Wednesday, May 19th: Sustainability

[Keynote] The European Green Deal

The European Green Deal for the European Union (EU) and its citizens resets the Commission’s commitment to tackling climate change and environmental-related challenges that is this generation’s defining task. The atmosphere is warming and the climate is changing with each passing year. One million of the eight million species on the planet are at risk of being lost. Forests and oceans are being polluted and destroyed. The European Green Deal is a response to these challenges. It is a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use.

Doris Schröcker European Commission DG Research & Innovation, Directorate Prosperity, Industrial R&I Agendas & Business Intelligence


[Breakout] Bending the Line: Strategies to Take Your Business Model from Linear to Circular

Business model innovation allows a company to gain new competitive advantage by changing how they engage with customers or partners. Many multinational companies already have begun to move to circular business models in the name of sustainability, and this session will examine some of the most successful strategies for doing so. This breakout session or interactive roundtable will teach participants the basics of business model innovation and apply those concepts to an example case study to allow participants to engage with the techniques right away.

Kerry Slade,                      Temple University
[Breakout] The Role of Hydrogen in the Energy Transition

Hydrogen is a key element of the energy transition with considerable growth potential. Air Liquide, co-founder of The Hydrogen Council, will play a major role in the advent of a Hydrogen society through its assets, technologies, and expertise.

Speaker: Olivier Letessier (VP Research & Development, AirLiquide)

[Breakout] Direct Air Capture of co2 and its Role in Mitigating Global Warming

In recent years, Direct Air Capture (DAC) has established itself as a promising approach to atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR), also referred to as Negative Emissions. However, due to the huge amounts of excess CO2 in the atmosphere, CDR technologies will have to reach gigaton scale around the middle of the century to become climate relevant. This session will give a brief insight into DAC and, in particular, the modular low temperature technology developed by Climeworks. Potential co-benefits in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations will also be discussed. The talk concludes with suggestions for policy approaches needed to ensure climate-relevant scale is reached in time.

Carlos Härtel                      Chief Technology Officer, Climeworks


[Breakout] Industrial Material Recycling

In order to achieve a carbon-neutral economy, the ultimate goal will be clean cities with zero local emission and zero-waste streams. Umicore strives to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world and dedicate their research and development to clean air through clean mobility materials and resource scarcity through recycling technologies. They also prioritize their programs to support their strategy ambitions and focus on the development of closed-loop materials solutions.

Speaker: Yves Van Rompaey (Senior Vice President Corporate Research & Development, Umicore)

[fireside chat] U.s. sustainability goals and the road ahead

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Chan (Chief Commercialization Officer, Office of Tech Transitions, Department of Energy)

[tim talk] AI based Retrosynthetic analysis for Green and Sustainable Chemistry – Presented by Elsevier

Elsevier is using AI technologies to enable our mission in delivering analytics to support researchers and healthcare professional’s advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. The foundation of this work is the Entellect data integration platform that enables insights from data to drive effective innovation. The platform adheres to FAIR Principles, and facilitates access to clean, reusable data and metadata, enabling R&D scientists to optimize decision making. It enables better data governance and helps drive accurate AI/ML based discovery. A recent example of this work is the collaboration with the Pistoia Alliance and Mission Cure which used Elsevier data and 3rd party data to predict drug repurposing candidates for a rare disease. We are now investigating how AI based Retrosynthetic analysis can be utilized for Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Jabe Wilson                        Global Commercial Director, Data & Analytics for Corporate R&D Markets, Elsevier

[Keynote] designing for sustainable tech and innovation

Speaker: John Warner (President & CTO, Warner-Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry)

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