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Twenty countries launch the Biofuture Platform to help decarbonize transport and industry through advanced low carbon fuels and bioeconomy solutions.

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Our challenges are particularly critical in the transportation sector, which accounts for 70% of our nation petroleum’s consumption and nearly one-third of our greenhouse gas emissions. It will be clearly impossible to reduce the emissions by 80% by 2050 without clean transportation fuels and the development of a green bioeconomy.

Jonathan Pershing, Special Envoy for Climate Change, United States Department of State

In face of the urgency of fighting climate change, countries cannot afford to ignore the largely underestimated potential of bioenergy, especially in the face of new technological developments which are opening the door to a whole new low-carbon bioeconomy as an alternative to fossil-based fuels, chemicals and materials

José Sarney Filho, Minister for the Environment, Brazil

From the perspective of the IEA, in order to achieve a decarbonized transport future we need to marshal all the opportunities, all the available technologies: electrification of transport, obviously energy efficiency, and the development of effective public transport systems. But biofuels have a unique role to play here. In fact the IEA scenarios suggest that by 2050 we will have to rely on biofuels for about 25% of all the transport fuel needs if we are to keep the rise of global temperature below 2 degrees.

Paul Simons, Deputy-Executive Director, IE

Biofuel plays a significant role in emission reduction and replacing transport fuels, I expect the Biofuture Platform Initiative to become a new platform for countries to exchange best practices in developing biofuel, and promote the transformation of the global economy toward a green and low carbon path.

Minister Xie Zhenhua, China's Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs

For developing the bioeconomy the competitiveness of the existing and emerging bio- based industries has to be secured. In other words, a favorable operating environment is needed. To promote bioeconomy competitiveness and growth it is important to create a shared bioeconomy vision. The vision should provide systematic foresight and to create smart regulation. This helps to remove growth bottlenecks and improve the predictability of the operational environment.

Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and Environment of Finland

The challenge for transportation is huge: we have to meet the growing demand while simultaneously reducing emissions. We are all here for the same reason: we need to transform the transport sector. We need a shared vision. There isn’t a cohesive plan, as of yet, that addresses climate change through sustainable alternative fuels in transport at a global scale

Peter White, Vice President and COO, WBCSD

Sustainably-sourced advanced biofuels will be key to expanding the use of renewables in the transport sector. Their high energy density and wide range of feedstock options make them especially vital as a transportation fuel. As we move to deliver a sustainable energy future and meet climate objectives, initiatives for strengthening international cooperation, such as the Biofuture Platform, can make an important contribution.

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

FAO and its partners work to support countries to move from the dualism of ‘food versus fuel’ to the inclusive concept of ‘food and fuel’”, said the Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva. “In this line, FAO welcomes the Biofuture Platform which aims to promote low-carbon solutions and contribute to the global efforts against the impacts of climate change.

José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)