Biofuels and Bioenergy: Challenges and Opportunities

27 Aug, 2006 - 30 Aug, 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada

A multitaskk IEA Bioenergy Conference, entitled “Biofuels and Bioenergy: Challenges and Opportunities” was jointly organized by IEA Bioenergy Tasks 29, 31, and 39, and hosted by the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.  Meeting sponsors included IEA Bioenergy, Natural Resources Canada, the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and the BC Ministry of Forests and Range. The conference brought together more than 130 experts from seventeen countries around the world, plus an additional group of local colleagues. Participants from North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa brought unique perspectives and helped catalogue the technical and political challenges facing the biofuels and bioenergy sectors.

Conference Agenda
Conference Proceedings
Opening Plenary: 
Hall – Welcome to IEA Bioenergy
Benskin – Welcome to British Columbia 
Saddler – Welcome to the Faculty of Forestry, UBC
Plenary 1 – Business opportunities in bioenergy (Chair: Avrim Lazar)
Kåberger – International growth in the wood pellet industry 
Sidwell – Developing value-added biorefineries in the UK 
Plenary 2 – Bioenergy to meet political challenges (Chair: Hosny El-Lakany)
Snetsinger – The mountain pine beetle: A forestry challenge
Erbach – Billion ton challenge: Meeting bioenergy fibre needs
Kaempf – Biomass technologies roadmap: Lessons
O’Connor – Meeting political and economic goals with biofuels
Plenary 3 – Sustainability and renewability (Chair: Jim Richardson)
El-Lakany – International perspectives on bioenergy and forestryCampbell -IEA and Canadian perspectives on bioenergy S&TLayzell – Sustainable bioeconomies: Opportunities/challenges
Plenary 4 – Moving forward (Chair: Jack Saddler)
Beaty – Gasification – new era of energy for the forest industry
Cherry – Developing novel enzymes for biofuel production
Wyman -Pretreatment: Unlocking low cost cellulosic ethanol 
Kimmins – Ecosystem management non-timber forest products
After-dinner Speaker
Innes – Climate change, bioenergy and forests


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Parallel Session 1 Environmental issues (Chair: Andrew Weatherall)Curran – North American progress towards biomass removalHowes – Soil resource concerns in the Pacific Northwest  

Asikainen – Applicability, competitiveness and impacts

Biomass feedstock supply (Chair: Jim Richardson)Mani – Potential of using MPB-infested wood for pelletsMead – The role of plantations in bioenergy supply 

Abbas – Guidelines for forest biomass harvesting

Schweinle – Potential supply from sustainable forestry

Feedstock supply & operations I (Chair: Brian McCloy)Gjølsjø – Biofuel from regenerating forest and thinningsYoshioka – GIS-based cost analysis of forest biomass in Japan 

Sokhansanj – Development of a dynamic logistics model

Feedstock supply & operations II (Chair: Shahab Sokhansanj)

Laitila – Cost structure of forest energy supply chains / Finland

Johansson – Analysis of a self-loading road transport system

Parallel Session 2 Socio-economic and policy issues I (Chair: Julije Domac) 

Socio-economic and policy issues II (Chair: Keith Richards) 

Biofuel production issues I (Chair: Bill Cruickshank) 

Bennett – Levoglucosan

Biofuel production issues II (Chair: Mo Mohamed)
Bettiga – Development of pentose fermenting yeast strainsvon Weymarn – Production of bioethanol from lignocellulosics
Parallel Session 3 Biofuel implementation (Chair: Manfred Wörgetter)
Benemann – Techno-economic assessment 

International biofuels (Chair: Charles Wyman)
Wörgetter – Worldwide development of biodiesel 

Environmental issues I (Chair: Terry McIntyre)
Carter- Soil characteristics of loblolly decline sites in Alabama
Sanchez – Forest slash and soil carbon
Kumarappan – Emissions trading opportunities
Olsson – Nutrient mass balance of whole-tree harvesting
Environmental issues II (Chair: Tat Smith)
McIntyre – Ecological ‘footprint’ of ethanol and biodiesel
Weatherall – Tracing nitrogen from decomposing harvest residues