On 25-26 September 2013, E4tech Director Dr Ausilio Bauen will join biofuel industry players at Lignofuels 2013 in London to discuss ways to advance the development and roll-out of technologies for biorefineries in the light of the economic and policy context. Ausilio will provide the keynote address at the conference, discussing the status and prospects of the advanced biofuels industry.

On 29 August, E4tech’s Dr François Vuille will moderate a debate on the future of energy supply in rural areas at the eco.villages event in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. Eco.villages aims to be a neutral platform for discussion of economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable development pathways for villages – particularly in mountain regions. The 2nd edition of the event will look at the emerging sustainable economic sectors for villages, the cohesion between cities and villages, and will feature high profile speakers, including Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, Director of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic affairs; Bertrand Piccard, President of Solar Impulse; Michael Liebreich, CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance; and André Schneider, Vice-president of the EPFL.

An article and video are now available on E4tech Director Dr Ausilio Bauen's participation in a panel discussion on the role of the legislator and policy in the future of biofuels at the House of Commons as part of the Sustainable Resilience Series. The panel discussion touched on the sustainability of current biofuels activities, the uncertainties characterising the sector and how they affect the industry and policy-making, the need for a more evidence-based debate, and the importance of an energy and environmental policy framework that is conducive to sustainable biofuels.

E4tech Director Prof. David Hart will give the closing plenary of the 4th European PEFC & H2 Forum on Friday 5 July, addressing the question ‘If hydrogen is such a great solution, why is it taking so long?’. In his presentation David will explore technical, economic, social, and geopolitical reasons why a possible ‘hydrogen solution' to many of the problems we face today is not being promoted more enthusiastically, ending with some thoughts on how that might change.

Between the 16th and 19th of January, E4tech's Ausilio Bauen will join world leaders, international policy makers, industry leaders, investors, intellectuals and experts at the World Future Energy Summit 2012 in Abu Dhabi. Ausilio will moderate the 'Bioenergy: Biomass for Power Generation' panel of the Technology & Innovation Forum. Demand for biomass for power stations is growing globally, in particular in Europe and the US. International trade in a range of biomass feedstocks is growing. Sustainability certification is increasingly required for feedstocks.

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