21. Apr 2022
One way to overcome the chemical industry's dependence on fossil fuels is to replace oil and gas with renewable carbon within the existing structures of the chemical industry. But it applies also to innovation, the development of new processes, building blocks and materials.
This requires rethinking of chemistry and materials. Ready-to-use fossil-free sustainable material solutions with a low carbon footprint are in fast-growing demand. Innovative brand owners are keeping an eye out for such solutions, in particular those that will soon reach the mainstream.
With the innovation award “Renewable Material of the Year 2022”, nova-Institute (organiser) and Covestro (sponsor) would like to award three particularly exciting and promising solutions that contribute to replacing fossil carbon from the ground. Innovations could be submitted until 15 March, and 31 were received. The Advisory Board and the nova experts had some trouble selecting the six most exciting ones and nominating them for the award.
Six “Renewable Material of the Year 2022” Nominees:
Borregaard (NO) – Exilva® fibrillated cellulose
Eastman (US) – Material-to-Material Molecular Recycling Technologies
Lactips (FR) – Plastic Free PaperTM with CareTips® – a Natural Polymer to Rethink Plastic
Origin Materials (US) – Technology Platform for Producing Carbon Negative PET
Twelve Benefit Corporation (US) – Electrochemical CO2 Transformation to Chemicals and Materials
VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie (DE) – VerBioChem Ethenolyis Platform for Renewable Chemicals.
The innovation award is one of the highlights of the “Renewable Materials Conference”, 10–12 May in Cologne (Germany), with 60 confirmed speakers and more than 400 expected participants. On the second conference-day, the nominated companies will present their products and all conference participants, on site and online, will vote for the three winners. This exciting competition will be decided by the participants themselves.