India hosts global conference on advanced biofuels

The two day international conference on sustainable biofuels is being jointly organized by the Indian Government’s Department of Biotechnology and Ireland-based BioFuture; Event to attract experts and delegates from 19 countries

February 26, 2018

The event will enable participating countries to exchange their experience and share the industry best practices for development and commercialization of advanced biofuels.

Sustainable biofuels can reduce the greenhouse gases emission and this led to establishment of Sustainable Biofuel Innovation Challenge (SBIC) under Mission Innovation (MI).

Mission Innovation is a global initiative to employ public and private resources to address climate change, make clean energy affordable to consumers, and create green jobs.

Advanced or second-generation biofuels produced from non-food biomass materials and specially grown high yielding plants or algae can significantly reduce emissions.

The Indian Government’s Department of Biotechnology and BioFuture, an Ireland-based clean fuel promotional platform, is jointly hosting an international conference on sustainable biofuels over February 26-27. The event is bringing together experts and delegates from 19 countries to discuss the current knowledge in the sustainable biofuels sector, while sharing best practices as well as building consensus on the actions most needed to move forward. A member of the NITI Aayog, a policy think tank of the Indian Government, VK Saraswat, an Indian scientist who has formerly served as the Director General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), said at the inaugural event said that collective wisdom of all participating nations can foster clean energy Emission revolution.

Mr Saraswat further highlighted that the event will enable participating countries to exchange their experience and information in the development and commercialization of advanced biofuels. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science and Technology, highlighted India’s progress in all the seven Mission Innovation Challenges and the country workshops organized in the field. He also praised the willingness of investors and industries to take forward the leads provided by research and development community. The member countries have pledged to work together to meet the objective of producing at scale affordable advanced Biofuels. This is the largest multilateral platform to promote research, development and promotion of clean energy.

Use of fossil fuels for transportation contributes significantly to global greenhouse gases (GHG) emission. The sustainable biofuels have the ability to reduce the GHG emission load and this led to establishment of Sustainable Biofuel Innovation Challenge (SBIC) under the Mission Innovation (MI). Mission Innovation is a global initiative to accelerate public and private clean energy innovation to address climate change, make clean energy affordable to consumers, and create green jobs and commercial opportunities. Advanced or second-generation biofuels produced from non-food biomass materials and specially grown high yielding plants or algae, if managed sustainably can significantly reduce emissions. The sustainable biofuel innovation aims to accelerate research, development of low cost, high GHG impacting biofuels.