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Transition to a Bioeconomy: Global Trade and Policy Issues

March 30-31, 2009
Westin Washington, D.C. City Center Hotel

Trade and policy issues in the global bioeconomy were examined at the conference, Transition to a Bioeconomy: Global Trade Issues, March 30-31, 2009, at the Westin City Center Hotel, Washington, D.C.  This conference was a collaboration of Farm Foundation, USDA's Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, and USDA's Economic Research Service.

The  conference featured policy makers, energy industry representatives and academics addressing global energy markets, trade in energy technologies, and the interactions of energy policies, food systems and global trade.  A panel of industry leaders provided perspectives on the future of energy and public policies.  Presentations from conference speakers are posted below. Link to briefings of the conference discussions, or the  Executive Summary.

By their very nature, most current bioenergy policies worldwide have a domestic, rather than a global orientation.  These policies are often protectionist in nature, reflecting the importance of energy security to individual nations.  Such policies have the potential to generate global trade friction. As the global bioeconomy continues to evolve, increasing attention will need to be paid to the impact of bioenergy policies on trade and trade policy.

This is the fourth conference in the Transition to a Bioeconomy series.   These conferences are designed to improve understanding of the evolving bioeconomy by providing an inventory of current knowledge and identifying challenges and opportunities in the future.  Presentations and proceedings are available for the previous conferences in the series:

The last conference in the Transition to a Bioeconomy series, will focus on tools for Extension.  It will be June 30-July 1 in Little Rock, Ark.

Transition to a Bioeconomy: Global Trade and Policy Issues
The Global Energy Market
2009 Global Energy Outlook
 Michael Schaal, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration

2009 Policy Options for the United States and European Union
 Wallace Tyner, Purdue University

ATechnical Global Biofuels Analysis
 Thomas Alfstad, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Outlook for Energy Alternatives
 John Reilly, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Food Systems and Energy Policies
How global energy policies impact poverty
 Tom Hertel, Purdue University

How Ethanol May Reshape Global Meat Trading Patterns
 Al Mussell, George Morris Centre, University of Guelph


Global Impacts of Biofuels Policies

Impacts of EU Mandates for Renewable Energy

 Laurent Javaudin, Delegation of the European Commission to the United States


Gasoline, OPEC and the Optimal Export Tax Paradigm

 David Zilberman, University of California, Berkley


Context-Dependent Trade Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policies

 Seth Meyer, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute


Industry Perspectives on the Future of Energy and Public Policies

Panel members:

 Joel Velasco, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association

 Paul Willems, BP Energy Biosciences Institute

Mark Willers, Minwind Energy

 Manning Feraci, National Biodiesel Board

Trade in Energy Technologies
Commercializing Gasification/Fermentation Technology

 Mark Dietzen, INEOS Bio








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