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

Hear our very own Mark Corbett speak about Scaling up your 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.

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.

Date: 30th April 2024

Time: 9:30am until 4pm

Location: Wilton Centre, RedcarTS10 4RF

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 Close

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