CarbonNext is a Horizon2020 project funded by the European Commission to investigate the opportunities for alternative carbon feedstocks as we move away from using fossil fuels as the main source. We need to find new sources of carbon for industrial process if we are to create a sustainable chemical process industry in Europe that reduces its carbon dioxide emissions.
CarbonNext’s objective is to evaluate the potential of new carbon sources in Europe. It will primarily focus on new sources of carbon to be used as a feedstock and secondarily the impact this will have on on energy availability, price and emissions. The evaluation will include multiple alternative carbon sources: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other non-conventional fossil sources such as shale gas, tar sands and coal bed methane. CarbonNext will map and evaluate these alternative carbon sources and investigate symbiotic value chains between industrial sectors - where can the emission of one industry become the feedstock of another? Questions will be answered such as; where is the carbon? How much is there and is it clean enough to use? Would the price be affordable and what kinds of technologies are needed to bring it in the value chain? Are the sources connected to established infrastructures? And last but not least, how will the current political framework conditions influence the result of the evaluation?
The CarbonNext project will inform, as a basis for decision-making, Europe’s SME’s, large industry and policymakers with an enhanced understanding of the impact and opportunities for new sources of carbon for the processing industry. CarbonNext will primarily focus on new sources of carbon as a feedstock and secondarily the impact on energy availability, price and emissions.
CarbonNext is coordinated by DECHEMA, the Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnolgy e.V from Germany, with the Dutch consultancy Trinomics and The University of Sheffield from the UK as project partners.