The NSW Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable brought together Australian and American experts from the agricultural, aviation, maritime and defence sectors. They considered a NSW-based approach to this emerging industry, as well as public policy frameworks that will enable the industry to achieve its full potential, maximize the State’s existing competitive advantages and add value to the State’s resources and economy. The experts discussed how to leverage the US Navy’s interest in sailing the Great Green Fleet into Sydney Harbour in 2016 and the success of the Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum that the US Studies Centre convened in February 2012.

This roundtable was sponosred by the Dow Sustainability Program at the United States Studies Centre and the NSW Government.


The Role of Advanced Biofuels in Meeting Transport Energy Needs and Market Demand

Moderator: Brendan George, Industry Leader Bioenergy & Private Forestry, Rural Climate Solutions (UNE and NSW DPI)

The Global Advanced Biofuels Industry - Susan Pond, Chair, Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels, United States Studies Centre

Learning from U.S. State-based Initiatives - Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

Perspectives from the United States Pacific Command - Joelle Simonpietri, Senior Analyst, US Pacific Command Energy Office

Current NSW Biofuels Programs and Future Directions - Greg McDowall, Director, Biofuels, Division of Resources and Energy, NSW Government

Scalable, Sustainable Feedstock Supply Chains

Moderator: Georgina Kelly, Research Leader Climate in PI & Director Forest Science Centre, NSW Dept. Primary Industries

NSW actions, opportunities and the national bioenergy strategy - Brendan George, Industry Leader Bioenergy & Private Forestry, Rural Climate Solutions (UNE and NSW DPI)

US Experience in Large-Scale Agricultural Production of Biomass for Advanced Biofuels - Jeffrey Steiner, National Program Leader, Biomass Production Systems, USDA

The View from a NSW Advanced Biofuels Company - Steven Rogers, Business Development Manager, Licella

Biomass from NSW Forests - Nick Cameron, Carbon & Services Marketing Manager, Forestry Corporation of NSW

Feedstocks and Sustainable Advanced Biofuels in NSW - Deborah O’Connell, Research Scientist & Systems Analyst, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems