Updated agenda: What to expect at the RSB Innovations Meeting
The RSB Innovations Meeting, in partnership with The Boeing Company, is less than a month away!
In anticipation of this first-of-its-kind event, we are thrilled to share more details with you! Exclusive to RSB members and invited stakeholders, the RSB Innovations Meeting will be held the MIT Innovation HQ, and will include a welcoming cocktail on 4th October, a full-day conference and group dinner sponsored by GE Aviation on 5th October, and a site visit sponsored by World Energy on 6th October.
The full-day conference is the main event of the RSB Innovations Meeting. We will host a series of interactive presentations and discussions that showcase the important work being conducted by RSB and its multi-stakeholder community across sectors such as aviation, shipping, textiles, chemicals and more. The event will offer guests the opportunity to participate in practical working sessions that are closely tied to RSB’s varied platforms and initiatives, and which examine the global transition to a bio-based and circular economy.
For further details on the full-day conference, see below:
- 8am-9am – Registrations with tea, coffee and snacks
9am-9:45am – Welcome & keynote speeches
9:50am-11am (Session 1) – Sustainable biomass policies: From headwind to tailwind for a strong bioeconomy
- During this session, we will hear from a diverse panel of stakeholders each facing different policy-related challenges, to understand their perspectives on how policy can shift from being a headwind that stalls the growth of the bioeconomy, to a tailwind that propels the bioeconomy in a robust and sustainable direction. All participants will be invited to contribute to the discussion as we develop a brand new Sustainable Biomass Policy Platform. Exploring global policy and its ripples across feedstock growth, demand, farm-level practice and financing, this group is an exciting opportunity to position our members with the most relevant knowledge to take their bioeconomy initiatives to the next level by collaborating across the aisles of fuels and materials, building in-team expertise, and engaging with the most relevant NGOs and project development.
11am-11:30am – Coffee break
11:30am-1pm (Session 2a) – Impact accelerator: A session of the RSB SAF Policy Platform on book and claim
- The SAF Grand Challenge, announced in September 2021, plans to cut 20% of US aviation emissions by 2030 – producing 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and an additional 35 billion by 2050. Switching from fossil fuels to SAF is the fastest way to meet emission targets on time. The SAF market has matured over the last years and corporate clients are willing to pay a premium for in-value-chain emission reductions driving impact. ‘Book and claim’ is a key enabler to decouple demand and supply constrains making sustainability attributes widely accessible while using SAF where it is available. In this session, we will discuss how to successfully implement public policies to develop a sustainable industry and the importance of a robust ‘book and claim’ system to meet policy goals assuring corporate client value in a United States context.
11:30am-1pm (Session 2b) – Disrupting certification to scale the bioeconomy
- In this session, RSB will share a new and disruptive approach to certification, via an “endorsement framework” that has the potential to scale sustainable impact. This brand-new approach will be presented to RSB members for the first time and this session is an excellent opportunity to share feedback, workshop challenges and suggest next steps. Session participants will include consumer brands, and others who are looking for an opportunity to grow impact and make robust sustainability claims but face challenges in a landscape of multiple certifications, inconsistent approaches to sustainability and complex supply chains.
1pm-2:30pm – Lunch and networking break
2:30pm-3pm – Plenary: Presentation of results
3pm-4:30pm (Session 3a) – Innovative solutions to decarbonise aviation: The role of airports
- The session will briefly present the work that RSB has been doing with airports in the Sustainable Airports Platform – an RSB initiative is linked to the ALIGHT programme – to identify the evolving role of airports in the SAF economy. The session will then bring together sector leaders in discussing the crucial role that airports are playing in the development of innovative models to support the SAF economy. A final discussion will map out the role the RSB and the wider stakeholder community should take to support airports’ goals.
3pm-4:30pm (Session 3b) – Power-to-X: Validating sustainability and creating confidence
- Power-to-X (PtX) technology is the most promising solution to produce renewable synthetic fuels and chemicals at scale. The primary process of PtX is electrolysis converting renewable electricity from wind, water or solar as primary energy into an energy carrier (“X”). Since mid-2021, in response to the increasing demand and market interest, RSB has been convening a group of stakeholders and experts in an effort to evaluate and agree on best practices to address and reduce sustainability risks related to PtX technologies. This session will examine the potential of PtX in the United States, address its sustainability risks, and review RSB Standard for scaling innovative PtX technologies, with the goal of promoting sustainable basis for a technology that becomes a reality.
4:30pm-5pm – Plenary: Presentation of results
5pm-5:15pm – Wrap-up
Tickets are free, but available to RSB members only. RSB members will have already received an invitation to register via email! If you are an RSB member and did not receive an invitation, please reach out to RSB’s Outreach & Engagement Director, Hannah Walker.
Please note that there is also limited space: only 50 attendees available, and only 1 attendee per RSB member organisation will be permitted. Additional registrations will be waitlisted.
Details for the welcoming cocktail (4th October), group dinner sponsored by GE Aviation (5th October) and the site visit sponsored by World Energy (6th October) will be made available once RSB members have registered for the full-day conference.