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The Future of CO2 Utilisation – Outcomes from the Closing SCOT Project

The Smart CO2 Transformation (SCOT) Project team hosted around 150 delegates from across Europe at their closing Conference “CO2 Utilisation: Catalyst for the European Industrial Renaissance” in Brussels on 29 June to share their vision for CO2 utilisation.


Youssef Travaly (SCOT Project Director) kicked off the Conference with an introduction to the SCOT Vision Document, which paints a positive picture for CO2 utilisation, stating that by 2030 CO2 utilisation technologies will enable you to:

·      Buy a mattress from major European retailers, made with foam that uses recycled CO2.

·      Construct a truly carbon-negative house from mineralised wastes and CO2 capturing 

·      Fill a long distance freight truck with CO2 derived synthetic fuel. 

·      Travel on a plane powered by a percentage of CO2 derived aviation fuel. 

·      Eat foods produced with fertilizers derived from CO2. 

·      Live on an island that has a self-sufficient sustainable agricultural industry powered by 
renewable energy, green urea and synthetic tractor fuels all made from CO2. 


Youssef was followed by a range of interesting presentations and panel discussions from European organisations leading the charge in this area.


This includes, world renowned catalysis expert, Professor Walter Leitner (RWTH Aachen University) who shared some details of current activities in Germany, including: Kopernikus Project which is looking at power-to-chemical pathways utilising CO2; MefCO2 Project focused on the synthesis of methanol from captured carbon CO2 using surplus electricity; and Carbon2Chem which aims to use emissions from steel production as raw material for chemicals.


Professor Colin Hills (University of Greenwich and Founding Director of Carbon8 Systems Ltd) from the UK shared his current perspectives on CO2 transformations. In particular, he highlighted Carbon8’s accelerated carbonation technology, which can treat a variety of industrial wastes, utilising CO2 in the process, to produce materials such as aggregate.


Christian van Olshausen (Sunfire) shared his views on how to overcome the technical hurdles of CO2 utilisation based on his experiences at Sunfire of working with Audi on a project to produce e-diesel.


Benedikt Stefansson (Carbon Recycling International) told us about the business case for their technology for producing renewable methanol from CO2.


Although this event was to close the SCOT Project, the Team are very much focused on the future. They believe we are now at a point where investment in

pilot and demonstrator projects are needed to help bridge the ‘valley of death’ to and accelerate market development. More effective policy support will also be necessary.  These developments will be further explored in the Strategic European Research and Innovation Agenda document – the next phase of the SCOT project.


Professor Walter Leitner (RWTH Aachen University) discussing challenges of moving to CO2 based Fischer-Tropsch


Professor Colin Hills (Carbon 8 Systems Ltd) presenting the various wastes that Carbon8 Systems can treat using their technology.


About the SCOT Project

The SCOT (Smart CO2 Transformation) Project is a collaborative European project (supported by the Seventh Framework programme) in the area of CO2 Utilisation. The main objective of the project is to define a Strategic European Research and Innovation Agenda for Europe in the field of CO2 Utilisation. Project partners include:

·      GreenWin (Wallonia, Belgium)

·      Axelera (Rhône Alpes, France)

·      The University of Sheffield (Yorkshire, UK)

·      DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

·      DECHEMA (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

·      Trinomics (formerly called Triple E Consulting) (Netherlands)

·      Yorkshire Chemical Focus (Yorkshire, UK)

·      Service Public de Wallonie (Wallonia, Belgium)


More information on the SCOT Project:


Are you interested in understanding more about CO2 utilisation technologies?

If so, you will be interested to know that the SCOT Project website includes a new CCU database which provides:

·      Details of all EU and regional funding mechanisms throughout North-West Europe that are aimed at CCU;

·      EU calls that include financing opportunities for CCU projects;

·      Projects on CO2 Utilisation. These can be academic research programmes, testing facilities, pilot or demonstration projects, or commercial projects by companies.


Article written by Dr. Peter Clark (Knowledge Transfer Manger, Chemistry - Raw Materials). Contact:


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