Programme: nova Session “Renewable Polymers: Production and Trends 2020–2025”

Renewable Polymers and Building Blocks: Technologies, Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2020–2025


17 February 2021, 10:00 - 16:00 h (CET), online

Hosts: Jan Ravenstijn (Jan Ravenstijn Consulting)
Michael Carus, Pia Skoczinski, Raj Chinthapalli, Pauline Ruiz and Achim Raschka (nova-Institute)



Welcome and introduction to the planned workshop

Michael Carus

Market Overview on Renewable Building Blocks and Polymers and EU Plastic Strategy 
(presented and discussion lead by Michael Carus)
10:15 Market overview, EU Plastic Strategy and Single-Use Plastic Directive 
10:45 Participant contributions & discussion

Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Deep dive
(presented by Pia Skoczinski and Raj Chinthapalli, discussion lead by Michael Carus)
11:15 Global capacities, production and trends 2019, 2020 and forecast for 2025
Highlights and significant changes
Bio-based Building Blocks:
  • Furan derivatives
  • Monopropylene glycol (MPG)
  • Succinic acid

Bio-based Polymers:

  • Casein polymers
  • Polyamides (PA) and respective building blocks
  • Poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT)
  • Polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and respective building blocks
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)
  • Polylactic acid (PLA) and respective building blocks
11:45 Participant contributions & discussion

Polyhydroxyalkanoates – From Embryonic to Early Growth
(presented by Jan Ravenstijn, discussion lead by Michael Carus)
12:15 Latest data and development
12:45 Participant contributions & discussion
13:15 Lunch break

CO2-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Technology Overview
(presented by Pauline Ruiz and Achim Raschka, discussion lead by Michael Carus)
13:45 Existing and emerging technologies, production and research trends  
Highlights, new features and significant developments:
Introduction to CO2 utilisation and catalysis
Chemical conversion of CO2: polycarbonates, polyurethanes, others
Electrochemical conversion of CO2: various building blocks such as ethylene
Biotechnological conversion of CO2: PHAs, PLA and various building blocks
14:15 Participant contributions & discussion

Renewable Naphtha and Renewable Polymers based on it and the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI)
(presented and discussion lead by Michael Carus)
14:45 Renewable naphtha and renewable polymers based on it, Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI)
15:15 Participant contributions & discussion
15:45-16:00 Outlook & Wrap-up