International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels 2018

Feb 26, 2018 15:21 IST
International conference on Sustainable Biofuels

The two day international conference on Sustainable Biofuels is jointly being organized on February 26-27, 2018 by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and Biofuture platform.
 
The conference will seek to a clear understanding of the development in bio-economy made by participating countries, increase awareness of policy makers about the challenges faced by the industry-investor for commercial scale up of advanced biofuels.

The conference will also focus on concerns of the private sectors to speed up large scale production of sustainable biofuels.

International conference on Sustainable Biofuels

About 50 international delegates including country representatives from mission innovation member countries, International Energy Agency (IEA), Biofuture Platform member countries, The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are attending the conference.

All co-leads of sustainable biofuel challenge - China, Brazil, Canada and India are represented in the conference.

The international conference on Sustainable Biofuels will bring the experts and delegates from 19 countries together in Sustainable Biofuels sector to share information and best practices, take stock of current knowledge and build consensus on the actions most needed to move forward.

This event aims to provide a common platform to Government policy makers, industry, investors and research community to exchange experiences and challenges related to development and scaling of advance biofuels.

Biofuels
Use of fossil fuels for transportation contributes significantly to global greenhouse gases (GHG) emission. The sustainable biofuels have ability to reduce the GHG emission load and this consideration led to establishment of Sustainable Biofuel Innovation Challenge (SBIC) under Mission Innovation (MI).

Advanced or second-generation biofuels produced from non-food biomass materials and specially grown high yielding plants or algae, if managed sustainably can contribute to significantly reduce emissions.

However, many of the advanced biofuels still remain in pre- or an early commercial stage of development and need innovations and breakthrough for low cost sustainable production. The sustainable biofuel innovation challenge aims to accelerate research, development and deployment of low cost, high GHG impacting advanced biofuels.

The sustainable biofuel innovation challenge will build on existing knowledge of individual participating countries and international institutes like IEA, IRENA and in collaboration of Biofuture Platform coordinated by Brazil as program Secretariat.
 
A major aim of this cooperation is to avoid duplication of efforts and define clear areas of collaboration for speeding up of innovations in this area.

The need for collaboration-cooperation to speed up commercialisation and focus on latest R&D in advanced biofuels will be the expected outcomes of this International event.

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Nodal Agency for this conference


Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology is working as a nodal agency coordinating and steering the activities of Mission Innovation in India by Government of India.
 
Mission Innovation India unit has been set-up last year by DBT at ICGEB, New Delhi. DBT has in past taken lead in ushering R&D in advanced biofuels and has set up four large Bioenergy Research Centres.

Source: PIB

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