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QLD to showcase renewable diesel on world stage

Queensland is set to promote the Australia-first trials of its 100 per cent renewable diesel and biojet fuel at the upcoming 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.

Held in Des Moines, Iowa across the next three days, the forum offers a showcase of the latest advancements in biofuels, synthetic biology, enzymes and renewable chemicals.

The event is expected to attract 900 attendees representing over 570 companies from 35 countries.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said he was looking forward to helping grow Queensland’s global biofutures reputation further.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s representation at the congress for the third consecutive year shows how serious we are about developing and growing biotech businesses and jobs in our state,” he said.

“KPMG’s latest Bioenergy State of the Nation Report acknowledges Queensland as the nation leader when it comes to bioenergy policies, and we want to keep building our global bio profile to maximise the potential of this industry," said Dick.

“At last year’s congress, Queensland became the first jurisdiction in the world to sign up to the global below50 campaign and commit to sustainable fuel policies.

“This year, following our successful biofuels trials, I’ll be highlighting how we, as a state, are delivering on that commitment.”

The Queensland Government’s partnership with Virgin Australia, Gevo, Inc., Brisbane Airport, DB Schenker and Caltex has resulted in a biojet fuel trial comprising more than 700 domestic and international flights and over one million kilometres travelled.

And in February this year, Southern Oil subsidiary SynBio, out of Gladstone, partnered with global OEM Scania to successfully trial 100 per cent renewable diesel in truck engines.

“Both of these trials are Australian firsts,” said Dick.

“The success of these trials is crucial to our development of commercial biorefineries locally, and it’s clear that Queensland is continuing to make strong progress.”

below50 Australia Secretariat Larissa Rose applauded the state government for setting the bio benchmark in Australia.

“The Queensland Government is head and shoulders above the rest of the nation when it comes to biofuels and biotech,” she said.

Leading a research delegation to the BIO World Congress QUT Professor and Queensland Biofutures Envoy Ian O’Hara said the state’s strong presence at the event speaks volumes to the industry worldwide.

“The fact we have a Queensland pavilion at BIO, and that we have representation from two levels of government, our universities, and from local industry, makes our intentions to become a global bio leader clear,” he said.

Attendance at the event is part of the Queensland Government's Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan to see it lead what is calls Australia's bio-economic revolution.

According to Dick, the roadmap reinforces a $1 billion vision across the industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector that is sustainable, export-oriented, and creates more regional jobs.

“This is all about ensuring Queensland is able to leverage its strategic advantages to become a major player in the global bioproducts and services market," he said.

“It’s a market expected to be worth US$1.1 trillion by 2022, and we want to capture our share of that investment.”

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