OECD Workshop on Best Practices in Assessing the Environmental and Economic Sustainability of Bio-based Products, held at the Delta Centre Ville, 777 University Street, Montréal, on 23-24 July 2009
DAY 1 – 23d July 2009
Keynote Address: Mr. Harvey Mead (former Sustainable Development Commissioner, Province of Quebec)
Introduction: Ms. Benedicte Callan (OECD)
Chair: Ms. Benedicte Callan (OECD)
Facilitator: Mr. Don Grant (Stantec, Canada)
SESSION I - CURRENT APPROACHES TO PLANNING FOR AND ASSESSING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF BIO-BASED PRODUCTS
Mr. Michele Galatola (EC): “Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Bio-based products: current activities and future options”
Ms. Barbara Lippiat (US): “Sustainability Assessment of Bio-based Products in the U.S.”
Mr. Olivier Jolliet (University of Michigan, USA): "Life Cycle Assessment of Biodiesel compared to other biomass uses"
Mr. Joel Velasco (UNICA): “Towards Sustainable Bio-fuels in Brazil - UNICA’s Efforts”
Objectives of the session: This session reviewed the sustainable development context and some of the existing approaches for planning for and assessing the sustainability of bio-based products in different context.
SESSION II - KEY ISSUES AND PARAMETERS IN ASSESSING THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY OF BIO-BASED PRODUCTS
Mr. Robert Anex, (US, Iowa State University): “Searching for Sustainability: The Best as the Enemy of the Good”
Mr. Terry McIntyre (Environment Canada): “In Search of the “Holy Grail”- Baseline Environmental Data to Help Support Biofuels and Canada’s Sustainable Development Agenda”
Mr. Guido Reinhardt (IFEU, Germany): “Towards criteria for the sustainable use of bio-based materials: lessons learnt from biofuels”
Objectives of the session: The session identified what key issues and parameters/indicators currently can be assessed and what test methods can be used to confirm whether parameters have been met; and to agree what combination of parameters constitute a comprehensive assessment.
SESSION III – DISCUSSION OF BEST PRACTICES IN ASSESSING SUSTAINABILITY OF BIO-BASED PRODUCTS
Introduction: Mr. Alexandre Bartsev (OECD) on “OECD Best Practices”
Objectives of the session: Based on the experience of the experts and the previous presentations, to propose what should be included in best practices for planning for and assessing the sustainability of bio-based products; to define the scope for such best practices; to discuss the need for an international standard in this area given the different initiatives that are underway
DAY 2 – 24th July 2009
Summary of Day 1 – Saeed Khan (Industry Canada)
SESSION III (continued) – DISCUSSION OF BEST PRACTICES IN ASSESSING SUSTAINABILITY OF BIO-BASED PRODUCTS
SESSION IV – NEXT STEPS - TOWARDS IMPLEMENTATION
Mr. Kevin Boehmer (Canadian Standardisation Organisation): “Use of Voluntary Standards for Sustainable Bio-based Products”
Objectives of the session: To discuss the possible next steps such as alignment with other initiatives, movement towards the development of standards
How can best practices be practically used (implemented)?
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