The fourth annual Bundaberg Bioeconomy Conference has provided a platform for experts to exchange ideas, share best practices and explore innovative solutions.
The two-day event, held at the Bundaberg Multiplex from 24 to 25 October, provided researchers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their achievements and share their vision for the future in reducing waste and supporting a circular economy.
The conference also highlighted the growing importance of bioeconomy and its potential to revolutionise various industries.
Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said this year’s Bundaberg Bioeconomy Conference was bigger than ever and it emphasised the importance of sustainability and renewable resources, which was aimed at reducing not only the local community’s carbon footprint, but the nation's.
“Bundaberg is uniquely positioned to lead the way in sustainable development and the bioeconomy,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Our rich agricultural heritage and commitment to environmental preservation makes this region the perfect setting for pioneering eco-friendly initiatives.
“The Bundaberg Bioeconomy Conference was a chance for local and international industry experts on bioeconomy to discuss opportunities for investment in regional Queensland.”
Mayor Dempsey said to enable bioeconomy to grow within the Bundaberg Region it was vital to understand new and evolving technology, emerging sustainable products and energy sources with a view to using less carbon.
“As our region moves towards net zero over the coming years, we will see the adoption of new technologies, creation of new jobs and the transition to sustainable energy solutions,” he said.
“It is no secret Bundaberg possesses the ideal ingredients to help support the movement to sustainable liquid fuels with its rich supply of feedstock, a safe and expansive water port and easy access to growing domestic markets.”
This year’s Bundaberg Bioeconomy Conference included an open panel and keynote guest speakers as follows:
- Terri Butler Chair of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Alliance Australia and New Zealand
- Joanne Paterson, Director, Biofutures Emerging Industries
- Joseph Oliver, Managing Director and Co-Founder Delorean Corporation
- Jordan McCollum, National Policy Manager, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association
- Jarrod Irving, Senior Advisor, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group
- Keith Sharp, Engineering Manager, Tfa Project Group
- Dr Florian Graichen, Manager, Scion Research
- Jim Snow, Executive Director, Oakley Greenwood
- Katja Lyons, Biogas consultant and technical advisor Australia and New Zealand
- Rolf Karst, Investment Director for the Netherlands, Austrade
- Michael Groves, CEO Topolytics
- David Johnston, General Manager, Jet Zero
- Victoria Sherwood, Licella’s Executive General Manager Asia and Australasia
- Dr Jo-Anne Blinco, Biorefinery Research Facility (BRF) Manager at QUT
- Mike Davis, Managing Director, Optimal Renewable Gas
- Dan Rosauer, Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO
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