Mr. Michael Carus
Michael Carus (MSc) (Germany) physicist, founder and managing director of the nova-Institute, is working for over 15 years in the field of Bio-based Economy. This includes biomass feedstock, processes, bio-based chemistry, plastics, fibres and composites. The focus of his work are market analysis, techno-economic and ecological evaluation as well as the political and economic framework for bio-based processes and applications ("level playing field for industrial material use").
As executive office of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), nova-Institute/Carus was member of the Lead Market Initiative (LMI) "Ad-hoc Advisory Group for Bio-based Products" (2010-2013), and is member of the Technical Committee, CEN/TC 411 "Bio-based products" (since 2011), member of the "Expert Group on Bio-based Products" of the European Commission (since 2013), member of the Thematic Working Groups "Biomass supply" and "Market-making" of the "Bioeconomy Panel" of the European Commission (since 2013), as well as member of the SCAR(*) Foresight experts group "Sustainable Bioresources for a Growing Bioeconomy" (since 2014).(*): SCAR means Standing Committee on Agricultural Research.
Michael Carus is main author of different fundamental reports and policy papers on Bio-based Economy in the EU: http://www.bio-based.eu/nova-papersnova-Institute is a private and independent institute, founded in 1994; nova offers research and consultancy with a focus on bio-based and CO2-based economy in the fields of feedstock, techno-economic evaluation, markets, LCA, dissemination, B2B communication and policy. Today, nova-Institute has more than 20 employees and a yearly turnover of more than 2 Mio. €.