AFCC Conference Plenary Program
Plenary Program Information
There will be three plenaries with featured keynote opinion and thought leaders as they discuss the state of play for the areas of growth opportunities. Attendees will learn about the necessary factors to successful commercialization and decarbonization in sustainable aviation fuels, alternative fuels, renewable chemicals (includes bioplastics), biomaterials, food ingredients and additives, flavors and fragrances, alternative proteins, and regenerative agriculture.
The plenaries at the conference will include diverse and dynamic speakers, a broad range of content from keynotes to panel discussions and innovation for a sustainable future. All other sessions will stop for the plenaries.
Lunch Plenary Session, Monday, November 13, 11:45 to 1:15 PM (ET) - Cherry Blossom Ballroom
Opening Remarks from The Honorable Edwards, Governor of Louisiana
Introductory Remarks from The Honorable Pillen, Governor of Nebraska
Global Energy Transition Building the Circular Biobased Economy
The global energy transition is driven by the urgency to reduce carbon emissions and reconstruct a clean energy economy. This transition is impossible without new, innovative technologies, business models, and commitment to infrastructure biobased manufacturing development. AFCC’s member companies are at the forefront of the energy transition whether it is biofuels, renewable chemicals, or biobased products. We believe that their innovations will play a critical role in creating a more sustainable future for all. Focus on advancing biobased manufacturing in regionality is one example that will be part of the conversation from leaders in the sector.
Breakfast Plenary Session, Tuesday, November 14, 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM (ET) - Cherry Blossom Ballroom
Opening Remarks from The Honorable Carney, Governor of Delaware (invited)
Sustainable Renewable Specialty Chemicals for Well-being
Moderator: Dr. David Demirjian, President & CEO of zuChem, President of Midwest Bioprocessing
Head of Science
Consumers are increasingly seeking products with natural or renewable ingredients, enhanced performance qualities, or environmental benefits. The use of industrial biotechnology presents an opportunity to meet these consumer demands. The use of renewable resources in the production of flavors, fragrances, personal care, cosmetics, additives with enhanced performance qualities providing benefits to well-being is becoming more a need from consumers. This is providing a challenge to manufacturers seeking to keep consumer goods at competitive costs. Panelists representing the renewable specialty chemicals segment will provide insight on innovative technologies to scale, challenges in the supply chain, and capital investments for building small-scale production plants.
Lunch Plenary Session, Tuesday, November 14, 11:45 to 1:15 PM (ET) - Cherry Blossom Ballroom
Opening Remarks: Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg (invited)
What are the SAF Transportation Gaps and Solutions?
Moderator: Steve Csonka, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
Senior Advisor and Nominated Assistant Secretary, DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Aviation and International Affairs
Global Vice Presidency Transport
The World Bank
Vice President, Renewable Aviation
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy
The leaders for the panels will engage in conversations of the recent policy benefits in the passage of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) 2022, continued needs in the sector, accounting for carbon emissions reaching the goals set for 2050 and SAF Grand Challenge. Engaging in the discussion are policy makers and producers outlining what has been done in cementing environmental footprint, challenges, solutions, and how to overcome gaps in this sector.