Brazil will host an international meeting in São Paulo, October 24 and 25, aiming at the development of a modern, sustainable and low-carbon bioeconomy. The meeting aims to re-locate low-carbon bioenergy and bioeconomy solutions on the global map as an urgent solution to combat climate change.
Twenty member countries of the Biofuture Platform, an international initiative coordinated by the Brazilian government as interim secretariat, work on a Vision Statement to be endorsed during COP23, which takes place in November in Germany.
The RenovaBio project, under preparation by the Brazilian government, will be highlighted among examples of good practices and advanced public policies, conducted by 20 countries.
Biofuture Summit 2017 - October 24 and 25 (OPENING SESSION 24/10, 8:30 AM)
LOCATION: Estanplaza International Hotel, R. Fernandes Moreira, 1293 - Chácara Santo Antônio, São Paulo - SP.
DATE: October 24th and 25th
FULL PROGRAM, REGISTRATION AND FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.biofuturesummit.com
REGISTRATION: Places are limited and participation is free, with registrations online through the site.
PRESS: Press registrations can be made by the same website, choosing, in the form, the category "MEDIA". A question and answer session will be facilitated to the opening ceremony authorities.
PRESS CONTACT: Felipe Antunes – firstname.lastname@example.org
The year 2016 was the hottest since data began to be monitored in 1880. In the Arctic, the extent of sea ice in the summer of 2016 was the second lowest ever recorded (4.14 million km2). In some regions of Russia, the temperature was 6 °C or 7 °C above normal. To prevent the planet's situation from becoming unsustainable, the rapid and concomitant adoption of the most diverse low-carbon solutions will be necessary. One of these solutions, the bioeconomy, is the focus of the Biofuture Platform, a group of 20 nations, including Brazil, which will hold its first major conference, the Biofuture Summit 2017, in São Paulo, October 24-25. The event will take place at Hotel Estanplaza International, with the participation of more than 300 delegates from 26 countries. The Biofuture Summit 2017 combines the first conference of the Biofuture Platform and the initiative below50 Roadshow South America in one event.
During the Biofuture Summit 2017, governments, the private sector and researchers will discuss the best ways to face a relevant challenge for the future of all humanity: to create a large-scale, sustainable and low-carbon bioeconomy. In the event, participants will seek to highlight the urgent need to scale up the use of sustainable bioenergy to keep global temperatures within internationally agreed levels and will also discuss the potential of each of the actors involved to overcome the barriers and change economic, ecological and productive paradigms.
One of the highlights of the Biofuture Summit 2017 will be RenovaBio, a program that proposes an innovative policy for-low carbon biofuels being developed by the Brazilian government. Similar programs and policies implemented by the USA, India, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, and others will also be presented and debated, directly by representatives of each country.
The Summit deliberations are expected to contribute to the Biofuture Vision Statement, which will foster increased participation of bioenergy, biofuels and advanced bioproducts by 2030 as a partial alternative to fossil fuels, in order to mitigate the perverse effects of carbon emissions on the environment. The Vision Statement is to be endorsed by the 20 member countries of the initiative at the COP23 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which takes place from 6 to 17 November in Bonn, in Germany.
Promoted and hosted by the Brazilian government, which is acting as facilitator of the Biofuture Platform, the Summit will have panels on Climate Scenarios and the need to expand the bioeconomy; Overcoming current challenges and identifying future policy options; Policies for the bioeconomy; Low-carbon fuels; and Bioproducts and biorrefine. In its final phase, there will be a debate on “What are the priority policy mechanisms to urgently expand the bioeconomy?”, including the preliminary presentation of the proposed text for the Vision Statement of the Biofuture Platform, to be adopted by the governments of the countries members of the initiative. In addition to this document, the contribution of the private sector, derived from the panels and from the debate on “Recapitulation of industrial evolution and discussion of the results of the private sector summit, is also foreseen.
Among the authorities and prominent speakers are:
Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes; the Minister of Mines and Energy, Fernando Coelho Filho; the Governor of the State of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin; the President of Apex-Brasil, Roberto Jaguaribe; the Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Paul Simons; the Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Sakari Oksanen; the President of CEBDS-WBCSD Brazil, Marina Grossi; the global CEO of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, William Feehery; the CEO of GranBio, Bernardo Gradin; the Director-General of the Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy, Francesco La Camera; the Director of Energy and Climate of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Rasmus Valanko; the Head of the Secretariat of the Clean Energy Ministerial Conference (CEM), Christian Zinglersen; the Director of Renewable Energies of the International Energy Agency, Paolo Franklin; the Chairman of the Biofuels Working Group of the Ministry of Petroleum of India, Y.B. Ramakhrisna; Jan Lewandrowski, senior economist at the US Department of Agriculture; the representative of civil society at the National Energy Policy Council, Plínio Nastari; among others.
ARRIVING AT COP23
The proposal to be outlined during the Biofuture Summit in São Paulo will arrive at COP23, which will take place in Bonn from 6 to 17 November, through a Biofuture Platform event officially sponsored by Brazil on November 16. This event will bring together the Ministries of Environment (MMA), Foreign Affairs (MRE) and Mines and Energy (MME) in a joint initiative that will focus on the need to accelerate the development of the bioeconomy and the necessary policies to do so. This is a relevant topic for compliance with the Brazilian National Contribution (NDC), which shows the continuity of the work developed since COP 22, with the launch of the Biofuture Platform and the RenovaBio program.
ABOUT THE BIOFUTURE PLATFORM
The Biofuture Platform is a multisectoral mechanism, launched at the Brazilian initiative last November at COP22, bringing together Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, Paraguay, the Philippines, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. The Platform aims to facilitate political dialogue and collaboration among leading countries, organizations, academia and the private sector, aware of the need to accelerate development and expand the deployment of sustainable low carbon alternatives solutions to fossil fuels in transport, chemicals, plastics and other sectors. Brazil, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, currently acts as facilitator of the initiative.
ABOUT the below50
The below50 is a global collaboration that aims to boost the development of the global and national market for sustainable fuels. The project seeks to create demand for fuels that, like ethanol and biodiesel, emit 50% less CO2 than traditional fuels. The below50 proposes to:
• Increase the number of companies that opt for fuels below50;
• Create intersectoral opportunities through supply chains;
• Demonstrate that below50 fuels have an economic, social and environmental appeal;
• Address legislative and financial barriers to supplying fuels below50.
RenovaBio is a policy that seeks to draw up a joint strategy to recognize the strategic role of all types of biofuels in the Brazilian energy matrix, both for energy security and mitigation of greenhouse gas emission. Unlike traditional measures, RenovaBio does not propose the creation of a carbon tax, subsidies, presumed credit or volumetric mandates for the addition of biofuels to fuels, and is based on recognition of the objectively calculated environmental benefits of biofuels in the transport sector, rewarding the most clean and efficient.