"Evolution of the Chemicals Industry" Part 1 of 2-day mini-confernces programme - Hosted Innovate UK and BBSRC.

Time & Location

Wednesday 13.00 to 14.30, Stage 4


Steve GarbuttProject Director, Mura Technology

About this Session

The session explores how the chemical sector can move away from virgin fossil carbon as feedstock, addressing which are the alternative feedstocks and how can we use them. You will hear short presentations from our speakers, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Session Chairs

  • Dana Heldt, Knowledge Transfer Manager for Synthetic Biology, Innovate UK Business Connect
  • Sarah Hickingbottom


  • Reducing the reliance of the chemicals industry on fossil feedstocks
    Adrian Higson, Managing Director, Lead Consultant Biobased Products, NNFCC The Bioeconomy Consultants and Jen Vanderhoven, FREY Consulting
  • Circularity and Decarbonisation of the Plastics Value Chain
    Steve Garbutt, Project Director, Mura Technology
  • How to Make Chemicals – and Profit – from CO2
    Nick Smith, Commercial Director, ViridiCO2 Ltd.
  • Biomass feedstocks for sustainable fuels production
    Robert Hardy, Business Development Manager, Gidara Energy

Speaker Bio:

Steve Garbutt, Project Director, Mura Technology

Steve has over 25 years of extensive international experience, working across the water, power, nuclear and chemical sectors. A Chartered Chemical Engineer, Steve has held management positions in process engineering, commissioning and project management. As Project Director for Mura Technology, Steve is currently focused on commissioning and operation of Mura’s first HydroPRS™ site in Teesside, Northeast England.