nova Session “Sustainability of first and second generation crops for the chemical and plastics industry – going beyond the food vs. fuel debate”

22 November 2017, 10:00 - 16:30 h, Terminal 1, Airport Cologne/Bonn

Brand new research into the sustainability of different bio-based material feedstocks will be presented and discussed.

Focus of the workshop will be the strengths and weaknesses of food, non-food and biowaste feedstocks for the chemical and plastics industry according to criteria such as GHG footprint, GHG abatement costs, land use efficiency, food security, protein-rich co-products, employment, rural development, livelihood of famers and foresters, LUC / iLUC, logistic, infrastructure, availability, traceability, social impacts, biodiversity and air and soil quality.

Other topics include:

Food or non-food: Which agricultural feedstocks are best for industrial uses?

  • Myths and facts about food and non-food crops for industry
  • A differentiated approach to finding the most suitable biomass for industry
  • Are first generation sugars just as sustainable as second generation?
  • What will happen after the end of the sugar regime in 2017 with volumes and prices of sugar and starch?
  • Will food sugar taxes for reduce the demand from the food sector? Will the chemical industry use this additional sugar?
  • How to shape good communication about the use of food-crops for chemicals and plastics between industry and the public?
  • Telling a feedstock’s story

Biomass supply and demand scenarios until 2050

  • How is biomass supply and demand balanced today?
  • What are the biomass potentials for sugar/starch, oil, proteins and lignocellulose in the world by 2050?
  • Which assumptions are underlying those supply and demand scenarios?
  • Which technology trends will influence the supply situation the most?
  • Using these scenarios for your company, association or NGO

The workshop will tackle the on-going debate between companies, policy makers and NGOs about the use of food crops in the bio-based economy. In recent years, it has been difficult to separate facts from myths and science from ideology. We will discuss all sides of the coin and elaborate the sustainability of food, non-food and waste biomass as well as supply and demand until 2050.

Participants are welcome to submit their specific topics of interest beforehand or put them up for discussion at the session.

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The number of participants is limited.


nova-Institut GmbH, 2017-10-10.


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