Sustainability Symposium - Wednesday, February 8, 2012
SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM - NEW IN 2012!!
All full registrants of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo will receive a complimentary ticket for admission to the Sustainability Symposium.
Thank you for visiting the National Biodiesel Conference site. Attendee/ Exhibit Staff registration is now closed. You may register onsite as of Sunday, February 5th. If you have immediate questions please contact Executive Events at 1-877-433-3976.
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Introduced by: Rachel Burton, Piedmont Biofuels, Sustainable Biodiesel Summit, NBB Sustainability Task Force
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Atmospheric CO2 has increased drastically since the industrial revolution, and will continue to rise as fossil carbon is extracted and burned for energy. Experts say current and future effects of greenhouse gases will have devastating consequences. What energy options are suitable for reducing greenhouse gases? The lifecycle emission of biodiesel will be examined, including indirect impacts of land use change. The understanding of indirect impacts has improved under scrutiny of world experts. Get up-to-date on the latest findings, and find a renewed focus for solving our potential climate change problem.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Petroleum reserves are dwindling. However, long before we run out of oil, we will find the cost too high to bear. The U.S. spends a billion dollars a day on imported petroleum. Beyond the economic cost, what are the social and political consequences of reliance on foreign oil, or any single source of energy? How are the economic benefits of biodiesel quantified? What are some of the other social benefits of renewable, decentralized, diversified, and domestic sources of energy?
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Can we produce renewable fuels without mining the resources essential to their production? Renewable fuels require interaction with soil, water, and air resources. This interaction must be sustainable, or we have gained little advantage over non-renewable sources of energy. How can diversifying energy feedstocks reduce and even improve environmental impacts?
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Food production and distribution are dependent on energy. Renewable forms of energy make food production more sustainable in the long run. Learn how the use of coproducts of food production used for bioenergy reduces the cost of protein and increases the long term stability and efficiency of food production. Learn how integrated food and energy production can make efficient use of land as agriculture lives up to its full potential. Hear how scientific leaders quantify the land needed for renewable fuel production and how that impacts the economics of food and livestock feed.