nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH

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Company details
Name: nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH
Country: Germany
City: Hürth
Founded: 1994
Employees: 40

The nova-Institut GmbH is a private and independent research institute which was founded in 1994. nova has a multidisciplinary and international team of more than 40 scientists. The company offers science-based research and consultancy with a focus on the transition of the chemical and material industry to renewable carbon. One of the main topics are therefore the possibilities to substitute fossil carbon with biomass, direct CO2 utilisation and recycling. nova offers a unique understanding to support the transition of your business into a climate-neutral future.


The nova-institute is divided into four departments providing different services which are:

  • Communication
    • Comprehensive Communication & Dissemination in
    • Research Projects
    • Communication & Marketing Support
    • Network of 60,000 Contacts to Companies, Associations & Institutes
    • Targeted Newsletters for 17 Specialty Areas of the Industry
    • Conferences, Workshops & nova Sessions
    • In-depth B2C Research
  • Economy & Policy
    • Micro- and Macroeconomics
    • Techno-Economic Evaluation (TEE) for Low & High TRL
    • Target Price Analysis for Feedstock & Products
    • Strategic Consulting for Industry, Policy & NGO’s
    • Political Framework, Measures & Instruments
    • Standards, Certification & Labelling
  • Sustainability
    • Tailor-made Life Cycle Assessments
    • Customised Carbon Footprint Calculation Tools
    • Social Impact Assessment & Social Acceptance
    • Comprehensive Sustainability Assessments
    • Sustainability Integrated Technology
    • Development (SUITED)
    • Critical Reviews
  • Technology & Markets
    • Market Research
    • Innovation & Technology Scouting
    • Trend & Competitive Analysis
    • Supply & Demand Analysis
    • Feasibility & Potential Studies
    • Customised Expert Workshops

Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI)

In 2020 the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) was launched by nova.


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. RCI addresses the core problem of climate change, which is extracting and using additional fossil carbon from the ground that will eventually end up in the atmosphere. Companies are encouraged to focus on phasing out fossil resources and to use renewable carbon instead. The initiative wants to drive this message, initiating further actions by bringing stakeholders together, providing information and shaping policy to strive for a climate-neutral circular economy.


Renewable Carbon entails all carbon sources that avoid or substitute the use of any additional fossil carbon from the geosphere. Renewable carbon can come from the biosphere, atmosphere or technosphere – but not from the geosphere. Renewable carbon circulates between biosphere, atmosphere or technosphere, creating a carbon circular economy.


In order to fight climate change, we need to curb our consumption of fossil resources. Therefore, we need renewable carbon. Fossil carbon shall be completely substituted by renewable carbon, which is carbon from alternative sources: biomass, CO2 and recycling.


  1. a b c Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), : webpage , Last access 2021-07-21.