WEC Congres | Next Generation Biofuels: Rescaling Ambition

Biofuels have gone through an intense decade with controversy around food in the tank and good versus bad biofuels, excitement around 2nd generation technology, stop & go subsidies, and mandatory fuel mix contributions in the Americas, Europe and parts of Asia. The sector has learnt to cope with different realities around the world. Liquid biofuels for transport have become part of fuel security strategies, climate change mitigation efforts and rural development support schemes. Conventional biofuels (also referred to as first generation biofuels, usually including ethanol from corn, sugarcane etc. and biodiesel from canola, jatropha etc.) have reached a global production volume of more than 100 billion litres annually. To complement the conventional biofuels, recent advances are focused on the next generation of biofuels. Advanced biofuels, generally referred to as second or third generation biofuels are produced from a broad spectrum of predominantly non-edible biomass feedstock.


  1. What are latest updates and success stories on 2nd generation biofuels?
  2. Where are biofuels thriving most successfully and what are the enabling factors?
  3. What is the biofuels outlook in an increasingly carbon constrained and water stressed world?
  4. What are showcases of sustainable biofuel?
Discussion Leader(s): Zurina Amnan, Chief Executive Officer, Bionas, Malaysia ; Abubakar Sani Sambo, Special Adviser to the President; Vice Chair for Africa, Government of Nigeria; World Energy Council, NigeriaRemigijus Lapinskas, President, World Bioenergy Association, Sweden
Topic: Technology frontiers