Wageningen Dialogue

Stakeholder Dialogue Renewable Chemicals

A future circular economy requires society to have access to biobased (or CO2 based) bulk and specialty chemicals for the manufacture of many products that are currently based on fossil feedstock. The challenge will be to produce a staggering amount of more than 700 million tonnes of carbon-based chemicals and materials per year in a sustainable way. This clearly requires intensive cooperation between biomass suppliers like the agrifood or forestry industry, processors of municipal waste and the chemical industry.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Thu 21 January 2021 15:00

A very important factor in the development of sustainable chemicals is to what extent we can rely on recycling and to what extent we will need biobased or CO2 based chemicals. When developing biobased chemicals, should we develop known “drop-in” chemicals or new chemicals with new functionalities? Drop-in chemicals are usually a better match with the current assets of the chemical industry, but new chemicals can provide a better fit with overall “green chemistry” and circularity criteria.

As a renowned research institute with a track record of more than 25 years in the development of biobased chemicals and materials, we observe that different key players in biobased chemicals have a different vison on what route should be taken. We therefore aim to bring these stakeholders together to develop a common view on how to achieve the necessary transition together.


We would like to invite you to participate in an online interactive dialogue on 21 January 2021 15:00 hrs. We will start the session with four inspiring speeches on envisioned sustainable futures by Cosun, Beet Company, Covestro, DSM, Unilever and WFBR. Following this, we invite you to enter into a true dialogue to envision our future together.

Do you have any additional thoughts or ideas or do you know of other guests we should invite for this dialogue? Please let us know. We look forward to your participation.


15:00 Opening: Jacco van Haveren
15:15 Pitches: Envisioned futures for Renewable Chemicals from different perspectives
15:45 Envision the future together: Identifying the benefits and trade-offs
Concrete steps for the future: Identifying pathways for change
17:15 Closure