From Feedstock to Fuel: Securing Supply Chains for a Sustainable Bioeconomy in Africa
In a volatile energy market caused by Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, coupled with decarbonization efforts, biofuels and bio-based products offer a sustainable and low-carbon solution to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels. As the United States and Europe work quickly to decarbonize air travel and electrify ground transportation, African nations are exploring applications of biofuels to meet immediate energy consumption needs without raising carbon emissions. In particular, biofuels can help reduce African dependence on petroleum and charcoal for transportation, chemicals, materials, and cooking fuels. The bioeconomy presents an opportunity for sustainable investment in African countries that are working to decarbonize while simultaneously accelerating economic growth.
The key to a productive bioeconomy is a sustainable supply chain from feedstock production to fuel distribution. Cooperation amongst stakeholders throughout the supply chain – including farmers, refiners, policy makers, and downstream users – combined with policy interventions and incentives contributes to the success of a viable bioeconomy. Included in this discussion will be a presentation from John Mayes, Vice-President of Industry, Analysis, and Special Studies at Tuner, Mason & Company to share key findings from the Nigeria Fuel Ethanol Cost-Benefit Analysis Study.
During this private discussion, experts will discuss the economic benefits of blended fuels, opportunities to strengthen supply chains for biofuels, and the dual imperative of reducing poverty while stimulating green growth throughout the African continent. How can biofuel refineries work with governments and national oil companies to secure a sustainable supply chain? How can blended ethanol fuels reduce the cost of transportation for African consumers? What are opportunities to create a secondary income source for farmers to produce feedstock for biofuels that aren’t in competition with food production?
Presentation: Nigeria fuel ethanol cost-benefit analysis
- John Mayes, Vice-President, Industry, Analysis & Special Studies, Turner, Mason & Company
Panel discussion with:
- Benjamin Boakye, Executive Director, Africa Centre for Energy Policy
- Glaucia Mendes Souza, Professor, Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo
- Zuba Mwanza, Program Officer, UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Additional speakers to be announced
- Aubrey Hruby, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Africa Center, Atlantic Council
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