International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels

The conference to be held at the Stein Hall at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India on 26th and 27th February 2018.

Jointly organised by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India & Mission Innovation – India along with Biofuture Platform.

EVENT CONCEPT

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 under MI is co-led by India, Brazil, Canada and China. The other participating countries include Australia, the European Commission, Finland, France, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, UK and US.

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. A major aim of these cooperation is to avoid duplication of efforts and define clear areas of collaboration for speeding up of innovations in this area.

CONFERENCE AIMS

  • Provide a platform to Government policy makers, investors, industry and research community to exchange experiences and challenges related to development and scaling up of advanced biofuels.
  • Exchange best practices in developing projects, performance breakthroughs and in cost reduction.
  • Understanding the concerns of private sector and that of investors, to speedup large scale production of sustainable biofuels.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • Clear understanding of the development in bio-economy made by participating countries and exchange of best practices.
  • Increased awareness among policy makers about the challenges faced by investors and industry for commercial scale up of advanced biofuels.
  • Enhanced understanding about the country specific developments and need for collaborations/ cooperation to speed up commercialization.
  • Latest research and development in advanced biofuels.

THEME & TOPICS

Keynote presentations

  • Current global status on advanced biofuels
  • Technology Development and need for innovations
  • Biofuels-Industry and Investor Prospective
  • Policy support issues for advanced biofuels
  • Industrial prospective on commercialization
  • Issues related to biomass collection, transport and storage

Interactive Tracks

  • Next Generation Biofuel production from low value feeds
  • Algal based economic processes/models
  • Commercialization issues
  • Essential Policy support and International collaborations

COMMITTEE

Steering Committee

  • Dr. Renu Swarup, Senior Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Chairperson)
  • Shri Sandeep Poundrik, Joint Secretary (Refineries), Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Shri Manish Chauhan, Joint Secretary (UNES), Ministry of External Affairs
  • Dr. Sanjay Bajpai, Adviser, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
  • Dr. Fernando Preto, Team Leader, Biomass Conversion Natural Resources, Canada
  • Mr. Paulo Thiago Pires Soares, Deputy, Division of New and Renewable Energy Resources-DNR, Brazil
  • Mr. Renato Domith Godinho, Biofuture Platform interim Facilitator, Head, Division for New and Renewable Energy Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
  • Mr. Wang CG, Ministry of Science & Technology, China
  • Prof. John Loughhead, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom
  • Dr. D.K Tuli, MI India Unit
  • Dr. Sangita Kasture, Convener, Joint Director, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India

Organising Committee

  • Dr. D K Tuli, (Chairperson), DBT Energy Bioscience Chair, Coordinator Mission Innovation India Unit
  • Dr. Sangita Kasture, Joint Director, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
  • Mr. Y B Ramakrishnan, Chairman – Working group on Biofuels, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Dr. Shams Yazdani, Coordinator, DBT-ICGEB Bioenergy Centre
  • Dr. Neelima Alam, Scientist E, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
  • Dr. A M Lali, Coordinator, DBT-ICT Bioenergy Centre
  • Dr. S K Puri, Coordinator, DBT-IOC Centre for Bioenergy
  • Prof. Pramod P. Wangikar, Coordinator, DBT-Pan IIT Center for Bioenergy
  • Mr. Renato Domith Godinho, Biofuture Platform interim Facilitator, Head, Division for New and Renewable Energy Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

Participants

  • Representatives of countries of Mission Innovation Challenge IC#4 on Sustainable Biofuel Innovation
  • Representatives of Biofuture Platform and participating countries.
  • Representatives of IEA and IRENA
  • Policy makers, senior advisers, academia, technical experts, industry representatives and investors