Crises need clever minds – The winner of the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2020” is a wood fibre-based ready meal tray certified for home composting from Huhtamaki Lurgan (UK/Finland)!

The second place goes to a self-adhesive tape from monta Klebebandwerk (Germany), which consists of 90% renewable raw materials. Third place goes to a functional barrier coating from Fraunhofer ISC (Germany), which is a paper-based and compostable functional barrier coating for food packaging, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.


The world’s largest meeting on industrial hemp and cannabis will take place online this year – 500 participants from 50 countries and all industrial sectors are expected

17th EIHA Hemp Conference, 16–17 June 2020 (Online Event). An all-time record for the hemp conference was set in 2019 in Cologne (Germany) with 415 participants from 49 countries and 34 exhibitors. As in previous years, the audience will vote for the “Hemp Product of the Year”. The event is organised in cooperation with the “European Industrial Hemp Association (www.eiha.org)”.


Only one established event on bio-based economy was neither cancelled nor postponed: The “13th International Conference on Bio-based Materials” will be held ONLINE this year on 12–14 May 2020 – final programme available online

44 speakers from leading companies have confirmed their presentations. Topics of the online conference are circular economy, renewable carbon, chemical recycling and latest investments in biorefineries. Information on technologies, markets and policy will be provided for bio-based building blocks and polymers. One special focus is on lignin utilisation, another on fine chemicals for pharma, cosmetics, body care & specialities.


Innovative and sustainable ideas can’t be stopped by the Corona crisis! The winners of the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2020” are Air Vodka made from CO2, a biological methanation process as grid-scale energy storage solution and a direct air capture solution for CO2

At nova-Institute’s first online conferences on PtX and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU), 50 speakers presented and discussed the future of aviation fuels and carbon dioxide as feedstock!


Aviation fuels, CO2-based fuels and chemicals, PtX and CCU need conferences and meeting places for exchange – especially in times of the corona virus.

Unfortunately, nova won’t be able to hold the major conferences in Cologne next week due to general event bans in Germany: 1st European Summit on CO2-based Aviation Fuels (in cooperation with IASA), 23 March 2020 and the 8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers, 24 – 25 March 2020


Extended deadline to apply for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2020″ – CO2 Value Europe joins as innovation award co-organiser

nova-Institute and the innovation award sponsor Covestro welcome CO2 Value Europe as the co-organiser of the innovation award. The programme promises an outstanding “8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers”. Be part of the innovation from the very start – 200 to 300 participants are expected.


Verlängerte Bewerbungsfrist für den Innovationspreis „Best CO2 Utilisation 2020“ – CO2 Value Europe wird Co-Organisator des Innovationspreises

Das nova-Institut und Covestro als Innovationspreis-Sponsor, freuen sich, CO2 Value Europe als Mitveranstalter des Innovationspreises begrüßen zu können. Das Programm verspricht eine vielversprechende „8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers”. Werden Sie Teil der Innovation und seien Sie ganz vorne mit dabei – es werden 200 bis 300 Teilnehmer erwartet.