The Brazilian Bioenergy Science and Technology Conference and the 20-country Biofuture Platform multilateral initiative have joined forces to bring together the world´s very best in policies, innovation, science and market outlook in the bioenergy and bioeconomy sectors, in a landmark event which will take place from May 24-26th, 2021.

This unique event will combine two different conferences in one: the second Biofuture Platform policy conference (BIOFUTURE SUMMIT II), and the fourth edition of the Brazilian Bioenergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST).

BBEST is a triannual international conference on bioenergy now in its fourth edition, after the very positive outcome from the previous versions in 2011, 2014 and 2017, attended by hundreds of researchers, entrepreneurs and government officials from Brazil and abroad. This time, besides covering relevant aspects of bioenergy, from biomass production to conversion and final use, the 2020-2021 edition will highlight innovation.

The first BIOFUTURE SUMMIT (São Paulo, 2017) was highly successful, gathering more than 47 speakers and 320 select delegates from 28 countries, including policy makers from the 20 Biofuture member governments, international organizations, private sector representatives, and experts in different fields, discussing how to put together policy, innovation and finance to create an enabling environment for the sustainable low carbon bioeconomy.

In line with this, BBEST 2020-21/BIOFUTURE SUMMIT II event will devote to discuss policy and the role of the low carbon bioeconomy in a sustainable world and the ways to reach it, including key debates related to finance, transport policy, demand and carbon internalization policies, and sustainability governance, that are important to foster bioenergy innovation in the context of sustainable development, considering the perspectives of all significant stakeholders. The event will have live webinars, plenary sessions, round tables and technical sessions with networking opportunities made possible through a virtual conferencing platform. The program will include highlights on technologies for agronomy, biotech and biomass growing; biofuel production and advanced biorefining; aviation and transport applications; sustainability and carbon cycle analysis, among others.

We intend to showcase state-of-the-art processes and products, an urgent policy debate, and new trends in using the bioeconomy to create value and actual environmental and social benefits. Modern bioenergy vectors, such as bioelectricity and liquid biofuels, are competitive and readily available options for the urgent energy transition towards renewable energy, as imposed by global and local environmental concerns, as well as an improver of rural sector economy, social development and national energy security, in industrialized and developing countries.

Glaucia Mendes Souza (USP, BIOEN) and

Luiz Augusto Horta Nogueira (NIPE/UNICAMP, BIOEN)
Renato Domith Godinho (Biofuture)

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