"Sustainable Bioenergy: Challenges & Opportunities" Conference Opens in Bonn
Meeting to focus on development of biofuels wordlwide
Bonn, Germany — October 11, 2006
The United Nations Foundation and the German NGO Forum on Environment & Development today announced the opening of the Sustainable Bioenergy conference in Bonn, Germany. The two-day conference, held Oct.12-13 at the Altes Wasserwerk (former German Parliament building), brings together experts from governments, NGOs, business and science for a series of meetings, workshops and speeches looking at opportunities for bioenergy, assessing sustainability challenges, and identifying viable solutions for responsible utilization of these important renewable energy sources.
“This conference is taking place at a time of growing energy supply insecurity, high oil prices and the detrimental impacts of climate change,” said Melinda Kimble, the head of the United Nation Foundation’s International Biofuels Initiative. “In this context, the large-scale use bioenergy such as biofuels and biomass will play a major role in future energy policy scenarios worldwide. The Bonn conference is the first time that so many stakeholders coming from different horizons get together to assess the potential of this rapidly developing energy sector and the global market already taking shape, and work on sustainability criteria while keeping environmental integrity as a priority.”