DOE Webinar on May 17 - Sustainability for the Global Biofuels Industry

DOE Webinar on May 17 - Sustainability for the Global Biofuels Industry

May 03, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass Program is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT, entitled "Sustainability for the Global Biofuels Industry: Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities."

This webinar will feature an overview of sustainability issues related to the development of a global biofuels market. A panel of speakers from Conservation International will be discussing results of the DOE-supported Sustainable Biofuel Crops Project, including identified risks and opportunities for global biofuels production, results of field studies to develop responsible biofuel crop management strategies, and implications for land-use planning, policy and developing markets.

DOE's Biomass Program welcomes interested stakeholders from industry, academia, research institutions, government, non-profits, other organizations, and the general public. Presenters include:

DOE Biomass Program

  • Alison Goss Eng, Sustainability Lead
  • Ranyee Chiang, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

Conservation International

  • Christine Dragisic, Director, Agriculture, Biofuel, & Forestry
  • Lucio Bede, Atlantic Forest Program Manager, Conservation International Brazil
  • Jenny Hewson, Technical Advisor for Land Use Monitoring and REDD Analyses
  • Tim Killeen, Senior Research Scientist
  • Manuel Oliva, Director, U.S. Climate Policy
  • Conrad Savy, Senior Science Advisor, Business & Government Engagement

This webinar is free to all participants, but space is limited, so be sure to register in advance to secure your spot.
You will receive the URL, password, and phone number via email prior to the webinar. You will need this information in order to connect.

This Web conference is the next installment in the Biomass Program's webinar series, which will cover many of the Program's activities and feature discussions on "Hot Topics" relevant to the development of renewable fuels, power, and products from biomass resources.

The three-year Sustainable Biofuel Crops Project was launched by Conservation International in early 2008 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The overall goal of the project was to support the development of a sustainable global biofuels industry by ensuring that biofuel crop production does not threaten biodiversity. The project included three major work programs that: analyzed the potential overlap of biofuel crops with areas of high importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services provision; worked with partners in Indonesia and Brazil to implement field studies to develop techniques for siting and managing biofuel crops responsibly; and informed the development of policy and standards for sustainable biofuel crop production. The Sustainable Biofuel Crops Project was implemented by teams working in the U.S., Brazil, Indonesia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Suriname.

Download the executive summary and major results of the Sustainable Biofuel Crops Project .

Biomass is a clean, renewable energy source that can help to significantly diversify transportation fuels in the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass Program is helping transform the nation's renewable and abundant non-food biomass resources into cost-competitive, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. To learn more, visit the Biomass Program website.

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