Welcome to the ICGAB 24-25 October 2017 in Malang, Indonesia!
Global industrial expansion to foster economic growth entails severe damaging impacts on the environment, commonly derived from multiple sources including natural resource exploitation, fossil fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions, and deforestation. Thus, developing a resource efficient, climate-friendly technology, and low carbon economy have risen as the worldwide’s demands and ambitions by 2050. With the estimation of the current global bioeconomy market worth at US$2.7 trillion, and a growing population of 2-3 billion people in the next 40 years accounted for increasing global food demand by 70%, green agro-industry is expected to play a substantial role. The creation of bioeconomy through the expansion of green agro-industry thus can create sustainable jobs/industries contributed to overall economic growth for sustainable development, whilst maintaining natural resourses/biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and increasing opportunities in the agricultural sectors.
Indonesia, as a major supplier of several agricultural products worldwide, is also globally known as one of the main agroindustry countries. With a rapidly growing interest on green agro-industry and potential optimisation for food security and bio-based products with green supply chain and eco-standardisation, it is important to accelerate the innovation and adoption of more sustainable and renewable resources/biomass, bioenergy, process, and technology, with fewer environmental impacts, less amounts of waste and carbon footprint. Yet, the transition toward a global and circular bioeconomy through green agro-industry is far more than the complex of the progression and innovations in research and technology, technical performances, sustainable biomass procurement and valorisation, policy-making, societal and multidisplinary rethinking process. A call for disemminating knowledge, sharing of the success stories, and encouraging international collaboration of interdisciplinary stakeholders, is therefore essential to foster competitive green agro-industrial development and tackle associated challenges in the developing world.
This conference is intended to inform and communicate to wider stakeholders aiming to increase awareness on the sustainable development in the circular bioeconomy context. This event will also provide a platform where local and international academia or researchers, policy makers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders to translate technology, exchange ideas, provide feedbacks, and help in developing guidelines for shaping a worldwide green economy.