2010 Programme

1st Edition

This first forum's focus is the recycling pathways that present significant potential to feed from the future industrial CO2 capture installations in sufficient volumes to have a meaningful contribution to climate change mitigation policies. As world experts will present their research and achievements the Forum will produce a broad perspective of the state-of-play and future roadmap for these developments. The program is based on 19 leading keynote speakers who will provide science, technology and policy perspectives. Panels and round-table sessions will expand on the major themes. The format will allow a high degree of interactivity to enable dialog and foster interdisciplinary synergy.
Day 1
27 sept 2010
Day 2
28 sept 2010
08:45 - 09:00

Participants welcome and Introduction

09:00 - 12:00

SESSION 1, CO2 : the context

Chair: Claude Fussler, Global Compact, United Nations. To control the atmospheric concentration of CO2 below the recommended 450 ppm level for an acceptable climate risk, most scenarios include the development...
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Climate mitigation – the scientific context

The presentation by Dr. Pachauri would provide an overview of the potential for mitigation of greenhouse gasses highlighting opportunities in specific sectors of the economy. The economic aspects of mitigation...
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Rajendra Kumar PACHAURI

Climate mitigation – the social and political context

This session will address the broader socio-political context in which climate change mitigation takes place.   It will argue that mitigation needs to be considered as an integral part of the...
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CO2 capture and carbon finance – windows of opportunity

The two pillars of carbon finance are cap-and-trade schemes such as the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS); and project-based mechanisms such as the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism...
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14:00 - 15:30

SESSION 2, CO2 to carbonates and chemicals

CO2 as a C1–building block

Carbon dioxide has been used for decades as a raw material for the production of urea, salicylic acid, ethylene (propylene) carbonate, as well as methanol from a blend of CO...
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CO2 to carbonates

The conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals is attracting the attention of several research groups worldwide. The most investigated transformations are: carbon dioxide hydrogenation, carboxylation of epoxides, caboxylation of...
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Mineral carbonation for CO2 Storage

Early action is imperative to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to prevent aggravation of economic costs.  Although policies and economic incentives are needed, rapid implementation of technological...
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16:00 - 17:30

SESSION 3, CO2 to polymers and chemicals

Sustainable development and climate protection has become a top topic nowadays. Using CO2 for polymers opens up the way for sustainable development as it helps to save on fossil raw...
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Thomas E. MÜLLER

Conversion of CO2 for coating applications

Novomer’s proprietary catalyst technology enables the use of CO2 as a raw material for the synthesis of aliphatic polycarbonate based polymers. The CO2 is directly incorporated into the structure of...
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Electrochemical conversion of CO2

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered as the main contributor to Global Warming due to energy-related activities, industrial processes and waste combustion. Although the development of CO2 capture and secure sequestration...
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CO2 as a feedstock for polyurethane production

Sustainable development and climate protection has become a top topic nowadays. Using CO2 for polymers opens up the way for sustainable development as it helps to save on fossil raw...
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Christoph GÜRTLER
18:00 - 20:00

Poster Session and Cocktail

08:45 - 10:25

SESSION 4, CO2 to fuels

Many aspects of CO2 chemistry, related to energy chemicals and energy vectors, will be covered in this session. The methanol economy is a suggested future economy in which methanol replaces...
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Jean-Marie BASSET

Beyond Oil and Gas: Methanol Economy by Recycling of Carbon Dioxide

Methanol is much preferable to hydrogen for energy storage and transportation. It is also an excellent fuel for heat engines and fuel cells and a convenient raw material for synthetic...
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CO2 Enzymatic carboxylation and reduction to methanol

The utilisation of CO2 (technological, chemical, enhanced biological) may contribute to the reduction of the emission of CO2 in terms of innovative processes that may substitute old technologies and products...
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Michele ARESTA

CO2, formic acid and hydrogen economy

More than 80% of all products of the chemical industry are made via catalysis. In this regard catalysis is a key factor for achieving a sustainable production of chemicals today...
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Matthias BELLER
10:50 - 12:30

SESSION 5, Bioroutes to CO2 conversion

Nature already knows how to convert CO2 into chemicals needed to sustain life. In particular, autotrophic algae use CO2 and sunlight to produce oils, fatty acids, lignocellulose etc…that can be...
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Bioconversion of CO2 by photochemical materials

This presentation describes the fabrication, via immobilisation of photosynthetically active entities within silica materials, of photobiochemical leaf-like materials capable of the energy conversion and CO2 assimilation as the principal component...
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Bao-Lian SU

Photosynthetic efficiency in production of microalgae

Since recently, microalgae are cultivated in various types of technical systems.  The question today is how to design systems that introduce best both CO2 and sunlight – two main sources...
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Otto Franz Gottfried PULZ
14:30 - 15:30

SESSION 6, Enabling technologies

Technologies Because we are going to continue using oil, gas, and coal during the transition, and because their combustion produces large quantities of CO2, we must do everything we can...
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Chemical industry, white biotechnology and renewables

Although today’s biofuel industry relies mainly on ethanol bioproduction, there is a growing concern that this molecule is not an optimal fuel. Ethanol has a low energy density; its production...
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Solar energy engineering

Solar energy is by nature an intermittent source of energy. In order to add significant outputs of solar energy into the global energy mix storage solutions will be required. Battery...
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Hanna Helena KLEIN
16:00 - 17:00

SESSION 7, Outlook and Conclusions

Paul-Joël DERIAN

Energy conversion and renewables: The potential and limits of CO2 large scale capture and recycling

Carbon dioxide is turning image and there are increasing attempts to consider it a resource and a business opportunity rather than a waste with a cost of disposal. This closing...
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Gabriele CENTI
17:30 - 17:40


Alessandra QUADRELLI