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On October 24th and 25th, in São Paulo, Brazil will lead the Biofuture Summit 2017, an international event bringing together governments of 20 countries, representatives from the private sector and researchers to discuss the best ways to meet a challenge of relevance to the future of the planet: the creation of a large-scale, sustainable, low-carbon bioeconomy.

Discussions at the São Paulo Summit are expected to contribute to the draft of the Biofuture Vision Statement, which will be submitted for approval at COP 23, the international climate change meeting to be held in November, in Germany. The statement addresses the increased use of bioenergy, biofuels and advanced bioproducts as an alternative to fossil fuels in the mitigation of the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions.

Highlights of the summit will include RenovaBio program, which is being developed by the Brazilian Government and proposes an innovative policy on low carbon biofuels. Similar programs and policies implemented by the USA, India, Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy, among others, will also be presented and discussed directly by representatives of those countries.

The São Paulo summit is the first meeting of the Biofuture Platform, an international initiative currently coordinated by the Brazilian Government, which builds on the commitments established in the Rio+20 summit, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris Agreement. The  platform includes the most influential countries in advanced biofuel and biomaterial markets and innovation: Brazil, Argentina, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, the United States, the Philippines, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Paraguay, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Uruguay.

Biofuture Summit 2017

October 24-25 – Hotel Estanplaza International (R. Fernandes Moreira, 1293 – Chácara Santo Antônio, São Paulo – SP)

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Tuesday, October 24th


7h30 – 8h30 // Registration and Welcome Coffee

8h30 – 9h30 // Opening ceremony - Plenary (Sala Belém)

Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
Marina Grossi, President, CEBDS-WBCSD Brazil
Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforALL
Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Sakari Oksanen, Deputy Director General, IRENA
Roberto Jaguaribe, President, APEX-Brasil
José Sarney Filho, Minister of the Environment, Brazil
Geraldo Alckmin, Governor of the State of São Paulo

9h30 – 11h00 // Keynote Panel 1: Climate scenarios and the need to scale-up the advanced bioeconomy

Christian Zinglersen, Head of the Secretariat, Clean Energy Ministerial (moderator)
Sakari Oksanen, Deputy Director General, IRENA
Paolo Frankl, Head of Renewable Energy Division, IEA
Bernardo Gradin, CEO, Granbio, Brazil
Willian Feehery, President, Dupont Industrial Biosciences, USA

11h00 – 11h30 // Coffee Break

​11h30 – 13:00 // Keynote Panel 2: Overcoming current challenges and framing the policy options ahead

Francesco LaCamera, Director General for Sustainable Development, Energy and Climate, Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea, Italy (moderator)
Kees Kwant, IEA Bioenergy Chair, Netherlands
Rasmus Valanko, Director for Climate & Energy, World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Switzerland
Plinio Nastari, Civil Society Representative at CNPE, Brazil's National Council on Energy Policy, Brazil
Ramakrishna Y.B, Chairman of the Working Group on BioFuels, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, India

13h00 – 14h30 // Lunch Break

14h30 – 16h30 // Thematic Parallel Sessions 1

16h30 – 17h00 // Coffee Break

17h00 – 19h00 // Thematic Parallel Sessions 2

19h00 – 19h30 // Networking Cocktail

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