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The RSB’s General Assembly and Business Forum 2017

RSB Group

Would you like to help shape the future of a healthy bioeconomy? 

14-16th November – Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, Canada

The RSB’s Assembly of Delegates and Business Forum is just a few weeks away and we look forward to rich, interesting and stimulating discussions. You will benefit from the insights of sector specialists ready to network with you and bring you up to date on vital issues pertaining to biofuels and biomaterials that are critical for a healthy and sustainable bioeconomy. The latest results from the RSB’s technical working group for wastes and residues will be presented and issues relating to RSB governance will also be addressed.

Network with sector specialists and meet our accomplished speakers.

The event is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada and precedes IATA’S Alternative Fuels Symposium that starts in the afternoon of 16th November.

You can view the detailed Aviation Business Fourm agenda for the event and look forward to presentations from:

Steve Fabijanksi, President and CEO of Agrisoma. Inventor, scientific author and experienced panellist will be offering insight in to topics such as the development of scalable supply chains for sustainably produced feedstock by using the scale of the global agricultural industry.

Dr. Bruno Miller, Managing Director of Fuels at Fulcrum Bioenergy, a pioneer in the development of a reliable and efficient process for transforming everyday household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels including jet fuel and diesel. His 15 years of experience put him in the ideal position to share an overview of Fulcrum’s commercialisation plan.

Professor John (Jack) N. Saddler, PhD is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology/ Bioenergy (originally an NSERC Industry Chair) and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a multi-award winner for his contribution to biotechnology and the advancement of renewable fuels in Canada, a published, peer reviewed author and holds several patents as well as being a respected advisor for agencies and policy makers at the highest levels provincially, nationally and internationally. Jack will discuss British Columbia’s position in pioneering the development of biomass derived, sustainably sourced advanced biojet platforms and present a summary of some of the strategies, such as introducing a low carbon fuels standard (LCFS),that are being used to encourage the development of drop-in biofuels.

Yee Chow leads Cathay Pacific’s strategy on biofuel and carbon credits procurement as well as climate regulatory advocacy and compliance. He is involved with several working groups with ICAO and IATA in designing the rules for the upcoming global CORSIA scheme.

Frederic Eychenne, Airbus Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme manager responsible for all the Airbus Projects and partnerships on Sustainability for
aviation and emissions reduction. He also contributes to all initiatives in conformance to the Airbus New Energies strategy and Sustainable Fuels projects.

Pedro Rodrigo Scorza is line captain and senior technical advisor for renewable fuels at GOL Airlines, and also acts as Director of Renewables for Aviation at Ubrabio (União Brasileira de Biodiesel e Bioquerosene). His focus is to support the development of the sustainable aviation fuels value chain in Brasil, supporting policies and creating an environment for this new industry.

Tjaša Bole-Rentel is an economist with an MSc in Environment and Resource Management. She has 10 years’ worth of experience as a researcher in the environmental field, with a special focus on bioenergy. She joined the Worldwide Fund for Nature South Africa in 2014, where she holds the position of Energy Economics and Policy Specialist in the Policy and Futures Unit. She will discuss the first stage of the value chain – feedstock production in order to show the potential for RSB-compliant biofuel in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The event has two parts and please note you need to REGISTER for each event:

Assembly of Delegates meeting (14th & 15th November)

There will be a keynote address by Neva Murtha, Senior Campaigner, Canopy, Khoo Hoc Aun, Chair of the RSB Working Group on Wastes and Residues will present the conclusions of the working group and Elena Schmidt will present a revision to the RSB’s Waste and Residue standard. Biofuels, bioproducts and the revision of the RSB’s Bioproducts Standard is up for discussion on the 2nd day of the Assembly as well as various issues pertaining to RSB’s governance and membership.

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The RSB Business Forum – Getting Biojet to Scale (16th November)

There are two sessions to look forward to: one on setting the context of scaling up biojet fuel production and the other a round table discussion. The workshop will feature speakers and panellists from Climateworks, SKY NRG, Gol Airlines, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Cathay Pacific, Airbus, WWF,  Agrisoma, The Mexico Biojet Cluster (represented by Ciatec), University of British Columbia, The TUI Group and others who will discuss global biojet production, modelling (offsets versus biofuel production), sustainability criteria, landscape approaches and impacts.

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The RSB is grateful to the sponsors of the event Airbus, Agrisoma, Boeing, The Mexico Biojet Cluster and The National Wildlife Federation.

Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada

Stephen Wetmore – Co chair of the RSB Board and responsible for Sustainable Business, Partnerships, and Innovations for WWF South Africa has this to say on why attending will give you much needed insight into the scaling up of biojet fuel production and its possibilities…
“The conversation we will have is going to address strategising and actioning development and growth of biojet fuel within the aviation sector because it’s the fuel that can drive change.  We will also examine the re-framing of the economy into a biocircular economy – which offers not just a solution for aviation but holds social, environmental and economic benefits that will have ripple effects across sectors and regions if it is done and driven by the uptake of the RSB’s standard” 

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