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Event: Pioneer Presents: Planetary Health – Green Carbon for the UK Chemicals Sector

Updated: Mar 20

Hear the BDC's Mark Corbett talk about Scaling up biobased processes.



Join us for this exciting Pioneer Presents event to hear from experts across the UK Chemicals sector and their endeavours to become more sustainable, through the development and deployment of renewable carbon feedstocks.


Date: 30th April

Time: 9:30am until 4pm

Venue: Wilton Centre, Redcar, TS10 4RF


We live in a world driven by linear economies, where we take resources, make things, consume them, and throw them away. This way of living uses finite raw materials and produces vast waste. In contrast, in a circular carbon economy, things made from carbon, such as chemicals and plastics, are created and consumed in a way that minimises our use of virgin-fossil resources, cuts waste and reduces carbon emissions. We must accelerate our transition to a truly circular carbon economy.


The chemicals and plastics sector are responsible for nearly 10% of global GHG emissions, with the use of fossil carbon from below ground, being the main cause of anthropogenic climate change. Reductions in the inflow of further fossil carbon from the ground into our system must be reduced as quickly as possible and by high volumes. While the UK rightly emphasises reuse and avoidance, the chemical and material industries are essentially only possible with carbon-based feedstocks – and unlike the energy sector, the chemicals sector cannot be “decarbonised”. Instead, this industry must be de-fossilised.


Draft Agenda

Time

Item

Presenter

09:30

Coffee and Registration


10:00

Welcome and introduction to Pioneer Group

Pioneer Group

10:15

Overview of Planetary Health

Jen Vanderhoven

10:30

Plenary: Alternative feedstocks for the UK chemicals and materials industry

Adrian Higson, NNFCC

Session One: Chemical Recycling


11:00

Polymer recycling technology for the textiles industry

TBC

11:20

Pyrolysis and  circularity of film plastics

TBC

11:30

Bringing An End To Single Use Plastic

TBC

11:40

Diverting plastic waste away from incineration

Abi Mountain, Itero

11:55

Engineering Biology for reducing plastic pollution

Professor Pickford, University of Portsmouth

Session Two: Carbon Capture and Utilisation


12:30

Recycling carbon with biomanufacturing

Anne Delille, Lanzatech

12:45

Chem2Flue Project

David Bott, SCI

13:00

The role of CCU for the NE Process Cluster

Ryan Siddall, Technical Manager, NEPIC

13:15

Industrial gases for chemicals

TBC

13:30

Converting waste derived GHG into chemicals, fuels and animal feed

TBC

13:45

Lunch and Networking

Session Three: Biomass for Biochemicals and Bioenergy


14:30

A hierarchy for biomass utilisation

Anna Zhenova, Green Rose Chemistry

15:00

Biorefineries as a hub for a de-fossilized chemical industry

Chris Holt, Ensus

15:15

Producing Carbon-Neutral, Renewable Chemicals From UK-Sourced Biomass

Andy West, Sonichem

15:30

Net zero acrylics

Mark Reynolds, Mitsubishi Chemicals

15:45

Scaling up your bio-based process

Mark Corbett, Biorenewables Development Centre

16:00

Coffee and Networking


16:30

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