholders can get 20% off the registration fee for the event by using the CEFIC20 promotional code!

To follow the event via twitter follow the ENG Events official twitter account @engfbevents or search for the event hashtag: #enginnovation

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Call for Raw Materials Commitments open until 1 March

The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials has an open Call for Commitments, but the deadline is approaching fast. This is the second call for Raw Materials Commitments launched by the EIP and the approaching deadline for submitting commitments is 1 March 2016. 

The EIP on Raw Materials was launched in 2012 and from the very beginning SusChem has been closely engaged in its work as sustainable chemistry has a clear role to play in ensuring the success of Europe’s Raw Materials strategy and enabling a fully functioning circular economy.

Preparing a Raw Materials Commitment can have multiple positive effects, starting with direct contribution and participation in the EIP, promoting your ideas in the area of raw materials, attracting useful suggestions or additional partners, and having the possibility to influence policy amongst others.

A Commitment is an undertaking by the partners to jointly commit to cooperate and take actions that will contribute to achieving the EIP's objectives. The first Call for Commitments in 2013 led to the recognition of 80 Raw Materials Commitments (RMCs).

RMC benefits
Getting recognition as a RMC provides the following benefits:
  • It raises awareness of the commitment, not only within the EIP community but also more broadly
  • It gives a quality assurance to the commitment at the European level
  • It guarantees accordance with the EIP (as specified in the Strategic Implementation Plan or SIP) and with the EU raw materials policy framework on which the EIP is based
  • It can facilitate access to finance from various sources (however the EIP is not itself a funding instrument)
  • It creates opportunities to join forces with related commitments
  • It gives access to the work of the EIP's Operational Groups
  • It gives visibility and access to contacts outside the EU through opportunities to participate in EU raw materials diplomacy activities
How to apply
The EIP is seeking a wide participation from across the European Union and along the entire raw materials value chain from partners who will carry out actions contributing to the objectives of the EIP. To achieve this the European Commission will regularly launch "Calls for Commitments" to mobilise authorities, industry, academia and other relevant stakeholders.

In order to obtain recognition as an RMC under the EIP, a commitment should meet all the conditions set out in Call for Commitment's Guidelines and proposals must be submitted by using the online submission form.

All submitted proposals will then be evaluated by the EIP's High-Level Steering Group.
All the information on the 2015 Call for Commitments can be found here. For more information contact the EIP secretariat.

Monday, 22 February 2016

BBI and SPIRE work to increase coordination

The Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) ‘Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency’ (SPIRE) and ‘Bio-based-Industries Joint Undertaking’ (BBI) are both striving to improve the sustainability of European manufacturing industry in terms of global competitiveness, ecology, jobs and growth. On Monday 15 February participants at a joint workshop for the two PPPs explored ways in which the two entities could coordinate aspects of their work programmes and add value to European research and innovation outcomes in areas of common interest. The workshop was hosted by the European Commission at it Covent Garden offices in Place Rogier, Brussels, was organised under the SusChem banner and initiated and sponsored by Evonik Industries.

The two PPPs approach their common goals from complementary angles. SPIRE comprises projects that improve all aspects of resource and/or energy efficiency across a variety of manufacturing sectors, while BBI supports the establishment of a new bio-industrial structure in Europe, from the generation of biomass in the field or forest to its value-generating industrial conversion to biobased products.

When the two PPPs were being established in 2012 a joint narrative was developed which looked to establish coordination mechanisms between the two PPPs and to ensure that their respective activities were linked and harmonised whenever technically and economically reasonable. The workshop looked at how the ambitions of the joint narrative could be implemented in practice.

SusChem editor Tim Reynolds moderated the workshop that was entitled ‘Exploring the Synergies of SPIRE & BBI-JU’ and brought together stakeholders from both PPPs. The day was split into two sessions. In the morning the full group listened to perspectives from the European Commission, industry and the PPPs themselves. And in the afternoon two group discussions worked on possible actions and organisational issues.

Waldemar Kütt, Head of Unit for BioBased products and processing at the European Commission reminded the audience that both PPPs were industry led and driven and that both must provide important inputs to the development and implementation of the bioeconomy and circular economy.

Søren Bowadt, the Commission’s Programme Officer for SPIRE said that the Commission’s role was to support the PPPs’ decisions. He thought that the workshop was very timely and outlined a number of areas – such as waste water, industrial symbiosis, and the circular economy – where complimentary activities would be useful to both parties.

From industry Peter Nagler, Head of International Innovation at Evonik Industries AG and member of the SusChem Board, said that from the start SusChem had believed that the bioeconomy and biotechnology must play an important part in a future sustainable chemical industry. Both PPPs had launched a number of calls: it was now time to look at where complementarities could be leveraged and to identify any gaps that needed to be addressed in the short to medium term.

Christophe Rupp-Dahlem, Head of Global Public Affairs at Roquette, President of the Plant-based Chemistry Association and Vice-chair of the board of the Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC) representing the industrial partners behind BBI underlined the importance of cooperation and communication between the two PPPs and remarked that the BBI programme in 2016 will include a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) call for a Roadmap for relevant research and innovation activities for the Chemical Industry.

For SPIRE Executive Director of SPIRE’s industrial association, Loredana Ghinea, reminded the workshop that SPIRE worked with seven other large industry sectors as well as the chemical industry. She outlined a number of past calls that were of clear relevance to the bioeconomy and also announced that SPIRE was undertaking a gap analysis of past calls as part of the formulation process for future calls.  

Dirk Carrez, Executive Director of BIC reminded participants that BBI calls were open to all. He believed that the discussion should not be about competing technologies but about synergies between the two PPP programmes.

Fruitful discussion
Possible opportunities for early synergy was outlined by Nelo Emerencia of BIC who described upcoming 2016 BBI calls of potential interest to SPIRE participants, while Søren Bowadt similarly highlighted relevant SPIRE calls  for BBI stakeholders.

The two small discussion groups worked through the possibilities for the scope of a joint working group that could guide cooperation between the PPPs and also generated ideas and areas of common interest for future joint work through a brain storming session.

Key outcomes of the workshop discussion included:
  • A small joint working group (JWG) should be established quickly to prepare a platform for coordination. Members of the JWG would be drawn from BBI, SPIRE and SusChem. The platform would work under the auspices of SusChem and its role would be to connect content and programme coordinators to help development of programmes / calls that are complementary. It could also help in organising further brainstorming sessions and motivate stakeholders to participate.
  • Both PPPs have undertaken or are in the process of undertaking gap analyses of their current calls. Comparison of these analyses would be very useful in identifying areas of common interest and priorities for future content that could be taken up through the two PPPs' calls (attention should be paid to connecting TRLs and timings of deliverables).
  • It was important that existing communication channels worked effectively to ensure that information on the calls in from both PPPs were effectively disseminated to all the stakeholders in both PPPs – perhaps with topics of specific interest highlighted. 
  • In the short term, both PPPs will try to motivate their respective stakeholders to look for complementarity during project consortium formation.
The workshop concluded that enhanced cooperation between SPIRE and BBI should yield valuable synergies and that swift implementation of the JWG was important. Further discussions on areas of common interest would be undertaken at upcoming PPP events and a joint session could also be useful at the next SusChem stakeholder event on 16 June in 2016.

The discussion continued at a networking cocktail in the Sheraton Rogier Hotel.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Sustainable Circular Economy: New opportunities for raw materials, chemicals and water?

On 15 March Cefic, ERRIN and the East & North Finland region are jointly organising a workshop on ‘The Sustainable Circular Economy – new opportunities for raw materials, chemicals and water?’ in Brussels.

Raw materials, chemicals and water are often regarded as traditional and mature industrial sectors but increased interest in the circular economy linked to Europe’s recently published Circular Economy Strategy has opened up new thinking and new business models based on novel innovative approaches.

What new opportunities are available for these industries and how can regions support innovation and new sectors of competitive industries?

How can regions enhance collaboration within and between the sectors?

How will smart specialisation strategies encourage collaboration between regions?

This workshop will seek to answer some of these questions and explore new opportunities in chemicals, water and raw materials with a focus on regional engagement and interregional collaboration.

More information
The all-day workshop will feature dedicated sessions on EU Policy, Chemicals and Resource Efficiency, Water, and Raw Materials.

The workshop will take place at the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands - Brussels Office on Avenue d'Auderghem in Brussels. More information and a programme for the day can be found here. You can register for the workshop here.

Alternative Energy use highlighted in Horizon 2020 Projects

The results from three Horizon 2020 projects on the use of alternative energy sources for industrial processes will be highlighted at a workshop in Brussels on 2 March 2016. The three projects address process intensification technologies utilising alternative forms of energy, such as microwave, laser or ultrasound, and are very relevant to resource and energy efficiency challenges in chemical processing.

This final industrial workshop is being organised by the InnoREX project and will see also the participation of projects MAPSYN and ALTEREGO.

InnoREX looked at the continuous reactive extrusion of lactide to polyactide (PLA) and online process monitoring of reactive extrusion processes. The project contributes to the fast growing demand for biobased polymers. Current catalysts needed to improve the polymerisation rate of lactones contain metals that pose a hazard to health and the environment.

InnoREX has developed a novel reactor concept using alternative energies for the continuous, highly precise, metal-free polymerisation of PLA in a continuous extrusion line. It has further replaced the metal-containing catalysts by newly developed organic catalysts, and investigated their activity enhancement by use of alternative energy sources laser, ultrasound and microwave. A pilot line including the energy sources and ensuring the polymerization and purification of the polymer from the residual monomer has been built. In addition simulation tools have been developed enabling fast upscaling of the process to industrial scale.

MAPSYN examined chemical reactions like selective hydrogenations and nitrogen fixation, upscaling of microreactors and flow reactors. The project aims to manufacture and scale microreactors and continuous flow reactors in which reactions are carried out assisted by ultrasound, microwaves or plasma energy. MAPSYN focusses on reducing costs and energy consumption of the production, preserving and enhancing high quality, reproducibility and sustainability.

Two different reactions were investigated:

  • A novel hydrogenation process incorporating microwave heated microreactors and innovative catalysts has been evaluated
  • Use of plasma reactors for nitrogen fixation processes including simulations of this process have been carried out

These reaction systems are important to the pharmaceutical and fertiliser industries. By the end of the project, MAPSYN will build two demonstrators: a plasma reactor for nitrogen fixation and a continuous flow microwave hydrogenation system.

ALTEREGO investigated pharmaceutical, green fuels and bulk chemicals synthesis and development of a generic methodology for upscaling these processes. The project aims for implementation of alternative energy technologies for intensified chemical manufacturing. A new hierarchical methodology to enable highly efficient chemical syntheses with alternative energy forms through reliable process data collection with advanced analytical tools, robust multiscale modelling and design and development of scalable equipment has been established.

The methodology is generic and was demonstrated for three alternative energy technologies: ultrasound, microwave, and non-thermal plasma. These were applied to different industrially relevant case studies in the application areas of advanced pharmaceutical synthesis and green fuels and bulk chemicals synthesis during the project.

More information
The workshop will take place at the Fraunhofer EU office in Brussels. Places at the workshop are limited, but if you are interested in attending, please contact the event organiser Anke Hartmann.

Monday, 15 February 2016

RSC Emerging Technolgies Competition 2016

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) annual innovation initiative that aims to turn promising ideas from the chemical sciences into commercial reality. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 competition brings cutting edge science to the real world for the benefit of society. The competition is currently open and applications can be made through the on-line application system. The entry deadline for applications is 14 March 2016.

The RSC Emerging Technologies Competition in 2016 aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative technologies in the following areas:
  • Health & well-being
  • Energy & environment
  • Food & water
  • Materials
The competition is free to enter and open to small companies, universities, and research institutions. Entered ideas can be at any stage of development and from anywhere in Europe.

Short-listed entrants will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of expert judges at the competition final, which takes place at the RSC’s Chemistry Means Business 2016. This high-profile two-day event brings together professionals from across the chemistry-using community and will take place on 15 and 16 June.

The Competition prizes are designed to help take the ideas to the next level. There are three for each category, and benefits for short-listed entrants, too.

All 40 short-listed entrants will receive business training and a free exhibition stand at Chemistry Means Business 2016. This is a chance to showcase your technology to more than 300 delegates – including potential investors – and get insights from opinion leaders in industry.

The first-, second- and third-place winners in each competition category will receive tailored business support from one of the competition’s partner companies including access to networks, strategy review, potential commercial partnerships, idea evaluation with consumers and more. The winners also receive exposure for the winning technologies including support with media coverage, including a feature in the RSC’s Chemistry World magazine. And there are also cash prizes of up to £20,000 (First prize £20,000, second prize £3,000 and third prize £2,000).

The video below includes highlights of the 2015 Emerging Technologies competition including interviews with some of the winners and partner organisations.

Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Berlin

The inaugural Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference will take place in Berlin on 3 to 6 April. SusChem board member Prof Klaus Kümmerer, Director of the Institute for Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry at Leuphana University Lüneburg (pictured below) is the chair of the conference organising committee and will be giving an opening address and one of the keynote lectures on green and sustainable products. Fellow SusChem board member Dr Pierre Barthelemy, Executive Director of R&I at Cefic, will also contribute to the session on Context.

The conference will open with a high-level session as part of a comprehensive and wide-ranging programme that features keynote and invited speakers supplemented by more than 75 other presentations and an extensive poster session. Paul Anastas, Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University and often referred to as the ‘Father of Green Chemistry’ will give the opening keynote lecture.

As the world’s population edges towards nine billion, the strain on the planet’s resources is steadily increasing. In both the developed and developing world there is a growing demand for food, manufactured goods and improved access to clean water and fuel. Over the past 30 years it has become obvious that the products of human manufacture, even those produced to benefit society, can have negative effects on human health and the environment.

The field of Green and Sustainable Chemistry developed to help monitor, understand and limit the impact that chemicals have on our environment. Sustainable chemistry is all about developing new methods to reduce waste, boost energy efficiency and improve use of resources. In this way chemistry can both contribute to more sustainable industrial growth and to a greener economy and environment.

The Green and Sustainable Chemistry conference has a broad scope, addressing many diverse fields of Green and Sustainable Chemistry. The goal of the meeting is to bring together international researchers, from academia and industry, to communicate and share the latest developments across the broad and diverse fields that comprise Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

The conference session topics include:

  • Mineral resources and recycling
  • Non-fossil sources for old and new organic molecules
  • Synthesis and solvents
  • Catalysis and engineering
  • Green and sustainable products
  • Renewable energies
  • Overarching approaches and new business models 
  • Greenness and sustainability
  • Ethics, legislation and economics 
  • The Context
The conference will start on Sunday 3 April at 17:00 with a Welcome Reception and the full conference will commence on Monday at 9:00. You can download the full conference programme here and you can register for the conference here.

Chemistry challenge

Another unique feature of the conference will be the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. Entries for this competition consisted of projects that could be from any field of Green or Sustainable Chemistry but had to be applicable for use in developing countries.

At the conference the top five candidates will be invited to make presentations to a panel of judges. The winners will be selected from these five finalists and an award ceremony will held at the end of the conference. The winning project will receive €50 000; with a second prize of €25 000.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Integrated Industrial Water Management: Solutions for Practice

The SusChem-inspired FP7 project ‘Economically and Ecologically Efficient Water Management in the European Chemical Industry’ (E4Water) is holding its final conference on ‘Integrated Industrial Water Management: Solutions for Practice’ on 19 and 20 April 2016 at the offices of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU in Brussels.

Water is a key pan-European concern for industry. Despite the vast amount of water on the planet scarce fresh water resources and water stress of aquatic ecosystems are current critical issues in Europe and the world and are the result of a myriad of interacting environmental, political, economic, and social forces. Europe is confronted with urgent challenges related to water: adapting to climate change, including mitigation of floods and droughts risks, achieving good quality of surface water, ensuring adequate availability of water to deliver multiple benefits to nature and to the economy.

The chemical industry is both a major water user and a key solution provider to the sector. It offers significant potential for increasing eco-efficiency in industrial water management in its own sector and also in other industrial sectors.

The conference “Integrated Industrial Water Management: Solutions for Practice” presents new integrated approaches, methodologies and process technologies for a more efficient and sustainable management of water in the chemical industry with cross-fertilization potential to other industrial sectors. The conference programme can be downloaded here.

The event will focus on the results obtained during the E4Water project in terms of best practise for water management and how this can provide challenges and opportunities for the chemical sector from the six case studies that form the core of the E4Water effort. Presentations will include:

  • Innovative materials, process technologies, tools and methodologies for an integrated water management.
  • Open innovation approaches for testing innovative developments with respect to other industries.
  • Industrial case studies, representing critical challenges for the chemical industry and other process industries.
  • Implementation of improved tools for process efficiency optimisation, linking water processes with production processes- and eco-efficiency assessment.

The above examples were all developed and demonstrated in the E4Water project. In addition to multiple exciting presentations related to E4Water developments, keynote presentations will give insights on industry needs and water related strategies and on European Commission activities and strategies. A get together and poster party will give participants the opportunity to discuss E4Water results and to present their own work related to integrated industrial water management. You can download the Call for Posters template document here.

Registration for the conference is open now and is free of charge.

What is E4Water?
With the chemical industry providing the highest potential to demonstrate increased eco-efficiency in industrial water management, the FP7 project ‘Economically and Ecologically Efficient Water Management in the European Chemical Industry’ (E4Water) addresses a range of crucial process needs to overcome bottlenecks and barriers to a fully integrated and energy efficient water management system.

The project’s main objective is to develop and test integrated approaches, methodologies and process technologies. There are six industrial case study sites at the core of E4Water that are expected to achieve a reduction of 20-40% in water use, 30-70% in waste water production, 15-40% in energy use and up to 60% in direct economic benefits. In addition to the chemical industry, the project is actively seeking opportunities for cross-fertilisation with other industrial sectors.

The project consortium brings together large chemical companies, leading European water sector companies and innovative research and technology development centres and universities. The partners are also involved in the Water supply and sanitation Platform (WssTP) and SusChem, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, and actively collaborate with water authorities in different European countries.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

#useCO2 News

Carbon dioxide Capture utilisation (CCU) and carbon storage are certainly hot topics in sustainable chemistry and rarely out of the energy news. Now the European Commission’s Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS) has devoted a whole issue of its online magazine to the topic including contributions from SusChem and SPIRE.

The January 2016 issue of the SETIS Magazine includes some 20 articles highlighting the many projects and activities on carbon capture utilisation and storage in Europe. Amongst the various contributions from industry and academic experts are two from SusChem and the SPIRE PPP:
SusChem closely follows progress in CO2 utilisation and regularly tweets on developments using the #useCO2 hashtag.

European #useCO2 Events
A couple of important #useCO2 conferences are taking place in Europe during 2016.

Carbon Dioxide Catalysis - Zing Conference on 19 22 April 2016 in the Algarve, Portugal
This conference will showcase the latest advances in the catalytic conversion of CO2. The primary aim of the conference is to gather representatives from the academic and industrial communities to exchange information and ideas, and to find mutual ground for developing new and improved catalytic methods.

International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU XIV) on 11-15 September 2016 in Sheffield UK
The ICCDU is the premier scientific conference on CO2 utilisation research and  provides a multi-disciplinary forum on recent innovations in fundamental and applied aspects of carbon dioxide utilization. There are three broad themes and abstracts are welcome in the following areas by 29 February:
  • CO2 insertion any processes in-which CO2 is inserted i.e. polymerisation, mineralisation.
  • CO2 splitting any process in which CO2 is split, i.e. electrochemistry, plasma, photochemistry.
  • Enabling technologies i.e. carbon capture, LCA, CO2 utilisation in the circular economy, hydrogen production for CO2 utilisation, energy integration, whole systems approaches.
SCOT project
The Smart CO2 Transformation (SCOT) project has launched its Vision for Smart CO2 Transformation in Europe, a long-term Vision for CO2 utilisation that puts forward why Europe should make CCU a priority and accelerate the development of #useCO2 technologies.

The report suggests three core reasons why Europe should accelerate the market development
of its CO2 utilisation sector:
  • CO2 utilisation can be one of the major growth areas in Europe’s future low-carbon circular economy
  • CO2  utilisation can help to facilitate Europe’s energy transition
  • CO2 utilisation can contribute to achieving Europe’s aims for decreasing carbon emissions
The project also has two further events:

How to deal with oil price ups and downs: SCOT & CO2Chem Workshop on 23 March 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany
The significant work on CCU in recent years is being jeopardised by the current depressed fossil fuel price. For successful market implementation, it is crucial for CCU technologies to compete economically, thus the low oil prices are a major barrier for the development of CCU technologies. The goal of the workshop is to describe the current situation and to discuss how CCU can develop constantly and safely within these uncertain framework conditions.

CO2 Utilisation as a Strong Catalyst for the European Industrial Renaissance on 29 June 2016 in Brussels
The final conference of the SCOT FP7 project will present the Research and Development and the regulatory needs that SCOT has identified as levers for the development of CO2 Utilisation. The day will be split in two parts; in the morning, the CO2 recycling community will gather key industrial and academic players in order to discuss the Strategic European Research and Innovation Agenda (SERIA) and the next steps necessary to implement the Joint Action Plan.  In the afternoon, discussion will move to European and regional policy makers and what can be done from a policy perspective to allow the industrial deployment of these technologies.

About CO2Chem
The information provided in this blog is supplied by the CO2Chem network that brings together academics, industrialists and policy makers over a wide range of disciplines to consider the utilisation of carbon dioxide as a single carbon chemical feedstock for the production of value added products. Network activities are geared towards the founding of strong cross-disciplinary research clusters that will lead research in this increasingly important area.
A calendar of forthcoming events covering carbon dioxide utilisation (#useCO2) topics can be found on the CO2Chem Website.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Save the date: Industrial Technologies - Creating a Smart Europe June 22-24

The Netherlands Presidency of the European Union will be hosting the European Conference Industrial Technologies 2016 to be held from 22 to 24 June 2016 at the RAI Conference Centre in Amsterdam.

Industrial Technologies 2016 will be the largest networking conference in the field of new production technologies, materials, nanotechnology, biotechnology and digital technologies in Europe with more than 1 250 high level delegates expected.

The conference's advisory board includes a number of SusChem stakeholders - not least SusChem's Chairman of the Board Dr Klaus Sommer.

"Innovation is the basis of Europe’s competitiveness. In particular piloting and demonstration facilities are important to bridge the gap between research and competitive business," says Dr Sommer. "New technologies play a key role in this effort, signified by e.g. the focus on Key Enabling Technologies."

"Europe would benefit from a stronger sense of community between innovation and technology players. The conference is a great opportunity to network but also to emphasize the importance together with the European Commission," concludes Dr. Sommer.

Creating a Smart Europe
The three day conference will bring 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’.

Reasons to attend include:
  • Inspiring keynotes and eye-opening site visits
  • Interaction to identify priorities for the policy agenda
  • Networking with European players in research, industry, finance and policy
Registration is now open and 'early bird' fees will apply until 15 April.

A provisional schedule for the conference is available. To keep up to date with developments for the conference visit the conference website and subscribe to the conference newsletter. You can also follow the conference on Twitter via @IndTech16.