Day1: November 9, 2022
Opening Keynote Presentations - Sustainable Design & Material Selection
9:00 am - 10:45 am (CET)
9:00 am (CET)
Cradle to Cradle Design in Practice - Choosing Materials
Suki Kler Young
Scientific Supervisor - Research & Optimisation
EPEA – Part of Drees & Sommer
This presentation will look at C2C Design Methodology, with the example of a recyclable mattress, and problems encountered when looking for biodegradable solutions. What is a biological cycle compatible solution, from a C2C point of view, and where are the existing tests lacking?
9:25 am (CET)
Preserving Value in Industrial Materials Through Circular Waste Management and Green Sourcing
CEO & Founder
Project coordinator CO2-Neutral Production
9:50 am (CET)
Added Value Through Circular Design: How to Make your Business More Circular and Resource Efficient
Consultant for Resource Efficiency
Project Co-Ordinator for Circular Economy
Circular design as an enabler for resource efficiency is a bold chance for products and business models to become more competitive for the future. As around 80% of the ecological impact of a product is designed by its design this is a huge lever when striving for climate neutrality and circular economy. We introduce you to principals of Circular Design and give a glimpse into a methodology that helps to create or improve a circular business model. As Effizienz-Agentur NRW we've helped businesses with resource efficiency and circular design in North Rhine-Westphalia for over 23 years and will share some of our insights with you.
Coffee Break -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
10:45 am (CET)
Carbonization as the Leading Carbon Dioxide Removal Technology
Head of Technical Sales
Presenting a Carbon Dioxide Technology that enables industrial, agricultural and sewage treatment companies to convert their carbon-containing waste into premium biochar and, at the same time, to produce regenerative energy. Residual materials are turned into high-quality, climate-protecting biochar that can be used as a soil improver and at the same time as a natural carbon sink; this drives a sustainable / circular economy, supported by carbon credit opportunities.
By the end of 2022, PYREG systems in operation worldwide will remove over 30,000 tons of CO2 from the Earth, per year. Learn about why not all biochar is created equally and how biochar properties influence its applications.
11:10 am (CET)
Renewable Carbon as a Guiding Principle for Sustainable Carbon Cycles
Founder & Managing Director
In order to rapidly mitigate climate change and achieve our global ambition for greenhouse gas emission reductions, the inflow of further fossil carbon from the ground into our system must be reduced as quickly as possible and by high volumes. In the energy and transport sector, this means a vigorous and fast expansion of renewable energies, hydrogen and electromobility, the so-called decarbonisation of these sectors. The EU has already started pushing an ambitious agenda in this space and will continue to do so, for instance with the recently released ‘Fit for 55’ package. However, these policies have so far largely ignored other industries that extract and use fossil carbon.
The chemical and plastics industries have a high demand for carbon and are essentially only possible with carbon-based feedstocks, as most of their products cannot do without carbon. Unlike energy, these sectors cannot be “decarbonised” and molecules will still need carbon. In December 2021, for the first time ever, the European Commission (EC) published a communication paper on sustainable carbon cycles. Such a new policy approach must be further detailed to ensure the source of the carbon and carbon cycles can be optimised to minimise environmental impact, moving to more sustainable chemicals and materials.
In this presentation the importance of tackling the embedded carbon in chemicals and materials is highlighted and an approach to minimise its environmental impact and maximise reduction of GHG emissions is proposed, in accordance with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The solution is defossilisation, the transformation from fossil to renewable carbon, carbon from biomass, CO2 and Recycling.
11:35 am (CET)
Role of AI in Moving Towards a Circular Economy
COO & Co-founder
AI and computervision in sorting and recycling
Lunch Break -
12:00 pm - 1:10 pm (CET)
1:10 pm - 5:30 pm (CET)
1:10 pm (CET)
Sappi Symbio – Inspired by Nature
At Sappi, we recognise that people around the world are seeking sustainable, scalable, and responsible alternatives to non-renewables. With our knowledge and competencies, we embrace this opportunity. Sappi Symbio is a natural cellulose fibre solution reinforces (bio)plastics and makes them stronger, lighter and more sustainable.
We are inspired by nature and believe it is our responsibility to unlock the full potential of each tree harvested. Sappi Symbio helps to improve the life cycle analyses of products and reduces the overall carbon footprint (measured in kg CO2 equivalents) providing a positive global impact.
The presentation will share more insights in how Sappi Symbio increases material performance, reduces overall weight and contributes to a more sustainable world. It will also help better understand how Symbio is unique and different to other natural fibre solutions. Symbio fibres are non-visible in end-applications and are absent of undesired issues like discoloration and odor.
Symbio adds value to your products through both its natural origin and performance benefits. If you are looking for more sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions, please come and listen to our story or visit us at our booth (stand 6022).
1:35 pm (CET)
Building Functional Biopolymer Innovations
Dr Maiju Hietala
Purpose of this presentation is to highlight opportunities in creating biobased alternatives for fossil-based plastics. With our advanced ability to manipulate bio- and inorganic polymers we can meet the evermore sophisticated industrial requirements for e.g. impact strength, durability and frost resistance. Come and hear how tuning soybean oil derivates and siloxanes can enhance your bioplastic offering.
2:00 pm (CET)
How Natural Fibre Composites Can Replace Traditional Glass and Carbon Fibre Composites While Increasing Sustainability
Marine & Industry Manager
The use of traditional carbon and glass fibre-based composites across the industries is nowadays heavily challenged by environmental questions that arise due to their high carbon footprint and lack of efficient and industrial pro-cesses to dispose of the laminates at their end-of-life.
Plant based natural fibres offer very encouraging numbers both in terms of their global warming potential and a mechanical point of view. During this presentation, relevant applications will be discussed, showcasing a compari-son of components used in the marine, motorsport, and architectural indus-tries.
2:25 pm (CET)
High-Value Bio-Based Solutions from Lignin
MetGen is a biotechnology company providing complete bioprocessing solutions enabling a new wave of biobased products. With the mission of maximizing the value of renewable feedstock, MetGen has developed and commercially launched a novel lignin valorization technology, METNIN. The technology produces three main products such as SHIELD for additives in packaging applications, lignopolyols in polyurethane application, resins for plywood adhesives.
2:50 pm (CET)
Building regional Ecosystems for Green Chemistry; the benefits for entrepreneurs
Senbis Polymer Innovations BV
How can the Chemical industry reduce CO2 emissions and replace the need of fossil feedstock? The world urgently needs to speed up the transition towards green chemistry. How do we scale-up sustainable innovations? How can an (regional) ecosystem support your business? The panel will discuss the learnings from their own breakthrough technologies. How do you go about finding funds? How do you manage the risks during the scale up phase? How do you create an integrated chain with like-minded partners without losing speed? How do you further develop technology and at the same time meet financial expectations? The panellists share their advice on what to do and what not to do.
Coffee Break -
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm (CET)
3:45 pm (CET)
From Waste to Value – Sustainable Biopolymers to Replace Fossil Raw Materials
There is huge demand for biopolymers on the market. Consumer demand and tightening regulations force manufacturing industries to find more sustainable ways to produce our daily consumables. CH-Bioforce has a solution for this. CH-Bioforce has developed a technology, which gently extracts all main components of lignocellulosic biomass in one process without any harsh chemicals. Hemicellulose fractionation forms the core of our innovation and is achieved through pressurized hot water extraction (PHWE). The resulting materials – high-purity cellulose, polymeric hemicellulose and sulphur-free lignin – are extremely pure and close to their natural form. Each of our high-quality bio-polymers has a wide range of end applications, providing an alternative for fossil-based materials and food-based starch or cotton. Furthermore, our process can utilize almost any kind of biomass as feedstock like industrial and agricultural waste streams such as straw
4:10 pm (CET)
Cork Polymer Compounds: How Cork Can Replace Plastic?
Innovation & Product Management Director
At I. Cork factory, our innovation hub, we achieve the perfect match between performance and sustainability. New, innovative, and high-performance products from the circular economy are being created. With cork at the core, blended with other materials, that are by-products from other industries (industrial symbiosis), we give materials a new life by creating new products that leverage cork's attributes while taking care of the planet.
Developed by Amorim Cork Composites’ I. Cork factory, CPCs are a range of cork polymer compounds, offering the moldability of polymers and the lightness and sustainability of cork.
Cork polymer compounds replace conventional plastic with a sustainable alternative keeping the performance and aesthetics desired for the application. The result is a reduced CO₂ footprint, increased lightness, improved thermal and acoustic properties or grip performance. CPCs are suited for applications in various market segments seeking a high-performance, bio-based alternative to polymers.
4:35 pm (CET)
Beet Pulp for Bio Solutions
Cosun Beet Company - Biobased Experts
At Cosun Beet Company – Biobased Experts, we recognize the enormous potential of plants and know how to turn them into practical solutions to everyday problems. Taking plant-based materials, and using several concepts of upcycling and mild processing, we produce the functional ingredients that help boost both the performance and sustainability of products. In the presentation, you will learn more about these valorization concepts as used by Cosun Biobased Experts.
5:00 pm (CET)
Novamont: A Circular Bio-Economy Model for Territorial Regeneration
Novamont is a Benfefit Company, B Corp certified, world’s leader in the production of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics and biochemicals. In strong collaboration with farmers, composters, retail, brand owners, municipalities, over the last 30 years, Novamont has been working on the development of a circular bioeconomy model where compostable bioplastics have not only proven to be fundamental for organic waste collection, allowing Italy to become first in Europe for the recycling of food waste (47% vs 16% of the European average), but also to be the solution for all those packaging that today cannot be recycled due to their size and multi-material composition and to reduce pollution in agriculture.
Day2: November 10, 2022
Renewable & Recycled Raw Materials
9:00 am - 12:05 pm (CET)
9:00 am (CET)
How the PHA Biopolymer Platform Impacts our Sustainable Manufacturing Ambitions: From Beginning to End of Life
Co-founder & Board Member
GO!PHA - Global Organization for PHA
The Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) - platform shows rapid technological advancement and industry development. Making and using PHAs impact a plethora of sustainable manufacturing targets, such as converting (organic) waste streams to high value materials, capturing and using green house gases, creating natural and bio-based performance materials and ingredients, and creating plastic-free products. The Global Organization for PHA (GO!PHA), will outline the recent developments in industrial progress as well as the interconnection of PHA to the relevant green manufacturing targets.
9:25 am (CET)
Renewable, Bio-Based Material, Replacing Fossil-Based Plastics
Head of Global Circular Plastics Program
Prof. Christoph Wagener
Vice President Research & Product Development
Head of Communication and Public Affairs
Der Grüne Punkt - DSD-Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG
9:55 am (CET)
Fibenol - A New Era in Wood Residues Biorefining, Allowing Non Food Competing Production of Biomaterials and Biochemicals
Uku Erik Tropp
Bioprocess Development Project Manager
Fibenol is at the forefront of realizing the long awaited dream of lignocellulosic biomass to be converted into sustainable and biobased raw materials for biochemicals and biomaterials production. Our novel woody residues fractionation platform allows to produce dextrose replacement for conventional fermentation processes, no-smell lignin to replace fossil based chemistry (for example bitumen and phenol) and to produce biocomposites and our unique non Kraft process derived specialty celluloses that have wide perspectives for innovative applications in paper and packaging, concrete production, cosmetics etc. Presentation would shed the light on our journey from idea to real and what is our current offering for brand owners, allowing them to make aware decisions to demand for more sustainable and non food competing biobased raw materials to be used in their supply chains to match end-users raising awareness and will to have more sustainable products for use.
10:20 am (CET)
Biomass Valorisation for New and Sustainable Functional Raw Materials
CeNTI - Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials
Héctor Torres Pierna, PhD
Coffee Break -
10:50 am - 11:20 am (CET)
11:20 am (CET)
Reducing Climate Impact: Can Consumers Change the World on Shelf
Senior Commercial Director EU/AM/MEA
Did you know that there are plastics in baby wipes?
Our choices matter in daily life. As VEOCEL™, we’re dedicated to show consumers that ingredients in everyday care products can be eco-friendly.
By choosing them, we can do good for decreasing our negative impact on the environment.
Lenzing´s wood-based biodegradable VEOCEL™ branded fibers are a true sustainable alternative to fossil-based synthetics. VEOCEL™ fibers are used in many single-use products from baby wipes & make-up remover wipes, household & disinfecting wipes to baby diapers, fem care products and even facial sheet masks. These everyday care products are part of our lives and by choosing the eco-friendly version of them, we can have a positive impact on our environment. The Single-Use Plastics Directive, announced by EU drives attention to single-use products which contain plastics. The directive enables consumers to make a more informed purchase decision. VEOCEL™ fibers are made of the raw material wood and sourced from sustainably managed forests. Thus, VEOCEL™ fibers are biodegradable and compostable meaning they are derived from nature and return to nature at the end of their life cycle.
Additionally, VEOCEL™ recently marked a milestone with the introduction of the industry´s first carbon neutral VEOCEL™ branded fibers. The new offering for Lyocell fibers will enable VEOCEL™ to support nonwovens industry partners and product brand to reduce climate impact through the use of fibers with a net-zero carbon footprint.
11:45 am (CET)
Infinitely Sustainable Metal: The True Circularity Champion
Chief Sustainability Officer & SVP Global R&D
Consumer demand for eco-friendly and sustainable product packaging has proven remarkably stable and robust throughout the societal changes in recent years. In fact, up to 70% of consumers consider themselves as environmentally aware and 86% of younger consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable packaging. As the momentum continues to grow, what exactly makes some types of packaging more sustainable than others? In this talk, we will share the intrinsic advantages of metal packaging and how they help brands win in the market while protecting the world around us. Key takeaways:
• Unpack global consumer perceptions on sustainable packaging (>15,000 interviews)
• The value of infinite recyclability in a circular economy
• Opportunity for brands to drive sustainability and business value
12:10 am (CET)
Precious Metal Catalysts for the Conversion of Sustainable Feedstocks
Global Head of Sales – Heterogenous Catalysis, VP
Heraeus Precious Metals
Recent developments make it clear that moving away from petroleum-based chemistry is becoming extremely important. Bio-based chemicals show also a more attractive carbon footprint compared to their petrochemical analogues. The downstream conversion of biomass feedstock often requires precious metal catalysts. Lignin can be considered one of the most important aromatic resources for the bio-based chemical industry. The use of platinum-based catalysts ensures access to important organic building blocks as sustainable products from biomass to enable their full utilization. The full avoidance of any coke formation allows the application of the obtained phenolics as starting material for phenolic resins.
Lunch Break -
12:35 pm - 1:15 pm (CET)
Sustainable Polymers & Circular Economy For Plastics
1:15 pm - 5:10 pm (CET)
1:15 pm (CET)
A Materials Revolution to Enable True Circularity for Plastics
Reinier De Graaf
Director, Feedstock Strategy Europe
The world is in the middle of a plastic waste crisis, only made worse by the pandemic. The limitations of traditional recycling technologies and economic challenges facing the planet currently present significant roadblocks in tackling this problem. While there is no single solution to solve this growing crisis, there are innovations and technologies from the industry to help. To truly transform into a global circular economy for plastics, the acceptance and implementation of advanced recycling technologies across the board, is critical. Partnering with the whole eco system for a materials revolution and constructive conversations to repair and prepare our planet for future generations is essential.
- The ins and outs, pros and cons of advanced recycling
- Eastman projects and partnerships
- The infrastructure challenges in Europe that need to be solved to get more chemical recycling technologies operating at scale
- How we can all join forces so that plastic never become waste.
1:40 pm (CET)
Using Digitalization to Support Sustainable Development of Circular Plastic Value Chains
Director of Circular Services
Stora Enso has developed a digital platform that enables collaboration and reduces the cost and complexity of developing circular value chains. We will present the results of our pilot testing of the platform and plans to launch and expand this with the circular economy for plastics in Europe. The pilot version of the platform can be found here: https://kind-island-01de16203.1.azurestaticapps.net/
2:05 pm (CET)
Measure, Manage, Finance: Three Steps for Corporate Plastic Action
Practice Lead Circular Economy
M. & Mme Recyclage
Director of Plastic and Sustainable Development Policy and Markets
The panel discussion will highlight through a case study how a plastic value chain actor can take action and generate a positive environmental impact by measuring its plastic footprint, managing plastic pollution within its value chain, and financing plastic waste collection and recycling infrastructure through plastic credits. First the panel will walk the audience through the process of accounting for plastic usage and environmental leakage throughout a supply chain. Second the panel will discuss the mitigation hierarchy and how action starts by first addressing hotspots within the value chain. Finally, the panel will present how plastic credits and the partnership with M & Mme Recyclage is driving financing to local recycling activities in South Western France.
Coffee Break -
2:40 pm - 3:10 pm (CET)
3:10 pm (CET)
The Systems View on Circular Plastics Including Future Recycling Scenario Modelling for Different Types of Plastics from Various Waste Streams
Senior Business Developer Circular Plastics
3:35 pm (CET)
The Next Generation of Plastic-Free: Innovative Plant-Based Replacements for Single Use Plastic
Business Development Manager
Xampla is a BCorp Cambridge University spin-out which has created the world’s first entirely natural replacement for plastic made from plant proteins, such as pea-protein. The material performs just like synthetic polymers, but decomposes naturally and fully without harming the environment. Xampla’s plant protein-based material has been developed through more than 15 years’ research at the University of Cambridge. The academic research has moved on to develop technologies using this material for the packaging industry, the food & drink industry and agriculture. This presentation will be delivered by Simon Hombersley, CEO of Xampla and will explore the opportunities that are available with 100 percent plant based polymers for brands looking to switch from traditional plastics. A successful cleantech entrepreneur, Simon is well placed to discuss the journey from start-up to scale up, reflecting on the lessons Xampla has learnt and where it will go over the next 12-months to bring its innovative material to a large consumer base. Xampla’s core technology is created from naturally occurring polymers and is handled and processed with no chemical modification, making it high performance and seamlessly biodegradable – thus if it ends up in the environment it causes no harm. This presents a significant opportunity for brands to replace their single-use packaging with something that offers the same benefits without harming the environment. It is Xampla’s core mission to eliminate the most polluting single-use plastics for the sake of our ocean’s health, and this presentation will also explore how this material can be used in a variety of markets and applications, bringing something not only new to the market, but something completely natural that brands and consumers have been seeking. This is not only significant for brands, but also for the development and innovation of products. This presentation seeks to share how commonly used single-use plastics and microplastics can be replaced with like-for-like alternatives that fit with existing processes and equipment used by industry, and how it is possible to create plastic technology that will home compost, and even break down in the natural environment, as a safe solution for the Earth’s soils and seas. We will also cover examples of how these materials have been used with major global brands. These include Xampla’s recent announcement that it is partnering with Britvic to further develop its material to hold nutrients within liquids as well as creating the world’s first edible stock cube wrapper made from pea protein developed for meal kit retailer Gousto, which has the potential to replace 17 tonnes of plastic annually, if rolled out at scale. The presentation will also include powerful visuals of Xampla’s polymers and materials and the opportunity this presents for industry, consumers and the planet.
4:00 pm (CET)
Missing Link: Scoping and Solving the Challenge of Processing Plastic Pyrolysis Oils in Steam Crackers
Business Development Director
Chemical recycling via pyrolysis of plastic waste is gaining a lot of attention with a number of projects announced globally and is seen as critical in enabling the brand owners to live up to their pledges for recycled content. Though this solution is considered to help both with plastic waste management and contributing to decrease GHG emissions, several challenges are standing in the way of a successful and large-scale implementation. Challenges come from inherent plastic properties (such as chlorine in PVC) as well as impurities from municipal solid waste – both incompatible with steam crackers. Furthermore, steam crackers can have very different feedstock specifications when it comes to end boiling point, nitrogen content, concentration of halogens, etc. This presentation will address typical technical challenges when upgrading pyrolysis oils and how to solve them through tailored solution approach deployed commercially. The commercial deployment side will be addressed through analysis of possible scenarios for the developing market, in which a lot yet needs to happen. The good news is that a lot of the existing capacity can be used and/or repurposed, such as refineries and steam crackers, and though the look of the value chain of the future is uncertain, collaboration is vibrant and synergies abundant.
4:25 pm (CET)
Development of a Flame-Retardant Injection Molding Material made of PLA with High Heat Resistance and Impact Resistance for Technical Products
In technical applications and markets with high requirement profile, such as electronics products, transportation or even the construction sector, bioplastics have so far hardly been represented to any significant extent. Besides economic aspects main reasons for this are inadequate properties for technical products. Therefore the material properties play an important role in its market success for technical applications. For example, plastics for technical products usually have to meet a whole series of minimum requirements, such as high heat resistance, high toughness and low flammability. Bioplastics, such as polylactic acid (PLA), do not fulfill these requirements. Despite intensive research and development in recent years, PLA still does not have a marketable property profile for technical injection molding products. In a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT, together with Evonik Operations GmbH, the Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen (IKV) and FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, was able to develop formulations with simultaneously improved impact strength, heat resistance and flame retardancy. In addition to material development, the processing parameters were investigated, to reach an economic manufacturing process via injection molding. The research consortium was able to identify important cause-effect relationships and corresponding materials were produced on an industrial scale. The property profile of the developed materials ranges from heat deflection temperatures above 100 °C, charpy impact strength of over 50 kJ/m2 and a flame retardancy category V0 in the UL 94 test. Through targeted additives and the adjustment of the crystallization behavior of the PLA-based materials, it was possible to produce real components in cooperation with partners from the electronics industry.