The Biofuture Platform Initiative: Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable Low-Carbon Bioeconomy

16th of September 2020 | 17:00 – 18:00

Event Overview

Building on collaborative efforts of 20 countries over the past 4 years, this virtual event will launch the Biofuture Platform Initiative as a new CEM workstream. The initiative aims to raise international ambition and advance sustainable bioenergy production, trade and use globally, via analysis, policies, programs and projects, making bioenergy a key enabler in clean energy transitions. It will also further strengthen international dialogue among key policy and decision makers about the benefits, opportunities and priorities to scale up sustainable bioenergy and accelerate the bioeconomy worldwide. The Biofuture Platform Initiative will be implemented in close partnership with the private sector. Bioenergy is the overlooked giant of the renewable energy sector. One of the most labour-intensive energy industries, it is paramount to a successful transition to low-carbon energy systems and should be central to recovery plans, as one of the hardest-hit sectors by COVID-19 impacts.

Speakers

Mr. Bento Albuquerque
Minister of State of Mines and Energy, Brazil

Dr. Fatih Birol
Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Mr. Shawn Tupper
Associate Deputy Minister, Natural Resources, Canada

Mr. Daniel R. Simmons
Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Renu Swarup
Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, India

Ms. Julia Nolan
Head of International Energy, United Kingdom

Mr. Thiago Barral
CEM Sherpa for Brazil; President, Energy Planning Agency, Brazil

Dr. Pramod Chaudhari
Executive Chairman, Praj Industries

Mr. Peter Vanacker
President and CEO, Neste Corporation

Ms. Geneviève Brisson
Senior Director for Global Government Affairs, Enerkem Inc

Mr. Renato Godinho
CO-MODERATOR, Biofuture Platform; Head, Division for Energy Progress, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

Dr. Paolo Frankl
CO-MODERATOR, Head, Renewable Energy Division, IEA

Agenda

17:00 – 17:10

Launch of Biofuture Platform Initiative: Opening and scene-setting
Mr. Bento Albuquerque, Minister of Mines and Energy, Brazil; Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

17:10 – 17:35

Interventions by Initiative Co-leads
Mr. Shawn Tupper, Associate Deputy Minister, Natural Resources, Canada; Mr. Daniel R. Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, USA; Dr. Ranu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, India; Ms. Julia Nolan, Head of International Energy, UK; Mr. Thiago Barral, CEM Sherpa for Brazil, and President, Energy Planning Agency, Brazil

17:35 – 17:45

Industry perspectives
Dr. Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries; Mr. Peter Vanacker, President and CEO, Neste Corporation; Ms. Geneviève Brisson, Senior Director for Global Government Affairs, Enerkem Inc.

17:45 – 18:00

Panel Q & A

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