The UK’s Independent and Media Planet asked Richard Branson and Suzanne Hunt to comment on the future of renewable fuel and aviation in a recent article.They have been featured together several times in the press, including in Time Magazine’s Jet Green article last year, subtitled “Airlines’ need for cheap, plentiful biofuel is forcing the industry to scale.”
Branson acknowledged Hunt in his speech to Secretary Ray Mabus and the US Navy when he discussed their bold leadership in the transition off of petroleum, his desire to continue collaborating, and their shared sense of urgency. The full video of his speech is here.
Last week President Obama followed through on a promise to take action to address climate change if Congress wouldn’t. Suzanne, along with three other commentators (a solar industry executive, a public health specialist, and a republican strategist), discussed his plan, the threat of climate change, and what we should do about it in this 20 minute segment.
Suzanne Named Associate at the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy in Germany
I have teamed up with the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS) as one of theirassociates. This formalizes the long-standing collaboration between myself and the Insitute’s founder, Dr. Uwe Fritsche. IINAS is an independent transdisciplinary research organization based in Darmstadt (Germany) which started operating in April 2012. We are currently collaborating on a full greenhouse gas lifecycle analysis of hydrofracturing for natural gas extraction.
I gave an update on the advanced biofuels industry and its key challenges to defense industry colleagues at this event in April. Among other things we discussed:
- the attempts by Senators Inhofe and McCain, and some of their colleagues in the House, to block the Navy’s work on advanced renewable fuels;
- Senator Mark Udall and others’ successful efforts to defeat those attacks on the Navy’s efforts to transition away from near total dependence on petroleum derivatives for their planes, ships, ground vehicles, etc.
- the Renewable Fuel Standard weathered another storm.
I almost forgot to mention that two of my family’s Hunt Country wines were featured at the Green Inaugural Ball this year! The farm has been in the family for seven generations and my parents started the winery in 1981. My brother, Jonathan Hunt, is currently the winemaker and his Dry Riesling and Alchemy (a red blend) were featured at the VIP bars at the gala. read more…
I spoke on a keynote panel at the largest annual biofuel conference in the world moderated by the UK’s fiercest interrogator, BBC’s bulldog, Jeremy Paxman. World Biofuels Markets, Rotterdam 2012. A video recording of an interview of me in Rotterdam is online here. read more…
Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo. Houston. November 2012. We discussed a range of challenges and opportunities for the advanced biofuels industry including the need to shift the way the industry communicates about itself. Creating a new, capital intensive, high tech industry in today’s economic climate — while competing against existing/entrenched industries — is a massive challenge and the industry should be forthright about that, and should set manageable expectations.
The US Navy has committed to reduce its petroleum use by 50% by 2020 and to sail a Great Green Fleet in 2016. The Air Force set a target of acquiring “50% of domestic aviation fuel requirements via alternative fuel blends by 2016.” The Air Force and the Army set the goal of increasing their “use of renewable energy to 25% by 2025.” Colleagues at the Army recently stood up an energy task force to facilitate renewable energy development on Army bases using third party finance, and the Marines are using solar panels and battery packs at forward operating bases in Afghanistan. It is an honor and a privilege to collaborate with many of the fine people who are leading this charge. read more…
I gave the crowd an overview of the renewable fuels and aviation work that I am doing at the Carbon War Room during the Gigaton Awards Ceremony in Durban, South Africa in December. I talked about the importance of moving away from fossil fuels despite the difficulties in shifting supply chains and procurement procedures, and renewable aviation fuels as a means to get the entire advanced renewable fuels industry off the ground (no pun intended). This was a preview to the launch of our beta renewablejetfuels.org website and the Elsevier beta renewable fuels database a few days later.
Bill Browning, co-founder of Terrapin Bright Green and HuntGreen LLC partner, is the 2011 Evergreen Awards Perspective Winner
We want to congratulate Bill Browning on his recent recognition as the 2011 Evergreen Awards Perspective Winner. You can read more about Bill in the following interview, published in this month’s Eco-Structure Magazine. Bill Browning is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. His expertise has been sought out by organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, non-profit organizations, the U.S. military, and foreign governments.
Dave Muyres moderated a discussion about design’s role in transportation on MSU’s Troy, Michigan campus. The panel included the chief designers of Navistar and Visteon along with design futurist and Detroit icon Larry Erickson. The theme of this year’s conference was Sharing the Road and took a broad look at transportation from the new Dreamliner to the RV industry. You can find more about this event at IDSA Michigan.
Dave Muyres presented at the 5th annual PodCar City Conference in Stockholm Sweden on September 7th, 2011. The international audience was convened to discuss the world’s growing interest in PodCars as a new form of urban transportation. A highlight of the conference was the recent announcement that the new PodCar system at Heathrow was fully up and running. read more…
Forbes Magazine’s Todd Woody quoted me and other colleagues in his August 08, 2011 “Jet Green” article. Note to self, anything you say to a reporter could end up in print!
Algae is the great green hope for jet fuels. “Theoretically, algae has incredible production capacity,” says Suzanne Hunt, senior advisor to the Carbon War Room, a group cofounded by Virgin’s Richard Branson that is working with airlines and biofuel producers to jump-start the industry. “Camelina plants and all the other plants that grow on land have to put all this energy into fighting gravity and into roots and fruits and flowers. Algae just floats and grows.“
I helped out with this piece by Marketplace’s Scott Tong that aired on August 31st, 2011: Military funding spurs clean-tech innovation. Here’s a partial transcript:
On April 15th, Dave Muyres addressed the American Chamber of Commerce regarding the role of innovation in the future of the car industry. While in Shanghai he also presented at the Interiormotives Conference to a group of 400 global design leaders about Design and the Future of the Transportation Industry on April 17th. On April 19 and 20 he attended the Shanghai AutoShow press days, Asia’s largest autoshow and blogging about changing consumer behavior. In February 2011, at the invitation of IDSA, Dave addressed a group of 300 design enthusiasts about the Role of the Industrial Designer, Sustainability and the Future of How We Move Around the Planet. This event was hosted by Design West Michigan and held at Kendall College.
Suzanne & Dave to Co-Chair key tracks at upcoming Creating Climate Wealth Summit in Washington, D.C.
Suzanne and David will be co-hosting two important working tracks at the Carbon War Room’s most significant annual event: the Creating Climate Wealth Summit. Suzanne will convene renewable aviation fuel leaders to discuss important next steps to the sustainable commercialization of renewable aviation fuels. David Muyres will be co-hosting a new track this year focused on Personal Transportation. If we are to reach gigaton carbon reduction levels we must look at this topic more broadly: beyond policy and technology alone.
Suzanne is serving as a Senior Advisor to the Carbon War Room (CWR). The CWR was founded by Richard Branson in 2009 “to harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change.” Suzanne is leading their efforts in Aviation, Renewable Fuels, and Biochar. read more…
The IDSA Michigan conference, titled Expanding the Frontiers, will focus on how to transform the car industry into a robust provider of transportation system solutions. Dave will discuss the key role of design in guiding and energizing this critical transformation. The conference will take place on September 17th, 2010 at Michigan State University in Troy, MI. For more information on the complete event, go to their website.
It is estimated that by the year 2050, eighty percent of the world’s population will live in cities. In addition, the Urban Land Institute predicts that eighty percent of current building stock in the US will still be in use in the year 2050. A series of impressive efforts are underway to mobilize the financing and technologies to retrofit large buildings, but nearly half of the building stock in America is small-medium sized. read more…
Earlier this spring I visited David Kolsrud and his team at DAK Renewable Energy in South Dakota. DAK has a portfolio of ethanol, biodeisel and wind investments with the common theme being community ownership. We visited Agri-Energy, an ethanol mill that is owned by 230 local farmers and produces 22 million gallons of ethanol as well as distillers grain (fed to livestock) and biomass pellets that are burned in place of some of the coal at a power plant in the region. read more…