Finding the Next Generation of Carbon

It has been widely publicised that sustainability and reducing emissions are key targets for industry in Europe. One alternative approach to this goal is finding new carbon feedstocks and this is precisely the aim of the new €0.5m EU project, ‘CarbonNext’, which will run for the next two years.

Industries involved in processing raw materials (process industries) are heavily dependent on fossil inputs, both as carbon feedstocks and for energy use, resulting in import dependency and CO2 emissions. To be prepared for a future with significantly reduced fossil resources, and to achieve Europe’s emission mitigation goals, the process industry and the European Commission (EU) are looking for alternative sources of carbon to replace traditional fossil sources. The aim is to achieve a more sustainable, greener process industry.

CarbonNext has been funded under the European Commission Horizon2020 programme to investigate the opportunities for alternative carbon feedstocks. CarbonNext is coordinated by DECHEMA, the Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnolgy e.V from Germany, with the Dutch consultancy Trinomics and The University of Sheffield from the UK as project partners.

The project team brings together leading experts in the field of carbon capture and utilisation to assess and analyse the potential of alternative carbon, building on the project team’s achievements in the FP7 project SCOT (Smart CO2 Transformation), the BMBF funded coordination project CO2Net, the CO2Chem network and many climate and energy related projects across Europe.

Photo credit: http://www.colourbox.com. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from idw –  Informationsdienst Wissenschaft.

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