Pathways to a Net Zero Chemical Industry

Time & Location

Wednesday: 14.15 to 14.30, Stage 4


Dr Nicolas NouvelHead of Partnership and Business Development, Aster Fab

About this presentation

The chemical industry will soon be subjected to very stringent regulatory pressure to deliver the Net Zero world we aim to build for future generations. Looking at the fast decline in EU-ETS allowances for the Chemicals and Materials industry combined with penalty fees for the CO2 emitted above the allowance likely to stabilise > 100GBP/tonne, the time is right to build and implement ambitious Net Zero strategies across the industry.

This presentation will cover the key challenges encountered by chemical companies when they develop their Net Zero roadmap and then when they look to implement it. We will describe some best practices and why we have good reason to be optimistic about the financial opportunity created by the switch to a Net Zero world.

Speaker Bio:

Nicolas has a PhD in chemistry from Cambridge University followed by 10 years in senior roles spanning from R&D to Sales in large corporations. He then decided to focus on becoming a force for change in the industry by connecting innovative CleanTech start-ups with corporates actively building their Net Zero strategy first via his own consulting company and now as Head of Partnership and Business Development at Aster Fab who share the same values and vision. He co-founded two start-ups providing decarbonization solutions and remains a strategic advisor and board member to several others.

Engaged across energy, chemistry & materials industries, Nicolas provides leadership for engagements on following topics:

  • From carbon footprint assessment to net zero trajectories involving deep decarbonization pathways
  • Open innovation strategy
  • Structuration and deployment of Open Innovation vehicles (Accelerator, Consortium, CVC, M&A, start-up scouting teams etc.)

Sectorial expertise:

  • Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)
  • Green fuels and waste-to-energy projects
  • Renewable energy generation and energy storage
  • Low carbon chemicals and materials
  • Development of circular economy ecosystems in industry