Bio-based chemicals are an exciting and growing sector with the potential to deliver relatively higher margins and more innovative properties compared to fuels. This stream will look at how to bring a bio-based chemicals business to commercial success, from obtaining investments and partnerships, reducing costs and delivering more innovative performance characteristics, to scaling up the business and commercialising value-added materials.
Bio-fuels producers have faced numerous challenges in recent years, from the low price of oil to the advance of electric vehicles and growing public and regulatory pressure towards more sustainable business practices. Yet there are opportunities on the horizon from second and third generation feedstocks and new markets in long distance transportation. This stream will tackle these challenges head on, and look at how bio-fuels producers and end users can make the most of the opportunities available.
Sustainable products are the end goal of the bio-economy. Bio-based materials are not only greener but have the potential to be cheaper or deliver new or enhanced performance characteristics. This stream will provide a forum for brands, retailers, manufacturers and end users to discuss the challenges of designing, manufacturing and marketing products using bio-based materials, sourced sustainably.