Preliminary Programme

nova Session “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2019-2024”

9 March 2020, 10:00 - 16:30 h
Wöllhaf Conference Centre, Terminal 1, Stairway 4, 3rd floor, Airport Cologne/Bonn

Jan Ravenstijn (Jan Ravenstijn Consulting)
Harald Kaeb (narocon Innovation Consulting)
Doris de Guzman (Tecnon OrbiChem)
Michael Carus, Pia Skoczinski, Raj Chinthapalli (nova-Institute)



10:00 Opening
Political framework for bio-based plastics (Europe, World)
(presented and discussion lead by Michael Carus)

Plastic Strategy (REACH microplastics, single-use plastic ban) & Renewable Carbon


Participant contributions & discussion

Bio-based building blocks and polymers – Market overview
(presented and discussion lead by Pia Skoczinski and Raj Chinthapalli)
Global capacities, production and trends 2018, 2019 and forecast for 2024
Highlights, new features and significant changes
Bio-based content within bio-based polymer production
Feedstock requirement for bio-based polymers
Casein polymers
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
Polyurethanes (PUR)

Participant contributions & discussion

11:45-12:45 Lunch
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)
(presented and discussion lead by Jan Ravenstijn)
12:45-13:15 Latest data and development


Participant contributions & discussion

Bio-based naphtha, polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP)
(presented and discussion lead by Michael Carus)

In depth information and latest developments, producers, drivers and lessons learnt

14:00-14:15 Participant contributions & discussion
The Biomass Balance Approach
(presented and discussion lead by Harald Kaeb)
14:15-14:45 Expert view on the Biomass Balance Approach

Participant contributions & discussion

15:00-15:30 Coffee break
Bio-based Building blocks – Then and Now
(hosted by Doris de Guzman via Skype)
15:30-16:00 Latest data and development
16:00-16:15 Participant contributions & discussion
16:15-16:30 Outlook & Wrap-up