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October 30, 2009

Call for Papers - 3 Day National Seminar on Sustainable Biofuels Development in Canada and India

Worldwide interest and activity in biofuels has grown dramatically both in developing and developed countries in the last few years to meet a range of economic social and environmental goals. Biofuels – transport fuels derived from plant materials – are entering the market, driven by factors such as rising oil prices and the need for increased energy security . Biofuel development and its use is a complex issue because there are many biofuel options which are available. Biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are currently produced from the products of conventional food crops. Any major switch to biofuels from such crops would create a direct competition with their use for food and animal feed, and in some parts of the world we are already seeing the economic consequences of such competition. Second generation biofuels are now being produced from a much broader range of feedstocks. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, sound biofuel production practices would not hamper food and fibre production, nor cause water or environmental problems, and would enhance soil fertitlity. Third generation biofuels (biofuel from algae) uses non-edible raw materials sources that can be used for biodiesel and bioalcohol fuels.

However, many of the biofuels that are currently being supplied have been criticised for their adverse impacts on the natural environment, food security, and land use. The challenge is to support biofuel development, including the development of new cellulosic technologies, with responsible policies and economic instruments to help ensure that biofuel commercialization is sustainable. In order to access the broad opportunities and challenges of sustainable biofuel development in Canada and India, the Centre for Canadian Studies Development Programme (CSDP), Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla is organizing a three day national seminar during Oct/Nov 2009. The CSDP invites papers from academics, policy makers, analysts practitioners and researchers for presentation in the seminar. There will be encouragement for young reserchers and professionals. The papers would be subject to peer review before acceptance for presentation. The seminar papers based on a further review, would be brought out as an edited volume. The centre will provide local hospitality and Iind AC return fare to outstation participants.

The indicative topics are:

  • Major market trends in biofuel industry, Canada and India
  • Food security vs. energy security , Canada and India
  • Sustainable Biofuels and the issues of climate change and energy supply
  • Government policies and economic instruments in biofuel development, Canada and India
  • Socio-economic aspects of biofuels development
  • Environmental aspects and criteria for sustainability

We would like to include papers which deal with international comparisons of biofuels development in Asia, Europe and North America. Abstracts must reach us by 15th December 2009 and the full paper by 15th January 2010 to the addresses given below. The papers would be rigorously vetted and the decision would be communicated to you in the last week of September

Important Dates

  • Submission of Abstracts: 15th December 2009
  • Submission of final draft: 15th January 2010
  • Final Acceptance of Papers: 15th February 2010
  • Date of the seminar: 16-18 March 2010

Prof. K K Kaushik
Director CSDP, H P University
Summer-hill, Shimla-171005

Professor Satish K Sharma
Department of Sociology
H P University, Shimla-171005

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