The Renewable Fuels Association recently unveiled the agenda for its 27th annual National Ethanol Conference, taking place February 21-23, 2022, in New Orleans. Themed “Zeroing in on New Opportunities,” the upcoming conference will feature a diverse lineup of thought-leaders and experts focused on emerging ethanol markets, innovative new uses, and the role of renewable fuels in achieving net-zero carbon emissions.
The slate of confirmed speakers presently includes a top Volkswagen executive speaking about the automaker’s vision for how ethanol can help achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner, as well as leading innovators in sustainable aviation fuels, pioneers in carbon capture and sequestration efforts, and renowned experts focused on the future of energy and transportation markets.
“The drive to a net-zero-carbon economy worldwide is beginning to pick up speed and there is a lot of conversation happening about the role renewable liquid fuels like ethanol can play in that transition,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “By bringing together so many visionary leaders and influencers, the National Ethanol Conference promises to be a focal point for the industry’s efforts to leverage 40 years of experience into a bright future full of new opportunities.”
NEC panels and presentations include:
- To Net-Zero … and Beyond
- Retailer Roundtable: the Future of Fueling
- Partnerships and Progress: A Dialogue with Key Stakeholders
- Exploring Opportunities for New Uses
- Post-COVID Global Energy Markets: Where Does Ethanol Fit?
- Revolution or Evolution? The Future of Mobility and Energy Markets
Also included at the NEC, for the first time, is a discussion of “Ethanol’s Next Generation: Developing an Effective Workforce,” where members of the RFA Young Professionals Network and seasoned industry executives will discuss recent surveys identifying knowledge gaps and strategies to best prepare the industry’s future leaders for success.