Be part of the success story of CO2 as feedstock for fuels and chemicals

19–20 April 2023 – hybrid event (on site and online), Cologne (Germany)

The use of CO2 in the chemical industry is gaining increasing momentum in the last years. CO2 is already used as a feedstock for fuels, platform chemicals, polymers and even a protein source for food and feed. One of the essential pillars for the supply of renewable carbon besides biomass and recycling is the Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) approach, which serves as one of the key technologies in the transition towards a sustainable chemical and fuel production industry and can adequately substitute fossil feedstock sources. Such sustainable solutions are needed to fight climate change and to push the shift towards climate-friendly production and consumption.

Although CCU is often sees as a technology for the future, current developments show an ongoing progress is these technologies, especially with regard to aviation fuels and platform chemicals like ethanol and methanol, where big installations have already been realised. Other foreseen CO2-based products include fine chemicals, polymers and even proteins for food and feed production. 

In our 10th edition of the nova conference on CO2-based Fuels & Chemicals in 2022 we were introduced to big installations in place in China, producing CO- and CO2-based ethanol using emissions from the steel industry and aiming to increase their production volumes. Other industrial actors are planning to build large methanol plants in the Netherlands and Germany, using CO2 from waste incineration or industrial point sources. Meanwhile others are planning on erecting corresponding plants based on large-scale solar thermal power plants in Tunisia. Also in Europe, various plants for the production of aviation fuel are about to start construction, e.g., in France and in Norway. The generated methanol can be used to directly fuel container ships in particular, which in the past usually ran on heavy fuel oil. 

The production of e-kerosene is mainly stimulated by a coming quota: According to the ReFuel Aviation EU proposal, by 2030, 5% of kerosene demand in the European Union would have to be met by sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), of which a minimum share of 0.7% are synthetic aviation fuels. By 2035, the mandate is supposed to increase to 20% SAF with a sub-quota of 5% minimum of synthetic fuels.

In April of 2023 new and leading players will demonstrate novel and improved applications based on the use of CO2 as feedstock. Main topics of the conference focus on the needed green hydrogen production, innovative carbon capture technologies from ambient air and industrial point sources and especially on carbon utilisation (Power-to-X) for transportation and aviation fuels, platform chemicals and building-blocks, polymers and fine chemicals as well as advanced technologies for CO2 utilisation such as gas fermentation processes and artificial photosynthesis. 

The conference will offer all participants the chance to meet pioneers and forerunners together with stakeholders from big companies, Start-Ups and the research community. The first day will focus on green hydrogen production, carbon capture and CO2-based transport and aviation fuels, while the topics of the second day highlight mineralisation and CO2-based bulk and fine chemicals. CCU technologies are essential to meet the future demand for carbon from renewable sources. 

Call for Abstracts 

Would you like to present your project, product or technology or latest developments at the conference? Then submit your abstract till 21 November 2022. 

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Innovation award Innovation Award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2023” 

Call for Innovations! Do you want to present your innovation at the conference?

You are welcome to present your latest product and process innovations. Deadline for submission: 6 February 2023 

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Call for Posters 

Do you want to present a poster at the conference?

You are welcome to present your latest products, technologies or developments. Deadline for submission: 31 March 2023 

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Sponsoring Opportunities 

Become a sponsor of the conference!

Join us as a sponsor and find a range of sponsoring options which provide you with maximum visibility and impact at the conference. We are open to new ideas and would be delighted to implement them with you. 

Please contact us if our sponsoring options appeal to you or if you would like to put forward a proposal of your own!

Key Account Management 

Guido Müller 
Tel.: +49(0)2233-4814-44 
E-Mail: [email protected]

We welcome our Innovation Award sponsor Yncoris 

Exhibition Opportunities 

Become an exhibitor of the conference!

Companies that would like to book an exhibition booth (6m2) can do so for the price of 1,100 EUR (excl. 19% VAT). Included in the booth fee is one conference ticket. The conference exhibition is located prominently within the conference hall so interaction with the participants is guaranteed. Further information here. Conference Registration You are welcome to register now! Registration fee will be 945 EUR (excl. 19% VAT) for both days and 450 EUR (excl. 19% VAT) for the virtual option.


nova-Institute, press release, 2022-10.