Achieving Sustainability Across the Manufacturing Process

With limited resources and a growing population, the world’s attention continues to focus more and more on sustainability. Industries look to develop new sustainable alternatives and improve efficiencies. One innovative approach to identify and develop new solutions is Imagine Chemistry, a program launched by AkzoNobel and KPMG to invite startups and academics to find solutions to some of the most urgent challenges facing the chemicals industry today.

Over the past two years, Imagine Chemistry has received over 350 idea submissions that address challenges in a variety of areas including: bio-based and biodegradable surfactants and thickeners; bio-based sources of Ethylene; cellulose-based alternatives to synthetics; intelligent chemical plants; wastewater-free chemical sites; revolutionizing chlorate production; and zero footprint surfactant platforms. Many ideas have also focused on sustainability topics including: sustainable small particle technologies; sustainable powder technologies; and sustainable alternatives to current technologies.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn more about the Imagine Chemistry program and the creative sustainable solutions developed through the program during the Value Added Products Part 2 session at TAPPI’s 2018 International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference (IBBC) held on October 28-31 in Portland, Oregon. 

Additional discussions held during the Value Added Products (Parts 1 and 2) sessions include: 

•    Turning Bio-Sludge into Bio-Carbon Through Zero-Energy Hydrothermal Carbonization
•    Alternative Pulping Process for Paper and High Value-Added Biochemical Production
•    Mechanical Pulp with Added Value Products and Lower COD
•    Electrochemical Salt Split for Mill Sodium Sulfur Balance Control
•    Imagine Chemistry – An Open Innovation Approach to Sustainability Across the Manufacturing Process
•    Production of Sulfuric Acid from the Incineration of Pulp Mill Non-Condensable Gases – A Biorefinery Concept

IBBC offers attendees a peer-reviewed technical program addressing critical topics relating to biorefinery infrastructure, torrefaction and densification, lignin, value added products, nanotechnology, and nonwoods. IBBC also offers a Rapid Fire Showcase where students defend their poster presentations as well as Hot Topics breakfasts where attendees discuss industry issues with their peers.

IBBC will once again be co-located with TAPPI’s Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling and Sustainability (PEERS) Conference. Attendees can attend both conferences for the price of one and mills can take advantage of the Mill-Only Discount Program. Register today! Early bird discount ends October 3, 2018.

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