Program 2014

  • SEVENTH ANNUAL BERKELEY BIOECONOMY CONFERENCE:

    BIOFUEL AS PART OF A SUSTAINABLE STRATEGY*

     

    U.C. BERKELEY ALUMNI HOUSE

     

    MARCH 26 AND 27, 2014

     

     

    MARCH 26

     

    8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

    Welcome

     

    Keith Gilless, University of California at Berkeley

    David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley

     

    8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

    Session 1: Future of Biofuel in the United States

     

    • Bruce Babcock, Iowa State University, “What’s Up with EPA? The Politics and Economics of the E10 Blend Wall”

    • Jody Endres, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “The Role of Litigation in Hindering the Biofuels Sector in the U.S. and Future Prospects”

    • Scott Swinton, Michigan State University, “Prospects for Bioenergy Feedstock Production on Marginal Lands in the Great Lakes Region”

    • Firas Abu-Sneneh, Colin Carter, and Aaron Smith, University of California, Davis, “Why Is Corn Ethanol So Expensive?”

    Break

    11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Session 2: Second-generation Biofuel: Opportunities and Constraints

     

    • Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Risks and Opportunities with Second Generation Feedstocks”

    • Wally Tyner, Purdue University, “Techno-economic and Policy Analysis for Cellulosic Biofuels”

    • Paul Willems, BP and Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, “Second Generation Biofuels. Outlook, Issues and Opportunities”

    • Heather Youngs, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, “The Blend Wall and Other Constraints”

    Lunch

    12:45 p.m.

    Lunch Speaker

    Salim Morsy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, “Global Biofuel Investments and Outlook”

     

    2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    Session 3: Future of Biofuel in Brazil: Economics and the Environment

     

    Panel 1: Economics

    • Marcia Azanha F.D. Moraes, University of São Paulo, Brazil, “Future of Sugarcane Ethanol in Brazil: Policy and Politics”

    • Hector Nuñez, CIDE Region Centro, “The Political Economy of Biofuel and Cheap Oil Policies in Brazil”

    • Kenny Bell and David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley, “Greenhouse Gas Savings and Economic Feasibility of Ethanol Pipelines in Brazil: A Case Study”

    Break

    3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

    Panel 2: Agriculture and Sustainable Biofuels in Brazil

     

    • Avery Cohn, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, and Tufts University, and Chantal Toledo, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, “Pasture to Crop Transition Contracts in the Cerrado Region, Brazil”

    • Marcelo Galdos, Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, “Assessing the Impact of Land Use Change and Crop Management on Carbon Stocks and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Sugarcane Production in Brazil”

    • Daniel Capitani, Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, “Biofuels versus Food: How Much Can Brazilian Ethanol Production Affect Domestic Food Prices?”

     

    4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

    Session 4: Biofuel and the Economics of Renewable Resources: A Global Perspective

    • Jinhua Zhao, Michigan State University, “Are Renewable Energy Policies Climate Friendly? The Role of Capacity Constraints and Market Power”

    • Karl Steininger, University of Graz, Austria, “On the Economics of Biofuels and Solar Electricity Across the Americas”

     

    6:30 p.m.

    Reception for Conference Speakers

     

    7:00 p.m.

    Dinner for Conference Speakers

     

    7:30 p.m.

    Evening Speaker

     

    Chris Somerville, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, “The Emergence of Second-generation Biofuel”

     

     

    MARCH 27

     

    8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Session 1: Economics of Biotechnology

     

    • Carl Pray, Rutgers University, “Biotechnology and GMOs in China and India”

    • Sangeeta Bansal, University of California at Berkeley and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, “Consumer and Farmer Attitudes Towards New Agricultural Technologies: Evidence from India”

    • Jennifer Thomson, University of Cape Town, “GM Crops: An African Perspective”

    • Barbara Brandl, Pennsylvania State University, “The Political Economy of Technology: How Different Institutional Frameworks Shape Agricultural Innovations”

    Break

    10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Session 2: Climate Change, Development, and Biofuel

     

    • Sam Evans, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, “Brazil’s Forest Code: Implications for Forest Protection and Sugarcane Production”

    • Caroline Taylor, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, “Biofuels, Bio-products, and the Potential for Incubation in Developing Economies”

    • David Roland-Holst, University of California at Berkeley, “Motorization, Energy Security, and the Future of Brazilian Biofuel”

    • Govinda Timilsina, World Bank, “Analyzing Costs of GHG Mitigation through Use of Biodiesel from the Transport Sector in Nepal”

     

    Lunch

    1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Lunch Round Table: Agricultural Productivity and the Bioeconomy

    • David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley

    • Jennifer Thomson, University of Cape Town

    • John Miranowski, Iowa State University, “Extreme Weather, Biotechnology, and Agricultural Productivity”

     

    Break

    2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Session 3: Pricing and Regulation of Energy and Other Commodities

    • Justus Wesseler, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, “‘GM Free’ Labelled Food Products in the EU: Benefits, Costs, and Liabilities”

    • Karel Janda, Charles University in Prague, “Biofuels in Eastern Europe: Pricing of Biofuels and Related Commodities”

    • Steve Sexton, North Carolina State University, “Leveling the Playing Field for Transportation Fuels: Accounting for Indirect Emissions from Natural Gas”

    4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Session 4: Alternative Avenues to Improve Energy Efficiency

     

    • Hesham El-Enshasy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, “Cassava: A Potential Feedstock for Biorefinery Industries in Tropical and Subtropical Regions”

    • Gal Hochman, Rutgers University, “The Political Economy of Biofuel”

    • Marcelle McManus, University of Bath, United Kingdom, “The Use of LCA for the Development of Bioenergy Pathways”

    • Theodoros Zachariadis, Cyprus University of Technology, “Policy Options to Address Transportation Energy and Carbon Intensity in Europe: Striking the Balance”

     

     

    *Following the Conference, presentations will be available via the Conference Website (http://www.berkeleybioeconomy.com/). Those who are registered for the Conference will be notified by e-mail when the presentations have been posted.