Technological watch

A Broad Range of Advanced Recycling Technologies Keeps Carbon in the Loop 

Following its successful premiere in 2022, the Advanced Recycling Conference 2023 ( will present the broad range of advanced recycling solutions from extrusion, dissolution, solvolysis, enzymolysis, pyrolysis, thermal depolymerisation, gasification, to pre- and post-treatment, upgrading, and reactive extrusion, but will also address related topics like policy, LCA, and mass balance approach in recycling.

With currently approximate 88 % of embedded carbon coming from fossil feedstocks, including oil, natural gas and coal, it becomes evidently clear that the estimated future demand of 1.15 Gt of carbon per year by 2050 must be met exclusively by the three available renewable carbon sources: biomass, the direct use of CO2 and recycling. While biomass solutions frequently face the food vs. feed debate, Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) efforts are not receiving the required policy support to develop at a rapid pace. Here, advanced recycling solution can contribute significantly to keep and reuse embedded carbon in the technosphere.

From plastics to textiles and LCAs of recycling feedstock – A fully rounded program of innovative recycling solutionsAt the same time, with a variety of legislative initiatives under the Green Deal, the EU is working on setting high mandatory recycled content quotas for many products – from packaging over textiles to cars and others. Recently leaked ambitions on mandatory recycled content for packaging aim at a ten-fold increase in the use of recycled material in this sector by 2040. In order to keep up with these requirements and still provide economically feasible high-quality materials and products, companies must stay up to day with regard to innovative advanced recycling solutions. The international program of this year’s Advanced Recycling Conference presents technologies capable to address waste streams that are difficult to recycle including mixed plastics packaging and textiles aside others, with international contributions from industry, policy and academia addressing various recycling hot topics. 

Find the full program at

ARC 2023 is accompanied by a trade exhibition that guarantees enterprises top visibility among a target audience. To secure one of the top spots in out exhibition space, please visit

To support the event as a sponsor and discover the different options of our sponsoring and service packages, please visit

SponsorsThe nova-Institute would like to thank the Erema Group for supporting the conference.

PartnersThe Advanced Recycling Conference is supported by industry and trade associations, non- profit organisations, research institutions and interest groups that are thematically linked to the conference: BCNP Consultants (DE), C.A.R.M.E.N. (DE), Chemical Recycling Europe (EU), CLIB (DE), IBB Netzwerk (DE), ITA – International Centre for Sustainable Textiles (DE), kunststoffland.NRW (DE), Plastics Europe (DE), Renewable Carbon Initiative (International).

About nova-Institutenova-Institut GmbH has been working in the field of sustainability since the mid-1990s and today focuses primarily on the areas of circular economy, bioeconomy and CO2 utilisation. The independent company supports the chemical and plastics industries in the transition from fossil to renewable carbon – based on biomass, CO2 utilisation or recycling – through research and science-based consulting. Both in accompanying research for innovation projects and in individual business consulting, nova’s interdisciplinary team covers the entire value chain. It works on all topics from raw materials, technology scouting and market research to economics, policy, life cycle assessments and sustainability, as well as support in communication and strategy development. 50 experts from different fields work together to defossilise the industry and create a climate-neutral future.

Publication date: 21/09/2023

Author: Marion Kupfer

Bio-based News

This project has been co-funded with the support of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union [LIFE17 ENV/ES/000438] Life programme

The website reflects only the author's view. The Commission is not responsible for any use thay may be made of the information it contains.
Last update: 2022-01-31