Press Releases

Find here all press releases of the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) accompanied by related materials free for press purposes.
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How to Enable the Transition From Fossil to Renewable Carbon in the Chemical and Material Sector

In a comprehensive member survey, the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) collected ideas and opinions on what is needed to enable the transition from fossil to renewable carbon in Europe. The feedback paints a clear picture and is a call to action. 

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Products made from crude oil have a significantly higher CO2 footprint than previously assumed

New data sets have substantial implications for the comparison of renewable carbon-based and fossil crude oil-based plastics

For years, the life cycle assessment community has been discussing how to make a fair comparison between...  Read more


Non-level playing field for renewable materials vs. fossil in Life Cycles Assessments

Critical aspects of the JRC Plastics LCA methodology and its policy implications

In the race towards the European Commission's net-zero targets, the shift from fossil-based to renewable materials is a critical journey for environmental sustainability. Available renewable carbon sources in this t...  Read more


Renewable Carbon-based Materials Show Significant Lower CO2 Footprint Than Fossil Counterparts

The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) published their latest report “Case Studies Based on Peer-reviewed Life Cycle Assessments – Carbon Footprints of Different Renewable Carbon-based Chemicals and Materials”. The brochure-style report was put together by sustainability experts from nova-I...  Read more


What does carbon management really mean and involve?

New thinking and terminology is needed to meet climate goals and secure sustainable carbon supply

The focus of climate policy has been, and to a large extent still is, the decarbonisation of the energy sector, where significant progress has been made in the use of alternative energy sou...  Read more


Renewable Carbon Initiative Highlights Successful Annual General Meeting and Key Publication Update

The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), a global network comprising more than 60 prominent companies from the chemical and materials sectors, convened for its annual General Meeting in Cologne from September 25th to 26th. This two-day event brought together over 50 representatives from various me...  Read more


No Sustainable Future Without Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) – Why We Need Much More Political Recognition and Support for CCU

CCU enables the substitution of fossil carbon in sectors where carbon is necessary, supports the full defossilisation of the chemical and derived material industries, creates a circular economy, reduces the emission gap, promotes sustainable carbon cycles, fosters in...  Read more


The Use of Food and Feed Crops for Bio-based Materials and the Related Effects on Food Security – Promoting Evidence-based Debates and Recognising Potential Benefits

Renewable Carbon Initiative Publishes New Insights into a Hotly Debated Topic and Urges for Careful and Evidence-based Debates

In 2023, the world faces a global hunger crisis. According to the World Food Programme “a record 349...  Read more


Bio-based content, compostable plastics, and chemical recycling – many opportunities for more innovation and sustainability in the new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR)

The Renewable Carbon Initiative’s position paper highlights chances for the EU to lead the way to a sustainable packaging industry and to promote innovation 

In November 2022, the Commission adopted the Proposal for a Regulati...  Read more


RCI Carbon Flows Report: Compilation of supply and demand of fossil and renewable carbon on a global and European level

The new report provides a comprehensive understanding of today's carbon flows and what it means to replace fossil carbon with renewable carbon in the materials and chemicals sectors

In the last five years, the mindset around carb...  Read more


Industry calls for action on Sustainable Carbon Cycles

The Renewable Carbon Initiative strongly welcomes the European Commission’s Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles and calls for implementation of important measures

Disclaimer: RCI members are a diverse group of companies addressing the challenges of the transition to renewable carbon wit...  Read more


Renewable Carbon Initiative Steps up Policy Activities to Push for More Sustainable Carbon Use in the EU

The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) welcomes several policy dossiers that promote more sustainable carbon use and provides recommendations for improvements

Under the Green Deal, the European Union is currently developing and revising a wide range of policies aiming at climate neutrali...  Read more


CO2 Reduction Potential of the Chemical Industry through Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU)

Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), CO2 Value Europe (CVE) and nova-Institute publish a study showing the CO2 reduction potential of the chemical industry through CCU

Today, the production of chemicals and derived materials heavily relies on the use of fossil carbon. Industrial processes need hyd...  Read more


Renewable Carbon as a Guiding Principle for Sustainable Carbon Cycles

Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) publishes a fundamental strategy paper on the defossilisation of the chemical and material industry with eleven policy recommendations

The Renewable Carbon Initiative ( is an interest group of more than 30 well-known ...  Read more


Political Tailwind for Alternative Carbon Sources

More than 30 leading pioneers of the chemical and material sector welcome the latest political papers from Brussels, Berlin and Düsseldorf

The political situation for renewable carbon from biomass, CO2 and recycling for the defossilisation of the chemical and materials industry has beg...  Read more


The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) celebrates its first anniversary

Looking back at a successful first year with a tripled membership count and presenting clear goals and ambitions for the second year

After its launch on 20 September 2020, the RCI ( is proud to celebrate its first anniversary this fall. The balance sh...  Read more


RCI members advocate policy analysis and focused implementation of the renewable carbon strategy

The Renewable Carbon Initiative is joining forces to pave the way for the transformation from fossil to renewable materials! 

The members of the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) (, founded in September 2020, have joined forces to shape the transition from th...  Read more


Reusable – yes, absolutely!

If there is a system change, then do it properly: without crude oil. New reusable systems only with raw materials from biomass, CO2 and recycling!

The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) supports the ban on single-use plastics for a range of applications such as cutlery, plates or straws, but also...  Read more


Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) publishes comic strip and videos to introduce renewable carbon to all

Nora and her FlyPhone, BioBTX, Stahl and nova-Institute explain the renewable carbon concept in new formats for B2C and B2B

Launched in September 2020, the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) is firing up a flurry of activities, all with two goals: Firstly, to raise awareness of the renew...  Read more


Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) draws worldwide attention

From international brands to leading chemical and bioeconomy companies to innovative start-ups for CO2 utilisation, companies are collaborating to guide a smart transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon

For the first time since the industrial revolution, technology allows us to ...  Read more


Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) supports the European Green Deal, but calls for an extension to the material sector through a comprehensive renewable carbon strategy

The current political focus on renewable energy is not sufficient to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050. Fossil carbon use in materials needs to be addressed, too, as the carbon contained in the molecules of chemicals and materials is prone to end up in the atmosphere sooner or later. Only a full...  Read more


World market leaders take climate protection seriously: New initiative to replace fossil with renewable carbon wants to change the foundation of the chemical industry

Eleven leading companies from six countries founded the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) in September 2020 under the leadership of nova-Institute (Germany). The aim of the initiative is to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and ma...  Read more

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