below50 hubs

The below50 hubs allow companies to engage with the below50 global campaign at the local level. Each hub works on solutions tailored for their regions – including local policy, awareness raising and financing. Every hub is led by a below50 partner and welcomes companies with an interest in the regional low-carbon fuel market.

Australia

Partner: Queensland Renewable Fuels Association

Aim: Support Australian partners in their efforts to grow the Australian bio-economy by growing the demand for below50 fuels from transportation intensive industries, including agriculture, aviation, construction, mining, road freight and shipping.

Motivation: The Government of Queensland is actively growing its bio-economy. With its biomass resource base, strong agriculture sector and highly motivated private sector partners, below50 Australia has a unique opportunity to rapidly scale-up the production, use and export of below50 fuels.

Current focus areas:

  • Collaborating with local stakeholders including the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) and the Queensland Government to build below50 in Australia.
  • Recruit corporate fuel buyers to commit to purchasing below50 fuels. There is strong interest in renewable diesel from construction, mining and road freight and renewable jet from Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Contact: Larissa Rose – lrose@qrfa.com.au

Australia

Partner: Queensland Renewable Fuels Association

Aim: Support Australian partners in their efforts to grow the Australian bio-economy by growing the demand for below50 fuels from transportation intensive industries, including agriculture, aviation, construction, mining, road freight and shipping.

Motivation: The Government of Queensland is actively growing its bio-economy. With its biomass resource base, strong agriculture sector and highly motivated private sector partners, below50 Australia has a unique opportunity to rapidly scale-up the production, use and export of below50 fuels.

Current focus areas:

  • Collaborating with local stakeholders including the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) and the Queensland Government to build below50 in Australia.
  • Recruiting of corporate fuel buyers to commit to purchasing below50 fuels. There is strong interest in renewable diesel from construction, mining and road freight and renewable jet from Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Contact: Larissa Rose – lrose@qrfa.com.au

Europe

Aim: To grow the marketplace for low-carbon fuels in Europe, engage with policymakers and raise the profile of below50.

Motivation: The number of companies with operations in Europe, the diversity of national and regional industry bodies, the intense economic activity and the population’s need for low-carbon transport solutions make Europe a key area for below50.

With WBCSD’s office centrally located in Geneva, below50 Europe is well-placed to access and interact with low-carbon fuels industry players all across Europe.

Current focus areas:

  • Engaging with policymakers on low-carbon fuels
  • Scoping of a global B2B marketplace for low-carbon fuels
  • Development of corporate procurement guidelines for low-carbon fuels

Contact: Tanya Strevens – strevens@wbcsd.org

Europe

Aim: To grow the marketplace for low-carbon fuels in Europe, engage with policymakers and raise the profile of below50.

Motivation: The number of companies with operations in Europe, the diversity of national and regional industry bodies, the intense economic activity and the population’s need for low-carbon transport solutions make Europe a key area for below50.

With WBCSD’s office centrally located in Geneva, below50 Europe is well-placed to access and interact with low-carbon fuels industry players all across Europe.

Current focus areas:

  • Engaging with policymakers on low-carbon fuels
  • Scoping of a global B2B marketplace for low-carbon fuels
  • Development of corporate procurement guidelines for low-carbon fuels

Contact: Tanya Strevens – strevens@wbcsd.org

North America

Partner: Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

Aim: To grow the marketplace for low-carbon fuels in North America and increase awareness of below50.

Motivation: North America has great potential for creating a booming bio-economy underpinned by low-carbon fuels. However, political uncertainty and consumer resistance in the region is slowing the growth of the sector.

Despite strong private sector leadership in the biobased economy, uptake of below50 fuels has been largely policy driven, particularly in the State of California. As such, there is a real need to connect corporate fuel buyers directly to fuel producers to increase the demand for below50 fuels that will recruit the investment necessary to realize the potential for the bio-economy in North America.

Current focus areas:

  • Engagement with the investment/financiers community in low-carbon fuels
  • Creation of a B2B marketplace for low-carbon fuels

Contact: Stephanie Batchelor – sbatchelor@bio.org

North America

Partner: Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

Aim: To grow the marketplace for low-carbon fuels in North America and increase awareness of below50.

Motivation: North America has great potential for creating a booming bio-economy underpinned by low-carbon fuels. However, political uncertainty and consumer resistance in the region is slowing the growth of the sector.

Despite strong private sector leadership in the biobased economy, uptake of below50 fuels has been largely policy driven, particularly in the State of California. As such, there is a real need to connect corporate fuel buyers directly to fuel producers to increase the demand for below50 fuels that will recruit the investment necessary to realize the potential for the bio-economy in North America.

Current focus areas:

  • Engagement with the investment/financiers community in low-carbon fuels
  • Creation of a B2B marketplace for low-carbon fuels

Contact: Stephanie Batchelor – sbatchelor@bio.org

South America

Partner: The Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development

Aim: To grow the marketplace for low-carbon fuels in South America

Motivation: There is much to be learned from the success of the bio-economy in Brazil and its positive impact on the economy and on the use of renewable fuels. This hub sees an opportunity to expand across the region, and to spread success, share knowledge and build momentum and impact for the low-carbon fuels sector.

Current focus areas: To engage with policy makers surrounding the topic of low-carbon fuels and support the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the BioFuture Platform event.

Contact: Henrique Luz – henrique.luz@cebds.org

South America

Partner: The Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development

Aim: To grow the marketplace for low-carbon fuels in South America

Motivation: There is much to be learned from the success of the bio-economy in Brazil and its positive impact on the economy and on the use of renewable fuels. This hub sees an opportunity to expand across the region, and to spread success, share knowledge and build momentum and impact for the low-carbon fuels sector.

Current focus areas: To engage with policy makers surrounding the topic of low-carbon fuels and support the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the BioFuture Platform event.

Contact: Henrique Luz – henrique.luz@cebds.org