Global Sustainable Bioenergy Asia-Oceania Convention Kuala Lumpur 2010 (GSB Asia-Oceania KL)
Venue: Renaissance Hotel
|Event Date/Time: Jun 14, 2010||End Date/Time: Jun 16, 2010|
Fuels and electricity from plant biomass, â€œbioenergyâ€, can potentially address urgent sustainability, energy supply, and rural economic development challenges, Yet the world is currently uncertain about whether to look to bioenergy to play a prominent role in the future, and if so, what policies are needed to ensure a sustainable result. This state of affairs is undesirable because we are likely underestimating meritorious options, overestimating non â€“ meritorious options, or â€“ in â€“ light of the many bioenergy feedstock, processes and products, perhaps both, This uncertainty constrains efforts by industry, government and others interested in developing more sustainable energy systems.
Brief Information on the Host for Continental GSBP Conventions for 2010
Host Institution: Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation, Netherlands
Chairman: Andre Faaij, Patricia Osseweijer
Convention Date: 24 â€“ 26 February 2010
Host Institution: University of Stellenbosch, Afrika Selatan
Chairman: Emile van Zyl, August Temu
Convention Date: 17 â€“ 19 March 2010
Host Institution: The University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Chairman: Jose Goldemberg, Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz
Convention Date: 22 â€“ 24 March, 2010
Asia - Oceania
Host Institution: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Chairman: Prof. Ramlan Abd. Aziz
Convention Date: 14 â€“ 16 June 2010 3
Host Institution: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, USA
Chairman: Jon Foley
Convention Date: 14 â€“ 16 September, 2010
2.0 PROJECT SCOPE
GSB proposes a global analysis of the feasibility of large-scale bioenergy production. This analysis would be undertaken with strong international participation in order to inform the analysis, foster buy-in among international thought leaders, and effectively disseminate the results to policymakers and the public. Assembling an appropriate team is a substantial endeavor, and the additional substantial endeavor of developing the project plan and obtaining monetary support would be best done with participation of the team. To allow the project to build momentum over time, and so that each step of the project is justified by smaller, prerequisite steps, it is proposed to proceed in three stages:
1. Hold continental conventions at several international locations, refine our question, form a team, develop a project plan, and recruit support for stage 2.
2. Answer the question: Is it physically possible for bioenergy to meet a substantial fraction of future world mobility and/or electricity demand while our global society also meets other important needs: feeding humanity, providing fiber, maintaining and where possible improving soil fertility, air and water quality, biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and achieving very large greenhouse gas emission reductions that are not substantially negated by land use changes?
3. Broaden the analysis to address additional issues.
In trying to answer the defining question for stage 2, we will look for complimentary combinations of key variables (mature conversion technology and feedstock production technologies, integration of feedstock production into agriculture, alternative food production strategies, and demand reduction through increased utilization efficiency) in conjunction with established models for key constraining factors (population, climate, water availability, soil fertility, modernization of the developing world). The wording of question 2) reflects the best efforts of the steering committee to pose a question responsive to the goals of the project that is both useful and practical. While we think the scope and integrated challenge captured in the question is critical, are open to refining the wording based on input received during stage 1. Given a positive result from stages 1 and 2, the analysis will be broadened in stage 3 to include:
Transition paths / Enabling policies / Economics / Ethical and equity issues / Local-scale analysis to validate and exemplify the vision developed in stage 2 / Rural economic development aspects / Consequences for developing nations / Commercialization / Other important considerations identified in the course of the project
This stage will emerge out of stage 2, with additional participants recruited as needed in response to the needs to the project. The focus of the GSB project is different from that of the many others worthy initiatives in the bioenergy field. Rather than focusing on what is most probable, the GSB project is focused on what is most desirable. Rather than reflecting often sharply divided expert opinion, the GSB project seeks to build new understanding and consensus. Rather than having the present as a point of reference, the point of reference for the GSB project is a vision for the future. Stage 2 seeks to determine with unprecedented openness to change, breadth of international involvement, and technical detail whether it is possible to gracefully reconcile large scale bioenergy production with other priorities. Results from stage 2 will motivate, inform, and provide a distinctive context for a multidimensional analysis of transition paths and policies undertaken in Stage 3. When completed, the GSB project will provide critical guidance toward the overall feasibility of a sustainable, bioenergy-intensive future and will define policy and land use trajectories that foster this outcome. 5
3.0 NAME OF PROGRAMME
The â€œAsia Oceania Convention â€“ Global Sustainability Bioenergy Project 2010â€.
4.0 THEME OF PROGRAMME
â€œGlobal Sustainable Bioenergy Project : Feasibility and Implementation Paths â€“ the Asian Oceania Perspectiveâ€
This convention is jointly organized by the Research Alliance in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering Pilot Plant, both from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia with the support of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy Group worldwide.
6.0 WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Persons with expertise relevant to carrying out stage 2 and stage 3 analyses. This includes expertise in technical and scientific fields such as agriculture, energy crop development and production, soil science, water quality, climate, global information systems, demand forecasting, policy analysis, economics, rural development, culture, ethics, and equity. Policy makers who make decisions impacting renewable energy and bioenergy. Stakeholders whose interests, or the interests of those they represent, are impacted by the perceived merit of biofuels and/or would be impacted by greatly expanded production of sustainable bioenergy.
7.0 DATE OF PROGRAMME
14 to 16 June 2010
The Renaissance Hotel, Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The convention is expected to receive between 150 to 200 participants from around the globe especially from the Asian and Oceanic regions. These participants may come from diverse backgrounds including scientific and technical experts (agriculture, biomass crops, soil science, water quality, weather, global information system, policy analyst, economy, rural development, culture, ethics and equity), policy â€“ makers (renewable energy and bioenergy) and shareholders (corporation, agency).
10.0 TYPE OF PROGRAMME
The convention constitutes five main sessions namely 1) presentation of working papers (plenary and invited speakers) 2) round â€“ table discussion 3) interactive discussion (smaller groups of 30 â€“ 40 participants / room) 4) conclusion and presentation of findings from the discussion sessions and 5) closing & recommendation session.
11.0 PARTICIPATION FEES
International participant 1450.00
Local private agency 1350.00
Local government agency 1250.00
Tertiary student 550.00