16/17th November, National Science Learning Centre, York: The annual conference of NNFCC, a York-based company, provides a timely opportunity to act on the findings of the recent Stern review on climate change. The Stern review states that “Governments, businesses and individuals all need to work together to respond to climate change” –NNFCC works to achieve this daily.
NNFCC’s national conference will bring together everyone from farmers to industry, academia and government, to discuss the best way to get renewable technologies from the drawing board to the shop floor. The conference includes a Question Time panel discussion chaired by Sir Ben Gill. Panel members include leaders in the biofuels industry and representatives from Defra, the National Farmers Union, Iowa State University and the Dutch Renewables Platform.
Big-name UK companies are developing renewable technologies and are taking action to minimise their environmental impact. Presentations include examples of sustainable large-scale construction by Adnams brewery, and speakers from Boots Plc., Biffa Waste Services, and Greenergy Fuels Ltd., a UK biofuels producer.
The conference is the NNFCC’s third annual event and includes the launch of the two-year progress report on the Government Strategy for Non-Food Crops and Their Uses. NNFCC’s CEO Dr. Jeremy Tomkinson said, “Non-food crops have come a long way in a short time, and we are now seeing real markets for a diverse range of renewable technologies”.
Keynote speakers from the USA, Europe and the UK will discuss global strategies for development of renewable technologies. The event will provide networking opportunities for all members of the supply chain, and includes the announcement of the HGCA Enterprise Award winners. A dinner will be held at the National Railway Museum in York.
Additional notes: The Question Time session will be conducted along the lines of the BBC TV version. NNFCC maintains a neutral position with regard to all renewable technologies and provides an open forum for discussion. Press passes are available for the conference.
Source: NNFCC Nov. 08, 2006.