Sugar for the chemical industry – opportunity or danger?
nova Session “Biomass for industry: Supply, acceptance and the food vs. fuels debate”

23 March 2017, 10:00 - 16:30 h
Terminal 1, Airport Cologne/Bonn


After the elimination of the sugar quota in September 2017, Europe will produce even more sugar than it consumes. Parallel more and more countries will introduce sugar taxes for food. Sinking profit margins and tougher competition are expected. The introduction of isoglucose from corn starch, wheat starch and others to the market is another concern upsetting the market.

Will the chemical industry profit from the additional sugar on the market? And how to deal with acceptance issues around using food crops for anything other than food purposes?

The nova Session “Biomass for industry: Supply, acceptance and the food vs. fuels debate” will discuss these topics and more:

Food or non-food: Which agricultural feedstocks are best for industrial uses?

  • Myths and facts about food and non-food crops for industry
  • A differentiated approach to finding the most suitable biomass for industry
  • What will happen after the end of the sugar regime in 2017?
  • Will food sugar taxes for reduce the demand from the food sector? Will the chemical industry use this additional sugar?
  • How to shape good communication about the use of food-crops for chemicals and plastics between industry and the public?
  • Telling a feedstock’s story


Biomass supply and demand scenarios until 2050

  •  How is biomass supply and demand balanced today?
  •  What are the biomass potentials for sugar/starch, oil, proteins and lignocellulose in the world by 2050?
  •  Which assumptions are underlying those supply and demand scenarios?
  •  Which technology trends will influence the supply situation the most?
  •  Using these scenarios for your company, association or NGO