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May 17, 2005
Pawlenty to Keynote at World Biofuels Symposium – China
While his trailblazing E20 proposal was streaming through the Minnesota state legislature in April, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, chair of the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition, made a commitment to share his state’s biofuels vision with advocates abroad this fall.
Pawlenty will be a keynote speaker at the 2005 World Biofuels Symposium – China, an international event being held in Beijing, Nov. 13-15. The Republican governor has mad it a top priority to be the first U.S. state to double its current E10 requirement by 2013, while also implementing a statewide biodiesel blend requirement (B2) later this year.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), Tsinghua University and BBI International have teamed up to offer a program that will address China’s intense desire for information about biofuels production technology. China’s use of transportation fuels—as well as its dependence on imported petroleum—is growing at an unprecedented rate, and officials there have indicated that increasing domestic energy production is an urgent priority.
Laying the groundwork for the Symposium, Kurt Markham, MDA director of Agricultural Marketing Services, Kathy Bryan, president of BBI International, and Dehau Liu, professor of Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University, along with his academic colleagues, met in Beijing in March to discuss energy topics important to China. Bryan said the research group is excited about the nation’s new energy legislation, which includes biofuels provisions that will become law in 2006. According to officials at Tsinghua University, private industry and government representatives are hungry for information about biofuels production technology, not only for China, but all of Asia.
While in China, Bryan and Markham met with Chinese agencies based in Beijing to involve them in the Symposium. Four people from the Energy Research Institute, National Development & Reform Commission of China, spent an afternoon discussing their agency’s work on policy support for energy efficiency; this group will be integral in developing biofuels wording in the new legislation. Professor Zhang Zhengmin, Chief Scientist for the Center for Renewable Energy Development, said that China wants to know more about U.S. and worldwide biofuels production.
“For those who want a greater understanding of the growing global biofuels industry, and for those who want an opportunity to form strategic alliances in Asia, the Symposium will provide the perfect platform,” Bryan said.
More information about the 2005 World Biofuels Symposium is available online at www.worldbiofuelssymposium.com.
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