About RCI

Our history

The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) was initiated by nova-Institute after observing the struggles of the chemical and materials industry facing the enormous challenges in meeting the climate goals set by the European Union and the sustainability expectations held by societies around the globe. It was clear that the industry has to go beyond using renewable energy. As decarbonisation is not an option for organic chemistry, which is entirely based on the use of carbon, an alternative strategy was needed.
Hence, nova-Institute developed the renewable carbon strategy and set up RCI to bring theory to life.

Founding members are Beiersdorf, Covestro, Henkel, LanzaTech, Lenzing, Neste, nova-Institut, Stahl, SHV Energy, Unilever, UPM and Cosun Beet Company.

Our activities

The aim of the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) is to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials.

Our vision

Fossil carbon shall be completely substituted by renewable carbon, which is carbon from alternative sources: biomass, CO2 and recycling. This is the only way for chemicals and plastics to become sustainable, climate-friendly and part of the circular economy – part of the future!

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