Main Educational Subjects
Main Educational Subject Tracks
at the AFCC Conference
The main subject tracks listed below will be discussed at the:
New and emerging biobased processes to produce renewable chemicals and bioplastics will provide innovative, viable, and most importantly, sustainable alternatives from sustainable feedstocks. Companies are striving to design 100% bioplastics which are recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable, and at the same time decarbonizing.
As more companies focus on reducing their dependence on crude oil and reducing the amount of waste in landfills and oceans, downstream users are seeking cost-effective, biobased alternatives for packaging, cosmetic ingredients, and other uses. Governments and industry organizations are influencing the transition with standards or regulations either encouraging or mandating the use of environmentally friendly biobased products. Consumers also are demanding greener and safer products.
2. Sustainable Feedstocks and Biofuels Providing Decarbonization
Renewable feedstocks for the production of sustainable aviation fuels, advanced and cellulosic biofuels, and other alternative fuels for the transportation industry. New climate smart technologies displacing fossil derived transportation fuels, with the advantage of providing carbon from renewable sources and methods of decarbonization.
America’s farms were struggling just to make a profit even before the COVID-19 pandemic, but regenerative agriculture practices replacing long-ignored soil practices could provide new revenue opportunities and long-term profitability for thousands of hard-hit farms across the U.S.
3. Flavors, Fragrances and Alternative Proteins for Food
Synthetic biology is a field of science that involves redesigning organisms for useful purposes by engineering them to have new abilities to produce flavors, fragrances, alternative proteins from regenerative agriculture.
Synthetic biology researchers and companies around the world are harnessing the power of nature to solve problems in medicine, biobased manufacturing, and agriculture to build a resilient biobased economy. The impact on cleaning and protecting our planet with emerging climate smart technologies supports the sector as it provides solutions to build greener supply chains.