Net Zero SME Thomas Meth to Keynote IBBC 2021

TAPPI’s International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference (IBBC), November 7-10, 2021 in Atlanta, GA, announces Thomas Meth as its 2021 keynote speaker.

Mr. Meth is co-founder and executive vice president of sales and marketing at Enviva, the world’s largest producer of sustainable wood pellets to provide power and utility companies around the globe with a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels. Enviva has five corporate offices in four countries, including Bethesda, Md., Raleigh, NC, York, UK, Tokyo, Japan and Berlin, Germany.

Climate change continues to be one of the greatest environmental, social and economic challenges facing the world today. As part of his role at Enviva, Meth has been widely successful in educating international decision makers and regulators on the importance of biomass in reducing carbon emissions and achieving international ‘Net Zero’ climate targets by 2050. He currently works with global heat and power utility companies across the US, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean to lower dependence on coal and other fossil fuels, while transitioning their energy grid to carbon-neutral alternatives. To date, Enviva has an annual production capacity of 4.9 million metric tons of sustainable wood pellets a year and currently employs more than 1,100 people across the globe.

Mr. Meth will talk about the history of the wood pellet industry, today’s status and its future. Learn more.

IBBC 2021

IBBC focuses on the latest technologies and processes using renewable materials from biomass to produce chemicals, fuels, and other value-added products. Attendees experience a comprehensive technical program focused on critical issues associated with biomass. Developed by industry professionals, the peer-reviewed sessions are expert-led and include high-level discussions on industry trends, new technologies and advancements.

Industry experts are asked to share their knowledge and expertise as a speaker at IBBC and should submit an abstract by March 15, 2021 to TAPPI's Speaker Management System.

Suggested abstract topics include:

  • Innovative Bioproducts and Biopolymers from Biomass
    • Lignin Recovery and New Products
    • Bio-based Polymers, Chemicals and Products
  • Biomass Conversion Pathways
    • Innovative Technologies to Transform Biomass
  • Supporting the Sustainable Bioeconomy
    • Leveraging Pulp Mill Assets
    • Biomass Utilization and Sustainability Assessments

View the Call for Presentations.

IBBC also offers a Student Poster Session and Competition designed especially for students and young professionals, giving them the opportunity to get industry input on their projects as well as gain exposure for their research. Poster abstracts are due March 15. For suggested topics and abstract submittal information, click here.

IBBC 2021 is co-located with TAPPI’s Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling and Sustainability (PEERS) Conference. PEERS is also accepting abstracts for their technical program. Learn more.

The Deadline to submit abstracts for both Conferences is March 15, 2021.