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Transcript: Morning Session - Biofuels For Transportation Conference

Fri, 09 Jun 2006 20:27:36 +0000

WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BIOFUELS FOR TRANSPORTATION: GLOBAL POTENTIAL AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, ENERGY, AND SECURITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2006 CAPITOL HILL, WASHINGTON, D.C. PARTICIPANTS: CHRISTOPHER FLAVIN, PRESIDENT, WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE PETER CONZE, DIRECTOR GENERAL, DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FÜR TECHNISCHE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GTZ) KLAUS SCHARIOTH, AMBASSADOR OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PAUL D. WOLFOWITZ, PRESIDENT, THE WORLD BANK SUZANNE HUNT, BIOFUELS PROJECT MANAGER, WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE THOMAS DORR, U.S. UNDER SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE VIKTOR ELBLING, GERMAN FEDERAL FOREIGN OFFICE, DEPUTY CHIEF OF TASK FORCE ON ENERGY, HEAD OF THE DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY Transcript by: Federal News Service, Washington, D.C. For more on the report, read the complete press release, view selected trends and facts from the report, register (free) or log in to our site to download PDF files of the short and extended summaries, and view the conference schedule with PDF versions of the presentations. The full report will be available later in the year. CHRISTOPHER FLAVIN: It is a real pleasure to welcome all of you to the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill here today. My name is Chris Flavin. I’m president of the Worldwatch Institute, and it is our great honor and pleasure to be able to host this event on global biofuels and the potential to meet a variety of needs over the years to come. Let me say just a few words about the genesis of this project and the study that we’re releasing today. About a year and half ago we began discussions with the German minister of agriculture and the secretary of state in the Agriculture Ministry, and at the time biofuels were really just beginning to come onto the international scene in a serious way. The discussions we had were really looking beyond the sort of narrow issues about what technologies are developing, what are the market prospects, how is the lobbying going for incentives in different countries, to really looking in a much bolder and longer-term way at the unfolding potential of biofuels and what it ultimately could mean not just for the energy system, but for agriculture, for rural economies, for environmental trends – everything from global warming to the future of biodiversity – and we found it encouraging that we were even having this discussion with a ministry of agriculture rather than a ministry of energy where these kinds of questions have traditionally been more lodged. And what we ended up agreeing to over a period of two or three months was to come up with a project that was aimed at really exploring all of these aspects in a very interdisciplinary way and also, I must say, in a very international way. In the end, we brought together, under the able leadership of Suzanne Hunt, who has led this project for Worldwatch, a team of 15 researchers and writers, and they were then joined by – it must be something in the order of 100 reviewers and experts that helped us improve various drafts of the study. So this was, I think, fair to say, one of the most ambitious research projects ever undertaken on this set of issues particularly looking at it from an unusually broad interdisciplinary framework and looking at it on an international basis. We, of course, had very strong support and cooperation from the ministry of agriculture in Germany throughout the project and we also worked very closely with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, which has a long history of working closely in developing countries around the world and they played a leadership role, particularly on some individual case studies for some of the individual countries that were studied as a part of this project. I must say that the entire project and the research for the report ended up being a real eye-opener for all of us who have worked on it and I expect all of you will find a lot of new material and a lot of fresh insights as you dig into the material th[...]



Biofuels for Transportation: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy in the 21st Century

Wed, 07 Jun 2006 14:10:29 +0000

Biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel can significantly reduce global dependence on oil, according to a new report by the Worldwatch Institute, released in collaboration with the German Agencies for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Renewable Resources (FNR). Biofuels for Transportation: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy in the 21st Century, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), is a comprehensive assessment of the opportunities and risks associated with the large-scale international development of biofuels.Released September 2006 Biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel can significantly reduce global dependence on oil, according to a new report by the Worldwatch Institute, released in collaboration with the German Agencies for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Renewable Resources (FNR). Biofuels for Transportation: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy in the 21st Century, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), is a comprehensive assessment of the opportunities and risks associated with the large-scale international development of biofuels.Last year, world biofuel production surpassed 670,000 barrels per day, the equivalent of about 1 percent of the global transport fuel market. Although oil still accounts for more than 96 percent of transport fuel use, biofuel production has doubled since 2001 and is poised for even stronger growth as the industry responds to higher fuel prices and supportive government policies. “Coordinated action to expand biofuel markets and advance new technologies could relieve pressure on oil prices while strengthening agricultural economies and reducing climate-altering emissions,” says Worldwatch Institute President Christopher Flavin.For more on the report, read the complete press release, view selected trends and facts from the report, register (free) or log in to our site to download PDF files of the short and extended summaries, view a transcript from the morning session of the conference, and view the conference schedule with PDF versions of the presentations.View a transcript from the morning session of the Biofuels for Transportation International ConferenceThe full report will be published by Earthscan in August 2007. To order a copy, visit the Earthscan website. Off Featured on Program Area Page:  Off Featured on Homepage - Current Project Block:  Off Featured on Homepage - Featured Research Block:  Off AttachmentSize Biofuels for Transportation - Short Summary748 KB [...]


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