The International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU), which began in 1991 in Nagoya, Japan, has since been held in countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. The biennial conference provides a multi-disciplinary forum on recent innovations in fundamental and applied aspects of carbon dioxide utilization.
In 2016, the conference will be held in at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. More details about the venue and the conference schedule will be updated soon.
SCOT WORKSHOP : 2014
What is the Smart CO2 Transformation (SCOT)?
Smart CO2 Transformation, is a project supported by the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community (FP7) to develop Strategic European Research Agenda aimed at improving the technical and economic performance of emerging CO2 transformation technologies. SCOT gathers five regions which are strongly committed to the emerging area of CO2 utilization (Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and UK) and it is the first ever European initiative in the field of CO2 utilization strategy.
Reducing CO2 emissions, protecting the environment and our resources, while reducing consumption of scarce raw materials, are some major challenges facing society. The EU has adopted ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050. So far, most attention from policy makers and others has been paid to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies that aim to concentrate CO2 emitted from large industrial sites and store it in deep geological sites.
The SCOT project is complementary to this approach but focuses on an emerging research area with great economic growth potential: the recycling of CO2 through its transformation into valuable products via chemical or biological technologies. These technologies can be brought under the umbrella of Carbon Dioxide Utilization. The project’s overall objective is to contribute to the evolvement of Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU) throughout the EU, such that CO2 is treated as a resource, rather than a waste.
Through a stronger coordination of efforts among the consortium, the SCOT project will enable to:
- Define a Strategic European Research Agenda aimed at developing new breakthrough solutions and market applications
- Attract additional EU clusters, regions and investors to participate to multi-disciplinary research programmes and other collaborative actions defined in a Joint Action Plan
- Propose structural policy measures to favour the transition to a new European society based on the paradigm of “CO2-as-a-resource”, thereby significantly improving the EU’s overall competitive position and environmental performance on the international scene.
Workshop on policy bottlenecks preventing a faster development of CO2 based products in Europe
While we prepare our Joint Action Plan and the Strategic Research Agenda, we want to gather stakeholder views on what are the key policy bottlenecks and their potential solutions. Thus, you are invited to register for this event and engage in the discussion.
The workshop will involve five short presentations and there will be plenty of time for debate among participants.
Some of the areas that the presentations will cover are:
- R+D funding priorities and policies: Are the funds well allocated? Sufficient?
- Energy policy: Key developments/measures which could facilitate CDU
- What are the current barriers and what could policy do to solve them regarding:
- CO2 Chemicals
- CO2 Fuels
- CO2 Mineralisation
- Sophie Wilmet (CEFIC)
- Hans Bolscher (Triple E)
- Alexis Bazzanella (Dechema)
- Michael North (University of York)
- Michael Priestnall (Cambridge Carbon Capture)
BIO-TIC project : 2014
Funded by the European Commission, BIO-TIC was launched, as an FP7 project, with the aim to establish an overview of the opportunities and barriers to biotechnology innovation and propose approaches to address them. All our current activities, including our complete draft roadmaps, and experts in industrial biotechnology, can be reached via our Partnering Platform on www.industrial-biotechnology.eu .
Modern use of industrial biotechnology (IB) is critical in a bio-based economy. Deploying the full potential of biotech innovation will enable the European industry to deliver high-value products to consumers and create new commercial opportunities. New feedstock demands will lead to synergies amongst SMEs and large industrial partners. New technological developments will boost European export of technology and facilities by bringing some of Europe’s top sectors together: chemical industry, engineering and renewables.
However to date, major hurdles continue to hamper the full exploitation of biotechnology in Europe. These hurdles may vary from technological bottlenecks to limited availability of venture capital and fragmented policy frameworks.
In BIO-TIC we seek to define product segments and applications that promise significant potential for Europe’s industry and society by 2030. We have now identified 5 major “bio-Business cases” which are EU-competitive and have the potential to introduce cross-cutting technology ideas. These are:
- Bioplastics PHA and PLA
- Building blocks
- CO2-based chemicals
Based on these business cases, we are developing three in-depth “bio-Roadmaps”. These will focus on the market potential, R&D priorities and non-technological hurdles of IB innovation. In particular, the market roadmap will provide market projections until 2030. The technology roadmap will focus on setting R&D priorities and identifying needs for pilot and demonstration of plant activities. Last but not least, the non-technological barriers roadmap will identify regulatory and non-technological hurdles that may inhibit industrial biotech innovation reaching new market opportunities. The final roadmaps will be released in July 2015.
Workshop on CO2-based chemicals business case
Input from the market and experts in industry and research are critical to build a basis for the roadmaps. We would like to share our knowledge with experts and receive recommendations. We are therefore organising a series of “bio-Workshops” across Europe, which started in June 2013 and will continue to the end of 2014. The initial workshops are being held at a regional level and address all business cases. In 2014, we will hold one workshop per business case at a European level. We hope to engage with multiple stakeholders across different value chains with activities on a range of technological domains from chemistry and engineering to health and environment.
With respect to CO2, we would like to plan the workshop around a major conference related to CO2 as a feedstock. This would mean that the major experts will already plan to be there, increasing the effectiveness and the participation in the workshop. We hope that such a workshop could also support a CO2 conference by providing a forum for the main experts to exchange views and discuss the opportunities and hurdles for the use of CO2-based chemicals.
The results of this workshop will feed into the final bio-roadmaps that BIO-TIC will release in July 2015 and which will show the relationship between potential market developments, R&D needs, regulatory and non-technological aspects impacting on IB innovation. If you cannot join us in Lyon, you can still send us your recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org .
In order to define the opportunities and hurdles in the “CO2 to Chemicals” business case, the workshop will explore the role of IB in:
- Direct production of chemicals through the transformation of CO2
- “Artificial leaves”, using CO2, water, sunlight and a (semiconductor) catalyst to produce glucose as a feedstock for Industrial Biotechnological processes to produce chemicals
The objectives of the workshop are:
- to identify technological, non-technological and market hurdles for the uptake of industrial biotechnology as a basis for use of CO2 as a feedstock,
- develop recommendations and solutions to overcome the identified hurdles
- contribute to the development, testing and fine-tuning of the BIO-TIC roadmap;
- to bring together industrial biotechnology end users (downstream) with technology providers (upstream), innovation agencies and decision makers to stimulate interconnected discussion and knowledge exchange platforms and processes;
- to collect data to develop draft indicators to measure the socio-economic and environmental impact of IB and the use of renewables-based products in the European Union