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World Biofuels Symposium
November 13-15, 2005
Beijing, China

2nd Annual Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit
December 13-15, 2005
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted by:
Candadian Renewable Fuels Association

National Biodiesel Conference & Expo 2006
February 5-8, 200
San Diego, California
National Biodiesel Board

11th Annual National Ethanol Conference: "Policy & Marketing"
February 20-22, 200
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Sponsored by:
Renewable Fuels Association

22nd Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo
June 20-23, 200
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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November 30, 2005

China Steps onto the Stage of World Renewable Fuels Production

China’s commitment to an aggressive biofuels program consequently was the focus of the November 13-15, 2005 World Biofuels Symposium – China. Tsinghua University, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and BBI International co-hosted the symposium in Beijing at the Peninsula Palace Beijing Hotel. A diverse audience of nearly 250 included representatives from China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, Austria, Sweden, Germany, the United States and Canada.

The World Biofuels Symposium featured Governor Pawlenty, giving a keynote address where he encouraged countries to “work collectively to find an energy solution that reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and on unstable sources of oil.” Pawlenty also suggested that, “We need to re-evaluate the way the world produces and consumes energy. We need a new approach for achieving a more sustainable global energy policy. We need a very aggressive and very bold initiative that will encourage the production and use of renewable fuels.”

He spoke directly of China saying, “As this nation emerges as the economic power it’s destined to become, it will be especially important to get the energy strategies right.” Concluding, he offered Minnesota’s experience with biofuels to serve as an example.

Chinese speakers at the Symposium talked about the sense of urgency and commitment by policy makers to creating a strong renewable fuels program in the country. Feedstocks for biofuels production in China are the most significant issue. With over a billion people in the country, corn and other grains are not likely to support a biofuels industry. Non-traditional sources such as municipal waste, manure and other biomass feedstocks will need to be developed.

China is committed to development of renewable fuels. They see the need to improve air quality and find a supplement and ultimately a replacement for fossil fuels, while improving their rural economy.

Over 50 Symposium delegates had the unique opportunity to tour the Jilin Fuel Alcohol Co., LTD, one of the largest ethanol plants in the world. The tour was hosted by Jilin Fuel Alcohol Co. and the City of Jilin. The plant employs 527 people and has an economic impact of $250 million. It utilizes corn from a 100-kilometer radius of the plant. The demand for ethanol has gone way beyond the original capacity for the plant, so they are planning an expansion to nearly double production. The plant will focus on utilizing other feedstocks, including cellulosic materials. Jilin Province is a major corn producing center in China. In fact, it produces enough corn to supply 10 more ethanol plants; the limiting factor right now is the ethanol market.

The 2005 World Biofuels Symposium was sponsored by:
China Resources Alcohol Co., LTD – Title Sponsor
University of Minnesota/Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment
Genencor International
Fremont Industries
United Bio Energy, LLC
ICM, Inc.
Ethanol Producer Magazine
Biotechnology Industry Organization
U.S. Grains Council


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