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Sustainable development and the CO2 refinery
Professor Michael North, Professor of Green Chemistry
Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, Department of Chemistry, University of York.
Our society currently operates on a linear economy approach developed in the 19th century in which fossil fuels are used once and converted into carbon dioxide waste. This is unsustainable both in terms of feedstock supply and ever rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We are starting to transition to a circular economy model based on sustainable feedstocks and the utilisation of the waste from one process as the feedstock for another. These concepts will be highlighted with an emphasis on the chemicals industry and it will be shown that waste carbon dioxide can itself be a sustainable feedstock for a future chemicals industry through the development of a carbon dioxide refinery.