nova-Session: "The Future of Refineries & Big Chemical Production Sites"


Nine experts present and discuss their scenarios for the future of the chemical industry, hybrid session at 31 March 2022 (10:00-17:00 (CET), Wöllhaf Conference Center Airport Cologne/Bonn

Chemical Verbund sites and refineries are the backbone of the European industry, prosperity and comfort. But to match the urgency of action and tackle climate change seriously, a transformation of these large structures is indispensable. A sustainable development is only possible if chemistry decouples from fossil carbon sources. This transformation needs to happen quickly and on a large scale. If Europe's chemical industry fails to transform, these structures could be lost and Europe will become totally dependent on China and the Gulf states.
Politics plays a big role here, but is not fully aware of the big challenge and does not yet have comprehensive concepts for a chemical industry of the future.

What are the challenges in detail?

  • New feedstocks from biomass, biogenic waste, CO2 plus hydrogen, or even plastic waste via chemical recycling must be integrated.
  • The product portfolio has to change significantly. Much less gasoline and diesel fuels, but a strong focus on chemicals and derived materials.
  • Sustainable aviation fuel from biomass, CO2 and chemical recycling will probably be the first new large-volume application.
  • Naphtha and crackers: What will become of this pathway, is it to be redesigned and/or will other processes and intermediates become the starting point? Ethanol and methanol, lignin?
  • What role will electrochemistry play?

What are the solutions for a future-proof chemical industry in Europe? These questions will be discussed with leading experts from the industry and market and strategy research.

Registration fee:
•    On-site: 495 € (plus VAT)
•    Online: 395 € (plus VAT)

A maximum of 30 participants can be present on site. Please register quickly. From the 20th on site participant onwards, we will open a waiting list from which we will select the other 10 participants (e.g. only one person per company). Online, the number of participants is unlimited.