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Thursday, November 21 • 9:00am - 11:30am
Workshop: Defining Renewable Energy Reserves

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Sponsored by DuPont

The first North American gathering to discuss applying the UN's Fossil Resource Reserve Methodology to renewable electricity and fuels and identify U.S. (and other Americas) stakeholders in the UN's recently formed Task Force on the Application of UNFC-2009 to Renewable Energy Resources.

Goal: This workshop, the first in North America, while not an official UN meeting, is designed to identify the appropriate stakeholders to be recommended to the new UN task force to address this topic and build knowledge about the concept of renewable energy reserves.


9:00-9:15: Introductions, Workshop Goals
Jan Koninckx, Business Director for Biofuels, DuPont
9:15-9:45: How we got here. Fossil reserve accounting's impact on energy businesses and how it's used and applied today
David MacDonald, Chair of the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification and VP-Segment Reserves, BP
9:45-10:15: The Opportunity for Businesses with Renewable Energy Reserves and the recent steps taken at the UN
Jan Koninckx
10:15-10:30: What's happening next (at the next UN meeting this spring)?
David MacDonald
10:30-10:50: Networking Break
10:50-11:30: Moderated discussion to identify U.S. stakeholders for the UN's new Task Force and collect feedback on the challenges and opportunities surrounding creation of a new accounting system for renewables reserves.
Discussion Leaders: Jim Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest


An important initiative is underway at the UN to develop a proposal for measuring the energy potential in renewable energy in a way that's consistent with how fossil energy is measured today.  This can be extremely influential in an energy company's financial valuation and strategic decisions.

Today, well-established methodologies are used to assess oil & gas projects based on agreed criteria. A company’s fossil fuel reserves, described using specific terms such as Proved and Probable reserves (as defined in the Petroleum Resources Management System) are good indicators of its future earnings, and correlate with share prices.  Oil companies seek to move as many barrels as possible from the probable to the proved category, and as production depletes those reserves, they continually seek to replace them in order to maintain and/or increase their market value. The UNFC-2009 is the one reference methodology used to compare across all reserve types including oil, coal, gas and other minerals.

While renewable energy sources are by definition not depletable, the idea is to look at future cumulative energy output at a project level and evaluate the cumulative energy output over its lifetime, classified as a reserve. In this way, different energy sources can be compared more easily, and renewable energy’s contribution can be more directly compared to that of fossil fuels.

The UN Economic Commission for Europe’s called upon the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification (EGRC) to “develop ideas on how the UNFC could apply to and integrate renewable energy”.   In April 2013, the EGRC held a working session in Geneva, where it considered the topic and concluded that UNFC-2009 can be applied to renewable energy resources.  The EGRC also established a public-private Task Force to develop a draft set of specifications for the application of the UNFC-2009 to Renewables.  It is envisaged that this will consist of an overarching Renewable Specification document, together with commodity-specific specifications and a conversion document that will outline the conversion principles across energy metrics to support a consistent comparison and reporting of various energy resources.

This workshop, the first in North America, while not an official UN meeting, is designed to identify the appropriate stakeholders to be recommended to the new UN task force to address this topic and build knowledge about the concept of renewable energy reserves. The Task Force is interested in soliciting input and participation by US interests, which have been underrepresented to date, especially given how large the U.S. renewables industry is compared to that of most of the rest of the world.   It is a significant opportunity for any company that has renewable energy generation in its portfolio.

Jan Koninckx

Global Business Director for BioRefineries, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
With integrated solutions for the production of fuel from biomass, DuPont is leading the industry in the commercialization of advanced biofuels technologies – such as cellulosic ethanol and biobutanol – in markets around the world. As the Global Business Director for Biorefineries at DuPont since 2007, Jan oversees the development of these processes and technologies. In this position, Jan has championed renewable transportation fuels, testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on...
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Jim Lane

Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest
Jim Lane is editor and publisher of Biofuels Digest, and is one of the world's most widely-read writers on energy and science, with a focus on the transformations in renewables, agriculture, nanotechnology, catalysis and synthetic biology. | | He is the author of nine books; his tenth, Sugar Rush: Boom, Bust and Revival in the Bioeconomy is forthcoming in spring 2014. He has been a presenter and moderator at most major renewables events, and organizes the Advanced Biofuels Leadership...
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David MacDonald

Chair of the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification and VP-Segment Reserves, BP
David MacDonald is the Vice President Segment Reserves for BP, where he is the principal individual responsible for the governance of the estimation, classification and reporting of reserves and resources for the Group.  He has worked for BP for over 30 years in a variety of management roles in engineering and management across six continents.He is the current chair of the Bureau of the Expert Group on Resource Classification of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, a member of...
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Thursday November 21, 2013 9:00am - 11:30am
Room 371A

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