News from CCU – From Carbon Capture and Green Hydrogen production to CO₂ Utilisation for Chemicals, Advanced Fuels, Polymers, Proteins and Minerals and its related Political Framework

Next nova Session on 5 December 2023

Carbon Capture & Utilisation is one essential pillar for the supply of renewable carbon besides biomass and recycling and therefore one of the key technologies for the transition to sustainable chemical and fuel production and to substitute fossil feedstock sources, to fight climate change and to shift towards climate-friendly production and consumption. For providing the full benefits of CCU technologies the use of renewable energy and hydrogen is indispensable and a crucial for the production of CO2-based transportation and aviation fuels, bulk and fine chemicals.

Hosts: Michael Carus, Achim Raschka, Pauline Ruiz, Nicolas Hark and Pia Skoczinski (nova-Institute)

Guests: Laura Martí Montaner (AIMPLAS), Célia Sapart (CO₂ Value Europe), Volker Sick (Global CO₂ Initiative)

The session will focus on developments in carbon capture, green hydrogen production, technologies and trends for CO₂-based chemicals, building blocks and polymers, fuels, proteins and minerals as well as the latest policy developments for CCU.

The use of CO2 as chemical feedstock for chemicals and polymers has been intensively diversified. Several successfully implemented technologies used at commercial level are in place and many more at the laboratory and pilot phase. Besides the long-established use of CO2 for the synthesis of polycarbonates, also polyurethanes are based on it. The most notable biotechnological conversion pathway of a syngas produces ethanol at commercial scale. Additionally, high interest is also observed in CO2-based methanol and in CO2-based hydrocarbons, which can be used for fuel, chemical and polymers applications. A current total production capacity of these CO2-based products of ca. 1.3 Mt/a in 2022 is observed and a strong increase in capacity is expected by 2027.

The utilisation of CO2 as a feedstock for materials and chemicals has not gained significant traction in policy yet. However, there are some recent developments that look promising for CCU technologies, especially in energetic applications. What specific support is already there and what can be expected in future EU policy for CCU applications will be explored in this session.

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Topics include

  • Carbon Capture – Methods and Technologies
  • Green Hydrogen Production
  • Technology and Trends Overview of CO₂-based Chemicals and Polymers, Fuels, Proteins and Minerals
  • Policy Landscape of Carbon Capture & Utilisation


nova-Institute, press release, 2023-11-02.


AIMPLAS (Asociación de Investigación de Materiales Plásticos y Conexas)
CO2 Value Europe
nova-Institut GmbH
The Global CO2 Initiative


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