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nova Session: “Chemical Recycling – Status, Trends, and Challenges” – Final Programme available! - Bio-based News -

Besides conventional mechanical recycling and in the context of discussions on the improvement of current recycling rates, a wide spectrum of chemical recycling technologies is moving into focus. In the recent years the field of chemical recycling is characterised by dynamic developments and steady growth. In addition to technological developments, it is above all the political framework conditions that play a central role in how quickly chemical recycling will actually be implemented. Only clear, stable, consistent, and favourable framework conditions offer security for investments.

What is the political framework for chemical recycling? Which chemical recycling technologies are suitable for which waste streams and products? Which developments are the most promising? How sustainable are the different technologies? How does the mass Balance Approach fit into the circular economy of plastics?

Join the nova Session, discuss with the experts and get your questions answered.The nova-Institute invites to the nova Session “Chemical Recycling – Status, Trends, and Challenges” on 10 February, 2021 and will take place as online event via zoom. The workshop will focus on the market and trend report “Chemical Recycling – Status, Trends, and Challenges” published in November 2020 (please find the short-version under

The final agenda:
  • Lars Krause, nova-Institut (DE): Overview and classification of available chemical recycling technologies
  • Julia Vogel, Umweltbundesamt (UBA) (DE): Chemical recycling as part of the circular economy?
  • Matti Nieminen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (FI): Thermochemical recycling technologies and their potential role in a circular economy
  • Shanar Tabrizi, Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) (BE): View on chemical recycling and how to legislate
  • Paulo Da Silva Lemos, European Commission (EC): Circular Economy and the role of Chemical Recycling
In a separate discussion round we would like to discuss the following topics with the participants:
  • How can chemical recycling be embedded in a circular economy?
  • How can the different technologies be evaluated?
  • On which standards, if any, can such assessments be carried out?
  • How does a EU strategy develop from this?
The nova Session offers the unique opportunity to exchange information about current technology developments at the highest level. Book your zoom event for 350 EUR (excl. 19% VAT) here.

With the confirmation mail of your registration, you will receive a 15% allowance code for the purchase of the report “Chemical Recycling – Status, Trends, and Challenges” (

Source: nova-Institute, press release, 2021-01-22.

Publication date: 26/01/2021

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