Welcome to the World Climate Summit 2015

Building a sustainable bioeconomy

Harnessing the potential of bio-based products and fuels to mitigate climate change

Building a sustainable bioeconomy

  • Provide informal input into the COP21 agenda from a range of bio innovation stakeholders
  • Showcase the potential of biobased products and alternative low carbon fuels to help fight climate change
  • Identify policy measures that can enable the low carbon economy and solve the problem of climate change
14:00 - 14:05 Introductory remarks

  • Stephanie Batchelor, Director, State & International Policy, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
14:05 - 14:25 Key note presentations

  • Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment & Climate Change, Government of Ontario, Canada
  • Barend Verachtert, Deputy Head of Unit, Biobased Products and Processes, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
14:25 - 15:15

Interactive Panel discussionThe lead speaker will be asked to present the topic while the responders will be asked to reflect and comment on the points raisedModerator

  • Robert Wright, Secretary-General, European renewable ethanol association (ePURE)
Bioproducts (25 minutes)Lead:

  • Marcel Wubbolts, Chief Technology Officer, Royal DSM


  • James Philp, Policy Analyst, OECD
Biofuels (25 minutes)Lead:

  • Elizabeth Farina, President and CEO, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA)


  • Gerard Ostheimer, Global Lead for Sustainable Bioenergy, UN Sustainable Energy For All Initiative
  • Jeroen van Campen, Global Lead, Cellulosic Ethanol Licensing, DuPont
15:15 - 15:25 Q & A with the audience
15:25 - 15:30 Conclusions

  • Géraldine Kutas, Head of International Affairs, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA)



Event Organisers:

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE), US Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) and Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) are part of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), a non-profit global biofuels federation representing members from 44 different countries and over 65% of global renewable fuels. The GRFA and its members are committed to promoting the use of sustainable, renewable fuels as a means to reducing the damaging climate impacts of global transport emissions.

The Biotechnology Industry Association (BIO) is the world’s largest trade organisation representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in the US and in more than 30 other nations. EuropaBio is the European Association for Bioindustries and its membership composes 60 member companies, 13 associate members and Bio-regions, and 16 national biotechnology associations. Its mission is to create an innovative and dynamic biotechnology-based industry in Europe.