Even with the progress made in decreasing the pollution impact of the industrial sector in Europe, still, great challenges exist in lowering the carbon footprint by progressively substituting the use of fossil fuels. A paradigm shift is needed in the manufacturing of chemical goods and high value added products, where disruptive technologies will play a key role to achieve the climate change targets for 2050. The European Commission is investing in those technologies with the aim to develop negative emission solutions and lower Europe’s / the industry’s carbon footprint.

The coupling of renewable energies with carbon capture and utilisation is one of the envisaged solutions. The research community in Europe is driving this development through a strong collaboration between academia, industry and policy-makers. Solutions for distributed production of chemicals involve direct solar energy conversion technologies, whereas large-scale production requires a more integrated coupling of renewables with catalytic processes.

In this webinar, we will examine which technologies are currently under development in Europe with examples from six recently funded projects.

These projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nos 862453, 861151, 862192, 767798, 862030, 768583. The materials presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the authors(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.

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