Calif. industry event to focus on biodiesel's unique benefits

By The California Biodiesel Alliance | January 16, 2015

The fourth annual California Biodiesel Conference, presented by the California Biodiesel Alliance, will be held Feb. 4 at the Capitol Ballroom in downtown Sacramento, Calif. The conference, entitled Understanding the Unique Benefits and Regulatory Landscape of Biodiesel—California's Advanced Biofuel, will showcase biodiesel’s profile as a sustainable, cleaner burning alternative fuel bringing health and economic benefits to California, including those communities most in need.

CBA is honored to offer presentations by keynote speaker Fran Pavley, the author of AB 32, California’s master carbon reduction legislation, and featured speaker Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. The conference enjoys the generous sponsorship of the National Biodiesel Board and REG (Gold); EcoEngineers (Silver); and Biodico and The Jacobsen (Bronze).

As an advanced biofuel, biodiesel is a key element in the success of our nation’s efforts under the EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) to combat global warming because it is a renewable fuel that lowers greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50 percent. In California, where a greater percentage of biodiesel is made from second-use feedstocks, biodiesel’s even lower GHG emissions profile also makes it a recognized key to the success of the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS), the state’s bellwether carbon reduction program.

CBA is privileged to be able to begin the conference with a robust panel discussion on the focus of the day, entitled The Environmental, Health and Economic Benefits of Biodiesel. Bringing the latest national expertise, this panel also includes presentations by some of the state’s most respected environmental advocates.

Two morning panels on California’s Regulatory Environment for biodiesel will provide both a broad view and important details of new developments. Regulatory and funding issues will be discussed by high-level state agency staff at the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and that agency’s Division of Measurement Standards, and the state office of the USDA.

On the panel Clean Fuel Standards: Biodiesel's Key Role in States and in the Region, industry and environmental leaders will discuss the success of other states' biodiesel policies and the development of low carbon transportation fuels policies in the regional agreement that aims to integrate climate change and energy strategies for the entire West Coast of North America. 

Finally, attendees will be able to take a deep dive into some exciting new developments and technical issues with the speakers of the last panel entitled Feedstocks, Pathways, and Innovations in the Field.

All conference attendees are encouraged to attend an open CBA member meeting after the conference from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to learn more about CBA’s policy activities and plans for the future.

For the full conference agenda and to register, click here.  

This event is co-located with the 2015 Clean, Low Carbon Fuels Summit to be held Feb. 3 at the Capitol Ballroom.



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