Germany: Climate Change Summit Calls for Increased Use of Sustainable Raw Materials

Editor: Alexander Stark

Participants of a raw material summit held on Tuesday at the Technical University of Berlin and organized in collaboration with Dechema (German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) and the materials manufacturer Covestro called for more joint efforts in the use of sustainable raw materials.

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Panel discussion at the Berlin raw material summit
Panel discussion at the Berlin raw material summit
(Source: Covestro)

Berlin/Germany — Representatives of the political, scientific and business spheres pointed out that there are numerous promising approaches for producing chemical products virtually without petroleum.

In the opinion of the summit participants, Germany must play a leading role in this area. “Above all, it is important to quickly implement good ideas. That’s why the start-up culture has to be encouraged in the chemical industry in particular,” summed up Dechema Managing Director Kurt Wagemann, who held a keynote address and chaired the main panel discussion.

Five start-up companies from the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany presented projects where biomass and CO2 are used instead of petroleum. Three of whom were awarded the title of Resource Innovator 2017 and received prize-money donated by Covestro.

Alongside Professor Wagemann, the panel of five judges comprised Professor Reinhard Schomäcker from the Institute for Chemistry of TU Berlin, Dr. Markus Steilemann, Chief Commercial Officer at Covestro, Professor Robert Schlögl, Director at the Fritz Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society, and Sonja Jost, Managing Director of the chemical company DexLeChem.