Renewable Carbon by nova-Institute

Welcome to, the website showcasing nova-Institute’s many services around renewable carbon: the bio- and CO2-based economy as well as chemical recycling. nova-Institute is a science-based research and consultancy company. Organiser of leading expert conferences, workshops and webinars.


Renewable Carbon Newsletters

Stay informed about the latest developments in the renewable carbon industry and nova-Institute’s activities. Choose the news relevant to your business out of 19 different topics: sustainability – renewable carbon – recycling – policy – pharma – natural fibres – food – engineering – energy – digital and artificial intelligence – carbon, capture and utilization – bio-based materials – plastics and composites – bio-based chemicals and industrial biotechnology – automotive – agriculture, forestry and resources – nova’s monthly newsletter – Renewable Carbon Newsletter – Press releases – events and conferences.

Businesses Directory

ReCaCo – International Directory for Renewable Materials

The leading business directory for the bio-based, CO2-based and recycled materials gives you the opportunity to look up suppliers, partners and service providers or present your own company and products to the right audience for you.



nova-Institut GmbH has been working in the field of sustainability since the mid-1990s and today focuses primarily on the areas of circular economy, bioeconomy and CO2 utilisation. 

The independent company supports the chemical and plastics industries in the transition from fossil to renewable carbon – based on biomass, CO2 utilisation or recycling – through research and science-based consulting. 

Both in accompanying research for innovation projects and in individual business consulting, nova’s interdisciplinary team covers the entire value chain. It works on all topics from raw materials, technology scouting and market research to economics, policy, life cycle assessments and sustainability, as well as support in communication and strategy development.
50 experts from different fields work together to defossilise the industry and create a climate-neutral future.

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Renewable Carbon

What is renewable carbon?

Renewable Carbon entails all carbon sources that avoid or substitute the use of any additional fossil carbon from the geosphere. Renewable carbon can come from the biosphere, atmosphere or technosphere – but not from the geosphere. Renewable carbon circulates between biosphere, atmosphere or technosphere, creating a carbon circular economy.

How does it differ from the bioeconomy and circular economy? This page provides a definition and background on the renewable carbon strategy and why it is relevant to you.

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Renewable Carbon Events

nova-Institute hosts workshops and conferences, big and small, for an expert audience. Some related to our research projects, some as stand-alone events. Most notable the Renewable Materials Conference (, International Conference on Cellulose Fibres (, Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals ( and the nova Sessions, a series of workshops on pressing political issues and market developments. On this website, you can find all upcoming events.

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Renewable Carbon Publications

nova-Institute is not only part of many research projects putting out valuable information on bio-based and CO2-based chemicals, building blocks, polymers and materials as well as chemical recycling topics, we also publish additional reports and background papers on policy, markets & trends as well as technologies around the renewable circular economy.

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Renewable Carbon Graphics

We firmly believe in making knowledge accessible: not only offer we free reports to spread the knowledge on renewable carbon-related topics but supplements the written word with attractive graphics free for non-commercial use to inform the research and industrial community as well as educate the public.

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Renewable Carbon News

Relevant press releases, interviews and general news keep you informed about the latest innovations, inventions, investments and developments in bioeconomy, industrial biotechnology, bio-based chemistry and materials, CO2-based materials, Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) and Power-to-X industries as well as chemical recycling. Keep up easily with the latest research and market developments by subscribing to the daily newsletter, Twitter account or RSS feed.