Read the agenda for the RSB Annual Conference 2023
The RSB Annual Conference 2023, in partnership with the Boeing Company and Gevo, Inc., will see RSB members and guests from our broader stakeholder community come together to learn from the pioneers who are lighting the way towards a bio-based and circular economy.
As we mark 10 years of the RSB Association, these Ambassadors of Change will gather with us in Geneva to share their stories from the past decade – reflecting on the path already taken, and exploring how these lessons can help us to fulfil our urgent sustainability ambition.
The RSB Annual Conference 2023 is comprised of three separate events:
- RSB Welcome Reception Dinner
- 14th November, 7:00pm-10:30pm, Refettorio Geneva
- RSB Annual Conference Open Day
- 15th November, 8:30am – 5:30pm (with a networking reception to follow from 6 – 7pm), The Hotel President Wilson
- RSB Assembly of Delegates
- 16th November, 8:30am-3:00pm, The International Environmental House
The RSB Annual Conference Open Day, which will take place on 15th November, is a full-day event of insightful and interactive sessions that will include discussions and presentations on the following hot topics:
RSB has developed a sustainability framework that is widely acknowledged as uniquely credible and robust for supporting the development of the biocircular economy. In this session, we will explore how that sustainability framework is being used to drive better sustainability performance.
Together with NGO partners and brands, we will use this session to look at:
- How a strong sustainability foundation is used by different organisations as a tool to drive sustainability performance.
- How NGOs can create collaborative platforms that break down siloes and bring brands together for collective sustainability wins.
- How brands can work with these platforms to bring real, systemic change to their supply chains – and beyond.
As RSB and Boeing build their collaboration to use RSB’s Landscape-Level Programme methodology to grow a sustainable bioeconomy to serve the needs to the aviation sector – and far beyond – we invite participants to join a session aimed at unlocking potential in South-East Asia, and the lessons that can be learned for global bioeconomy development.
During the session we will explore how an approach grounded in a landscape-level vision can support regional policy and industry decarbonisation goals, while embedding robust sustainability. We will dig into how to understand and analyse feedstock availability through the right ‘sustainability lens’, how this knowledge feeds into techno-economic analyses and, ultimately, how this informs regulators, financiers and project developers to build the biocircular economy.
Book and claim
In a session that focuses on the practical implementation of book & claim as an essential bridge for hard-to-abate sectors, RSB will bring together fuel producers, users and buyers. During this session you can expect to explore:
- How the RSB Book & Claim System has been developed through a truly multi-stakeholder process – and how, today, it is being used to transfer thousands of tons of sustainable aviation fuel.
- How this testing ground works for other sectors, particularly maritime.
- How RSB’s model for registry recognition is supporting the development of globally accepted harmonised book and claim ecosystem with best practice assured.
- How RSB is working to increase trust on book and claim to a wider audience.
Examine how RSB’s ambitious sustainability framework can be put into practice by developing mechanisms that drive sustainability performance and create long-term positive impacts. Here, we explore two of our key innovative approaches that will advance meaningful social and environmental impacts. Those impacts are an essential outcome of the biocircular economy transition.
1. Sustainability certification
RSB has developed a disruptive and collaborative approach to certification: The RSB Impact Alliance. This new model is designed to scale climate action and sustainability impacts at the rapid rate required to meet global goals on decarbonisation and the climate crisis.
In this part of the session, we will hear from RSB’s key partners in developing this new approach. Join us for a deep dive on:
- How this new certification model will support producers to add an additional layer of sustainability ambition within their existing certification management systems.
- How this new model can support brands and other end users with an increased supply of sustainable raw materials and enable a more consistent approach to sustainable procurement.
- How the new model will work in practice with other certification systems to reduce red tape for operators while maintaining and demonstrating rigorous sustainability performance.
2. Incentivising positive impacts
Looking ahead, we explore how brands and end users can work with a credible sustainability framework to measure and claim positive social and environmental impacts created in their supply chains. In this session we will hear perspectives on:
- How impact indicators are developed across different metrics, including climate, water and soil.
- The growing demand for meaningful social impacts to be communicated to customers with robust claims.
- Opportunities to add value to products based on additional sustainability achievements.
Please note, the agenda will continue to be updated as we near the RSB Annual Conference 2023.
HOW TO REGISTER
RSB members will have already received a link to register via email. If you are an RSB member and have not yet received an invite to register, please email RSB Membership & Events Officer, Aléz Odendaal, at alez.odendaal [@] rsb.org.
Registrations are open and limited, and attendance at all events is free.
Should you register once tickets have sold out, you will be put on a waitlist.