Cellulose Fibres Conference on 8-9 March 2023 in Cologne and online

Session on Sustainability and Environmental Impacts - Sustainability and Concern for Environmental Impact are Driving Developments in the Textile Industry

Due to increasing environmental awareness, innovators are currently developing several new technologies for fibre production, some of which are already in the commercialisation phase. One trend clearly is textile recycling and the separation of cellulose fibres from textiles in order to use them again as a resource for new fibres. Other trends focus on the development of new production technologies and chemicals for the production of cellulose fibres from wood.

Ideally, sustainability benefits also result in economic benefits. Consequently, companies are increasingly interested in analysing their processes to identify hotspots and determine their carbon footprint. However, assessing the sustainability of production technologies and resources is a challenging path. In order to calculate emissions and compare products or technologies, companies along the value chain must go hand in hand and provide production-specific data for sustainability assessment.

The analysis and calculation of sustainability raises many questions in the industry: How can we gather enough data to measure environmental impacts? How can sustainability assessments be carried out in specific cases? What about the environmental, economic and social sustainability of new technologies and process chemicals? Are new sustainability regulations for chemicals to be taken into consideration? Which processes are the most environmentally friendly? Is generalisation even possible or do assessments require site-specific approaches? How do we assess biodegradable products? Can they support the transition to a more sustainable fibre industry?

These and other urgent questions represent the guiding topics of the session “Sustainability and Environmental Impacts”. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the spectrum of sustainability and environmental impact assessments for cellulose fibres and introduces bio-degradable concepts for substituting plastics.

Sustainability and other important topics represent the guiding themes of the upcoming Cellulose Fibres Conference, taking place on 8-9 March 2023 in Cologne, Germany, and online.

For the session “Sustainability and Environmental Impacts” the conference organiser nova-Institute is pleased to present the following speakers:

Prasad Thitame,
Grasim Industries / Birla Cellulose (IN)

Replacing Plastics in Nonwovens with Cellulosic Fibre Innovations to Improve Sustainability in Product Designs

Ali Harlin,
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (FI)
Energy Impact on Different Regenerated Fibre Processes

Rita Valério,
Fiber4Fiber- Sustainable and Traceable Eucalyptus-based Cellulosic Fibres

Anna-Stiina Jääskeläinen,
Kemira (FI)
Chemical Compliance and Hydrophobation Cellulosic Textiles

Joan Colón Jordà,
BETA Tech Center, University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (ES)
Sustainability of Novel Man-Made Cellulosic Fibre Production from Paper Grade Pulp


Six nominees of the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2023”

Sponsoring Opportunities

Become a sponsor of the conference!

Join us as a sponsor and find a range of sponsoring options which provide you with maximum visibility and impact at the conference. We are open to new ideas and would be delighted to implement them with you. Please contact us if our sponsoring options appeal to you or if you would like to put forward a proposal of your own!

Key Account Management: Guido Müller

The innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2023“ is sponsored by GIG Karasek (AT), Gold sponsors are Kemira (FI), Lenzing (AT) and List Technology (CH), Bronze sponsors are Dienes Apparatebau (DE) and Kelheim Fibres (DE). We kindly thank our sponsors for their support.

Exhibition Opportunities

Become an exhibitor at the conference!

Companies that would like to book an exhibition booth (6m2) can do so for the price of 1,100 EUR (excl. 19% VAT). Included in the booth fee is one conference ticket. The conference exhibition is located prominently within the conference hall so interaction with the participants is guaranteed. Further information here.

Conference Registration

You are welcome to register now! Registration fee is 945 EUR (excl. 19% VAT) for both days and 450 EUR (excl. 19% VAT) for the virtual option.

About the Conference

With a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 5 and 10%, cellulose fibres have been a success story within the textile market over the past decade. Similar growth rates are expected in the following years. This makes cellulosic fibres the fastest growing fibre group in the textile industry and therefore the largest investment sector in the global circular bio-economy.

However, the recycling of the cellulose has some hurdles. How can technology overcome these obstacles? How can markets achieve a circularity of the material? How can the cellulose fibres industry contribute to the sustainability and circularity of the textile sector? These and other questions represent the lead topics of the upcoming Cellulose Fibres Conference 2023 taking place on 8-9 March 2023 in Cologne, Germany and online.


nova-Institute, press release, 2023-02-13.


BETA Technological Centre - UVic (Central University of Catalonia ES)
Birla Cellulose
CeNTI Centre for Nanotechnologie and Smart Materials (PT)
Gencrest Bioproducts (India)
GIG Karasek GmbH
HeiQ AeoniQ LLC
Kelheim Fibres GmbH
Kemira OYJ
Lenzing Gruppe
nova-Institut GmbH
Renewcell AB
Sparkle Innovations
Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)


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