I Biofuture Summit

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When: 24-25 October 2017

Where: Hotel Estanplaza International, São Paulo - Brazil


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    While lots of international attention, investment and collaboration have been taking place in the renewable energy field, most of that recent action has been directed to the power sector. While that is welcome and critical, the world needs also to do more to scale up alternatives to fossil fuels in the transport sector and industry, taking advantage of new, sustainable technologies already in place.

    The use of fossil fuels in transportation and industrial production contributes up to 35% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and sustainable biofuels, bioenergy, and bioproducts can have an important role to play in tackling these emissions.

    The I Conference of the Biofuture Platform – organized in accordance with the mandate derived from the countries in the All-Member Biofuture Platform meeting (Abu Dhabi, January 2017) – will call attention to the need (increasingly evident in climate and econometric models, scenarios and projections by agencies such as IEA, IRENA and REN21, among others) to scale up sustainable bioenergy in order to keep the globe within agreed temperature level rises, and further discuss lessons on how to achieve that.

    Pursuant to the multistakeholder nature of the Platform, and highlighting the critical importance of the private sector, the I Conference of the Biofuture Platform will be held in conjunction with the V edition of the Bioeconomy Forum organized by CNI (Brazil´s National Industry Confederation) and the roadshow for below50 (a global coalition of leading corporations to promote low carbon fuels, linked to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, WBCSD).

    Uniting the three events, the I Biofuture Summit[1] will:

    1. provide government officials, experts and industry players an opportunity to share lessons and exchange experiences on some of the key policy aspects of the scaling up the bioeconomy challenge, including supply and demand policies, R&D policies, financing, sustainability, and usage.

    2. showcase current activities, research projects, policies, investment plans and promising new technologies from the private sector to achieve performance breakthroughs and cost reductions for sustainable large scale production and utilization of advanced biofuels and biomaterials.

    The desired outcomes of the Summit are:

    1. increased awareness among key policy makers and decision makers about the need to scale up the bioeconomy and the challenges ahead;

    2. strengthen a common overarching sense of the solutions and ways forward, and a comprehension that coordinated action across different policy and production areas, mobilizing public and private efforts, is the best way to stand up to the scaling up challenge.

    The Summit results could feed in the policy examples section of the Biofuture Vision Statement to be elaborated and endorsed by countries during COP23.

    The Biofuture Platform, an action-oriented, country-led, multi-stakeholder coalition on low carbon transport and the bioeconomy launched last November at UNFCCC COP23 by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Paraguay, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America and Uruguay. The Platform aims to facilitate for policy dialogue and collaboration among leading countries, organizations, academia and the private sector conscious of the need to accelerate development and scale up deployment of modern sustainable low carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport, chemicals, plastics and other sectors.

    below50 is a global collaboration that brings together the entire value-chain for sustainable fuels – that is, fuels that produce at least 50% less CO2 emissions than conventional fossil fuels. below50 is creating global campaign for local action, taking a global strategy and implementing solutions at a local level. below50 aims to create demand for these fuels and scale up their deployment by: Increasing the number of companies choosing below50 fuels; creating inter-sectoral B2B opportunities across supply chains; demonstrating that below50 fuels makes good economic, social and environmental sense; and addressing legislative and financial barriers to sourcing below50 fuels.

    The CNI Bioeconomy Forum has been leading the debate on the development of a modern, transformative bioeconomy in Brazil, in collaboration with international partners. Uniting industry, academia, and government representatives under the leadership of the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI, the highest-level organization representing Brazilian industry, with more than 700.000 affiliates), the Bioeconomy Forum has, in its past editions, contributed to conform a structured agenda for answering the challenges posed by the development of the nascent, strategic bioeconomy industry.

    Draft Programme

    OCTOBER 24



    8h00 – 8h40

    Registration and Welcome Coffee

    8h40 – 9h00

    Opening ceremony

    9h00 – 10h30

    Keynote Panel 1: Climate scenarios and the need to scale-up the advanced bioeconomy

    10h30 – 11h00

    Coffee Break

    11h00 – 12h30

    Keynote Panel 2: Overcoming current challenges and framing the policy options ahead


    Lunch Break


    ROOM 1

    ROOM 2

    14h00 – 16h00

    Getting the policy framework right for scaling up (I): demand pull and supply push policies

    – mandates, carbon pricing, financing mechanisms, R&D & Innovation policies

    Industrial developments in the bioeconomy (i): low carbon fuels

    – perspectives for low carbon fuels advancements, industrial conversion and commercialization




    ROOM 1

    ROOM 2


    Getting the policy framework right for scaling up (II): feedstocks and utilization

    • Feedstocks and sustainabilty
    • Utilization: new trends in transport

    Industrial developments in the bioeconomy (ii): bio-based products and biorefining

    • the potential and role of green chemistry and bio-based products, the vision for flexible biorefineries



    OCTOBER 25



    8h00 – 9h00

    Registration and Welcome Coffee

    9h00 – 10h00 –

    Wrap-up plenary:

    Reports and Debate among moderators: which are the right priority policy mechanisms to urgently sustainably scale up the bioeconomy?

    10h00 – 10h30

    Presentation of Biofuture Platform Vision Statement, review, and next steps

    10h30 – 11h00

    Coffee Break

    11h00 – 12h30

    Industrial developments recap and discussion of Summit outcomes from the private sector


    Closing ceremony

    [1] Provisional title.

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