[ad#The Buzz Sponsor Ad]

Sustainability Potential Highlights ABS Day Two

September 26, 2012
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

C.J. Warner, Chairman and CEO of Sapphire Energy, noted in her address to the ABS that Sapphire’s Green Crude Farm in Columbus, New Mexico created over 600 jobs in one of the state’s poorest communities.

C.J. Warner, Chairman and CEO of Sapphire Energy, noted in her address to the ABS that Sapphire’s Green Crude Farm in Columbus, New Mexico created over 600 jobs in one of the state’s poorest communities.

Day two of the 2011 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) and the world’s largest algae industry gathering, was highlighted by discussions about algae’s unique ability to address sustainability challenges while serving as a source of renewable, domestically produced food, fuel and other products.  The impressive progress of the industry over the past few years has brought attention from governments and investors around the world, and conference attendees spent most of the day discussing how to leverage the progress to-date.

L. Hunter Lovins, President of Natural Capitalism Solutions urged attendees during a morning keynote address to envision the algae industry as one solution to global challenges that include food shortages, freshwater supply disruptions, ocean acidification and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Using algae to produce renewable fuels, feed and other products has the potential to address all of these problems because algae can produce enormous yields over other feedstocks, can clean wastewater as they grow, and absorb carbon dioxide.

Sustainability was also the focus of a plenary discussion that included representatives from the research community and environmental organizations. Industry CEOs, suppliers and algae end-users listened as panelists discussed how algae businesses can capitalize on algae’s unique sustainably advantages.

At an afternoon panel discussion on algae and effective policies that can support new technology development, officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) acknowledged that the algae industry has made gains that the government can’t ignore, and voiced their excitement for programs that will offer researchers new testing and production opportunities.

Sarah Bittleman, Senior Advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack noted enthusiasm for the algae industry’s potential to be a source of jobs in rural areas, since those locations will be ideal for algae production facilities and infrastructure. This point was driven home during a closing keynote by Cynthia “C.J.” Warner, Chairman and CEO of Sapphire Energy, who said that Sapphire’s Green Crude Farm in Columbus, New Mexico created over 600 jobs in one of the state’s poorest communities.

While speaking of the sustainability dimensions of an industry that is quickly developing renewable sources of domestic fuels and other products, Ms. Warner offered some forward looking inspiration for those that get distracted by the back-and-forth of the national energy debate. “I believe we are headed directly down the path to the best of times,” she said.

The summit will continue through Thursday afternoon. Information on the event, including a full agenda is available at http://algaebiomasssummit.org.  Ongoing developments can also be monitored via the Twitter hashtag #ABS12.

More Buzz…

HOME Algae Industry Jobs

Copyright ©2010-2012 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
Allan Koay writes in thestar.com about a Universiti Malaya research project paving the way for the commercial production of paper pulp and bioethanol from seaweed. The Al...
In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could e...
SciDev.Net’s South Asia desk reports that Indian scientists working on producing biofuel from algae cultured in municipal wastewater are enthused by the findings of a rec...
John O’Renick, in this insightful piece from the Portland (Oregon) Tribune, writes about the problems we create from treating waste streams as garbage to be disposed of i...
Natacha Tatu writes in Worldcrunch about a 72-year old French chef who has taken on the challenge of bringing spirulina to the malnourished youth of the Central Africa. F...
Scientists have been investigating the likely future impact of changing environmental conditions on ocean phytoplankton, which forms the basis of all the oceans' food cha...
Jessie Rack reports for NPR that demand for plant protein of all types is growing in concert with the growing interest in the U.S. to reduce meat consumption. People, fro...
Algatechnologies Ltd. has launched its AstaPure® 5% Natural Astaxanthin oleoresin, derived from Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae. This latest addition to the AstaPure f...
The Algae and Biofuels Laboratory at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is partnering with Lianhenghui Investment Company to construct a...
A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC), Airbus Group, University of Malaya, University Malaysia Terengganu, The Universi...
The GNT Group, a market leader in using algae as natural ingredients for color, has begun construction of an additional spirulina plant at its headquarters in Mierlo, the...
In New Zealand is an internationally significant collection of microalgae cultures known as the Cawthron Institute Culture Collection of Microalgae (CICCM). The CICCM was...