Circular Chemistry Conference

On Pyrolysis, Bio-based Gasification and Chemical Recyling

There are several renewable alternative processes to fossil chemistry to create new plastics. This international conference is all about turning waste plastic via pyrolysis or chemical recycling into new plastics replacing plastics made from new linear fossil feedstocks and about turning waste materials into new polymers using gasification.

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These processes require that current recycling value chains change to a new sustainable ecosystem. As a result the creation of innovative new ecosystems will be a challenge with so many new and existing stakeholders.

The new ecosystems contain the following steps in the materials cycle:

  • End of life Plastic Waste Stream Collection / Bio based materials collection
  • Cleaning, Sorting and Separation
  • Recycling
    • Chemical recycling
    • Thermal and Thermochemical recycling / Pyrolysis
    • Gasification
  • Processing of recycled materials (plastics and chemicals)
  • Production of recycled plastic materials
  • Reuse of the newly created plastics in applications
  • End of life plastic waste stream collection

Besides the development of a new ecosystem, additional topics are related and relevant for the success of this new ecosystem:

  • Can chemical recycling / Gasification become economically viable?
  • How can chemical recycling become cost-competitive against virgin plastic?
  • What is the leading demand for the chemical recycling outputs of the different recycling processes?
  • What are the real environmental and health impacts of the different recycling processes when operating at scale?
  • How do the Life Cycle Assessments of the different recycle technologies compare?
  • What incentives are needed to enhance chemical recycling?
  • What key parameters determine the choice for chemical versus mechanical recycling?
  • What key parameters determine the choice for Gasification?
  • Can these types of recycling become complementary to the other waste management processes. What needs to happen to make this possible?

During the conference the (inter)national speakers will present the current status and (nearby) future of the above mentioned steps/issues. Besides the conference, partners will demo their solutions at the exhibit.

Who should attend:

  • R&D and management of
    • Biomass industry
    • Producers of plastics
    • Producers of chemical raw materials
    • Converters
    • Brand-owners
    • Retailers
    • Actors in plastic waste management including waste collectors, suppliers of sorted plastic waste, plastic recyclers, users of recycled plastics
  • Governmental bodies
  • Regulatory institutions
  • Investors
  • Start-Ups

Program

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Venue


Find out more about Brightlands Chemelot Campus.

Location

The location of the conference is:
Brightlands Chemelot Campus
Center Court
Chemelot Gate 2, Urmonderbaan 22
6167 RD Sittard-Geleen
The Netherlands
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Transportation

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Arriving by car?On the A2 motorway, take exit 48, signposted to Urmond/Stein/Sittard. From Maastricht turn right at the end of the exit onto the N294 towards Geleen/Sittard. Take the first exit right and follow the signs to Gate 2. From Eindhoven turn left at the end of the exit onto the N294 towards Geleen/Sittard. Take the first exit right and follow the signs to Gate 2.
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Arriving by train?The closest train station is Sittard. From there you have to take the bus.
Check the national train connections here.
If you want to book an international train ticket, click here for your ticket.


Arriving by bus?There is a bus stop near Brightlands Chemelot Campus (stop Chemelot Campus, Urmond).
Click here for the Veolia bus service.
Arriving by airplane?The region has many international airports:
Eindhoven Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Düsseldorf Airport
Brussels Airport
Maastricht Aachen Airport
Brussels South Charleroi Airport

Arriving by Taxi?There are several Taxi providers:
Taxi Sittard
Sittard Geleen Taxiservice


Accommodation

Hotels, B&Bs near the venue are manyfold, see the link


Partners

Strategic Partner

Brightlands Chemelot Campus
Brightlands Chemelot Campus is a world-leading innovation location in smart materials and sustainable manufacturing and home to a vibrant and fast-growing open community of groundbreaking companies and knowledge institutes. With its location, ecosystem and easily available expertise and knowledge, Brightlands Chemelot Campus is a unique location for innovative start-ups and corporations, forward-thinking knowledge institutes, daring entrepreneurs, brilliant researchers, talented students and visionary investors.

Previous Editions

2022

Carlos Monreal, Chairman, Chemical Recycling Europe Association (CRE), on 'Chemical Recycling Europe and the European Plastic Waste Landscape'
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Rajesh Mehta, Senior Consultant, TNO, on 'Circular Plastics – Options, Threats and Opportunities for the European Petrochemicals and Plastics Industry'
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Jan-Willem Muller, Managing Partner, Infinity Recycling, on 'Where is the cash?
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Rinke Altink, Program Manager, Brightsite, on 'Brightsite and Renewable Feedstocks for Chemelot and Chemical industry'
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Tom Housmans, Senior Manager Global Chemical Recycling, Sabic, on 'Towards a Circular Economy'
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Simon Hansford, CEO, Itero, on 'R&D as a core pillar for driving commercial success in chemical recycling'
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Jocelyn Doucet, CEO, Pyrowave, Canada, on 'Recycling of plastics using microwave technology'
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Arie van Vliet, Projectmanager, Xycle, on 'Xycle – The missing piece of the puzzle in solving the plastic waste problem'
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Duopresentation:
Antje Lieske, Head of Department "Polymer Synthesis", Fraunhofer IAP, on 'Feedstock recycling of PLA – a biobased polymer goes circular'
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Duopresentation:
Daniel Maga | Group Manager; Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer Umsicht, on 'Feedstock recycling of PLA – a biobased polymer goes circular'
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Anil Jhawar, VP Technology & Process Development, Aduro Clean Technologies Inc., Canada, on 'Hydrochemolytic Upcycling of Polyethylene: An Efficient, Lower-Energy Technology to Produce Paraffins in High Yield and Purity'
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Steven Peleman, CEO, Triple Helix Molecules as a Service, on 'Molecules as a Service – From Linear to Circular'
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2020

Bert Kip, CEO, Brightlands Chemelot Campus
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Sanjeev Das, Global Packaging Director, Unilever, on 'User Industry Perspective : Waste 2 Value via Chemical recycling'
Christine Leveque, Director Business Innovation, Suez, on "Designing plastics packaging for chemical recycling"
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Carlos Monreal, President & CEO, Plastic Energy Ltd, on "Chemical Recycling for the Circular Economy: Transforming Plastic Waste into Virgin-Quality Plastics"
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Dimitri Daniels, Leader Circular Economy Europe, SABIC, on "TRUCIRCLETM initiative: SABIC’s journey towards a circular economy"
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Jeroen Kelder, Partner, Infinity Recycling
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Adrian Griffiths, CEO, Recycling Technologies Ltd, on "Creating feedstocks from plastic waste for a sustainable circular economy future"
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Berend Vreugdenhil, Senior Scientist, TNO, on "Thermo chemical recycling of plastic waste"
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Silvio Ghyoot, CEO, Black Bear Carbon, on "Upcycling End-of-life tires to polymer feedstock and recovered carbon black"
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Alexander Hofmann, Group Manager recycling technologies,Fraunhofer UMSICHT, on "Chemical Recycling of Plastic Waste – Pyrolysis and downstream processing of pyrolysis oils"
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Hagen Hanel, Head of Plastics Recycling Innovation Center, APK AG, on "Newcycling ® solvent based recycling for polyolefins"
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Karl Vrancken, Research Manager Sustainable Materials, VITO / Professor, University of Antwerp, on "Operationalisation of new plastic value chains for a circular economy"
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Maurizio Crippa, CEO, gr3n SAGL, on "Circularity PET/Polyester evolution or revolution?"
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Josse Kunst, Founder / Owner, Kiduara, on "Challenges and opportunities in molecular recycling of reversible polymers"
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