Integrating CO2 in the Value Chain: The Role of Chemistry

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Integrating CO2 in the Value Chain: the Role of Chemistry

This workshop, which took place on the 3 March 2015 at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, explored the ecological and economic possibilities of integrating CO2 in the value chain.

Chaired by MEP Julie Girling and opened by Mindaugas Maciulevičius, from the European Economic and Social Committee, it counted with a presentation from EuChemS President, Prof. David Cole Hamilton.

This event was an opportunity for participants to learn from the ESCA winners of 2014, Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Klankermayer, who not only provided evidence on the rich possibilities of CO2 conversion but also transmitted a clear message on sustainability: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” In addition the European Commission´s activities on these topics was delivered by José Lorenzo Valles from DG R&I.

The Workshop was co-organised with the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development and brought together European policy-makers, the chemical sector, the academic world and civil society in order to discuss the opportunities of turning waste into fuels, basic chemicals, polymers, and even fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals.