PETROCHEMICALS: Biofuels Leaders On Sustainability
Recent Western Cape Business News
Stakeholders and leading thinkers involved in planning around the sustainable future of biofuels in Africa will meet in Stellenbosch, in March 2010 for the African Bioenergy Convention.
The African Convention, which takes place from 17-19 March 2010, is the second in a series of five conventions held around the world as part of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project (GSB).
The GSB project is a worldwide initiative that aims to provide clear-cut guidelines, strategy and policies on the feasibility of large scale sustainable bioenergy production.
“The GSP wants to establish once and for all whether large-scale production of bioenergy is possible and, at the same time, can also benefit both humanity and the environment,” says one of the African convention organisers, Prof Emile van Zyl of Stellenbosch University (South Africa).
The event will provide a unique platform for stakeholders and scientific experts to actively discuss and plan together around the future of biofuels within an African context. Issues such as the preservation of wildlife habitat, environmental quality, food security, research topics and possibilities will be taken into account to ensure sustainability.
Prof Van Zyl is joined on the organising committee by Prof August Temu of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) to chair the African Convention with Prof Lee Lynd of Dartmouth College in the USA as leader of the GSB Project.
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