The conference participants have chosen the winners!

The answer to the hunt for renewable materials: The Renewable Materials Conference! Its unique concept of presenting all renewable material solutions at one event hits the mark: bio-based, CO₂-based and recycled are the only available alternatives to fossil-based chemicals and materials.

Ready-to-use, fossil-free, sustainable material solutions with a low carbon footprint are increasingly in demand. Innovative brand owners are on the lookout for such solutions, especially those that will soon reach the mainstream.

To further encourage this trend, the Renewable Materials Conference 2024 will present the “Renewable Material of the Year 2024” innovation award, organised by the nova-Institute and sponsored by Covestro. Producers and inventors of innovative technologies and applications based on biomass, CO₂ or advanced recycling were invited to submit their innovations.

First stage: 28 February 2024

Already closed! The submission process involves completing an application form and a leaflet, or other additional information (no product samples!) in PDF format about your product in English, including printable digital images (300 dpi) that we can use free of charge in our subsequent media publicity. The documents should detail the unique aspects of the innovation and its market launch date.
If you have any questions, please contact

Second stage: Mid of March 2024

Evaluation is running! A jury consisting of representatives of the nova-Institute, the advisory board and the conference sponsors will nominate the outstanding “Top 6” applicants in the run-up to the conference.
After the jury has selected the “Top 6” applicants, their application documents will be made available for download on the conference website to give the RMC audience and other interested parties a first insight into these innovations.

If you are one of the six nominees, please bring a sample (no liquids!) of your product/material to the conference to showcase it in the exhibition on the “Top 6” companies, or send it to following postal address:
nova-Institut GmbH, Michael Carus, Leyboldstr. 16, 50354 Hürth, Germany

Important: Bulky goods must be delivered directly to the conference building:
Rhein-Sieg-Forum, Bachstraße 1, 53721 Siegburg, Germany

Third stage: At the conference, 12 June 2024

Each of the six selected companies will present their innovation in a 10-minute presentation on the 2nd day of the conference. Following the presentations, the three winners will be selected by the conference attendees and announced shortly thereafter.

In addition, the “Top 6” will showcase their innovations throughout the conference in a shared exhibition space provided by the nova-Institute. Each “Top 6” candidate will receive a free ticket to the conference and additional tickets at a discounted rate. The nova-Institute will utilise its extensive network of 100,000 companies and hundreds of press contacts to generate market demand for the winners.

Winners of the past innovation awards (PDF):