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The industry's number one networking event

The 12th annual Argus Biofuels 2017,  brings you the most up-to-date information in biodiesel and ethanol markets. Learn about key legislative developments, availability of feedstocks, pricing and market outlooks, the latest developments in HVO and much more.  Engage with your peers and business partners to understand and enable the biofuels market at the industry’s established networking event.

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Keynote speakers include:

Sari Mannonen,UPM
Sari Mannonen
Kaisa Hietala
Kaisa Hietala
Executive Vice President,
Renewable Products

Expert speakers:

  • Mark Chesworth, MD, Vivergo
  • Christoph Dargnies, VP - Biofuels, Total
  • Alberto Carmona Bosch, CEO, NixAl Commodities
  • Alejandro Eito, White Sugar Trading Manager, Alvean
  • Timo Huhtisaari, Sustainability and Biofuels Expert, Neot
  • Jan Henke, Director ISCC & Meo Carbon Solutions
  • Adam Stepien, Director General, Polish Chamber of Biofuels
  • Chris Judge, Vice-President, Crude and Products, Argus
  • Dickon Posnett, Director of Corporate Affairs, Argent Energy
  • James Standage, Biodiesel Physical Broker, OTC Europe
  • Eduardo Puertas, Head of Ethanol, ED&F Man
  • Luis Poch Rodrigo, CEO & Founder, UCO Trading

Why attend Argus Biofuels 2017?

  • The only event to bring the full value-chain together and create a truly collaborative platform
  • An unmissable opportunity to meet the oil companies alongside biofuel and ethanol experts
  • Abundant networking opportunities across all three days
  • A new platform for your technology managers to explore technologies supporting legislative commitments to advanced biofuels
  • A chance to discuss the AOM with the Argus team

See who you could meet this year

Argus Biofuels 2017 sample attendee list

Download the 2017 sample attendee list - discover who you could meet at this year's event, including senior decision-makers from:

  • Cargill
  • Gunvor
  • Galp Energia
  • Total
  • Neste
  • Vopak
  • MOL
  • and many more....

Serving the market for 12 years:

Argus Biofuels is the number one networking event for biofuels professionals – a new Ethanol Focus Day was introduced in 2016 - which cemented its position as the meeting place for global biodiesel and ethanol experts.

"The best biofuels conference of the year by far! Great for networking!"
Paul van der Plas, Biofuels Broker, STX Services

Photo gallery from previous events

Stefan Schreiber speaking at Argus Biofuels Inc Bio exhibiting at Argus Biofuels Cargill workshop at Argus Biofuels

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  • Two day pass to participate in all conference sessions
  • Access to the pre-conference ethanol focus day
  • Networking lunch, refreshment breaks across all three days
  • Networking drinks reception on the evening of 19th October
  • One set of conference documentation

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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Biofuels 2017 conference is to provide participants with a high-level update on the developments in the biofuels market.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Confirmed speakers at Argus Biofuels 2017:

Keynote speakers

Mark Chesworth, Vivergo
Mark Chesworth
, Managing Director, Vivergo

Mark joined Vivergo Fuels in December 2013, bringing a wealth of expertise after working in multiple industries. Mark joined ABF (Associated British Foods) in 2004 as Supply Chain Director for Ryvita, before moving on to become Operations Director for UK Grocery Group. His most recent role prior to joining Vivergo was as the Commodities and Procurement Director sitting on the Westmill Foods Board. Mark sits on a number of boards, including the AB Sugar Board and as a member of the ePure board. The Vivergo Fuels bioethanol plant in Hull was officially opened in July 2013 by business secretary Vince Cable MP and is owned by ABF as a majority shareholder, along with DuPont. The plant represents a £400mn investment in the renewables sector in the UK. It operates from the Humber’s Energy Estuary and is an official member of the UK government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership. The plant is the UK’s largest bioethanol producer and the largest single-source supplier of animal feed, providing valuable commodities that the UK would usually have imported in the past. 
Christophe Dargnies, Total
Christoph Dargnies, Vice-President Biofuels, Total

Christophe Dargnies was appointed Vice-President of Biofuels at Total’s refining and chemical division in September 2016. Christophe has worked at Total for more than 15 years, starting in the exploration and production division, first in Bolivia and then in the Caspian Sea, focusing on transportation and business topics. After seven years he joined Total’s gas and new energies division to work on solar activities, first in business and new ventures in Paris, where he played an active role on the company’s SunPower acquisition, and then at SunPower in California for three years, where he held a number of positions in operations and manufacturing plants. Christophe returned to Paris in 2014 to lead Total’s Access to Energy programme.
Kaisa Hietala
Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice-President, Renewable ProductsNeste

Kaisa Hietala is Executive Vice-President, Renewable Products. She joined the company in 1998. Repsonsible for the renewable products business area. Served in several positions at Neste, most recently as Vice-President of the Renewable Fuels business 2011-2014, Vice-President of Supply and Commercial Director in Singapore 2008-2011 and Feedstock Manager in the renewable fuels business operations 2006-2008. She is a Member of the Board of Kemira Oyj.
Sari Mannonen,UPM
Sari Mannonen
, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels

Sari Mannonen is Vice-President with responsibility for the UPM Biofuels Strategic Business Unit based in Helsinki, Finland. She was previously Director for Sales and Marketing at UPM Biofuels, responsible for commercial strategy and product launches in the biofuels business. She was also Director for Business Relations, where her contact groups included technology, suppliers in the biofuels sector, investors, reporters, EU and national decision-makers, NGOs and financial audiences. 

Sari has more than 15 years’ experience in leading global sales and marketing, customer management, customer strategy and business relations, as well as business development in different global businesses. She has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Helsinki and diplomas in business management and leadership from business schools at Henley, IMD and the Helsinki School of Economics.

 Speakers and Panellists

 Ohene AkotoOhene Akoto, Director, Jatropha Africa

Mr Akoto holds a Master’s in Environmental Management and has nearly 15 years experience working on environmental programmes, food security, rural development economics, data management and business continuity, waste-to-energy and biomass. 

He has significant investment experience in Africa. He has visited numerous bioenergy projects in the world including in Brazil, India, Tanzania, Mali, Sweden, Germany, Italy and the US. He is a frequent speaker at major conferences on sustainability, bioenergy, food security and water usage.

Christine AnckerChristine Ancker, Editor - Argus Biofuels, Argus
Elmar Baumann, VDB
Elmar Baumann
, Managing Director, VDB

Elmar Baumann is a degreed engineer in biotechnology with a focus on process engineering. He is also a Master of Industrial Engineering with advanced training in investment/financing, logistics and innovation management. Elmar has been working for the German Biofuel Industry Association (VDB) since 2007. He was originally a specialist in technology, economics and sustainability. Elmar was a guest lecturer at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences during the 2009 summer semester. Elmar has been Managing Director of the VDB since 2009, representing the interests of member companies in their dealings in the spheres of politics and administration. As the debate on adjusting the EU’s biofuel policy has intensified in the course of the iLUC debate, his focus has been at European level, particularly the Commission, Parliament and Council in Brussels. The core topics of his work are currently the Recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) of the EU and the advancement of the German GHG mandate.
Aaron Berry

Aaron Berry
, Head of Low Carbon Fuels Strategy, Department for Transport UK

Aaron Berry is Head of Low-Carbon Fuels Strategy at the UK’s Department for Transport. Aaron leads the team that is negotiating and implementing the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED). He is also chair of the fuels group for the EU concerted action programme on RED implementation, and the UK’s representative on alternative fuels at the International Civil Aviation Authority task force. He was a co-author of the Gallagher review into the indirect effects of biofuels production published in 2008. Aaron held a variety of environment-related posts in several UK government departments before his current role, including developing the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) legislation and then helping to run the RTFO. Aaron studied at Keele University, where he graduated with a first class degree in environmental management and business. He is married and lives near London with his wife and three boys.
Peter Caddy

Peter Caddy
, Director of Global Business Development, Argus

Peter Caddy is Director of Global Business Development and has been a Director of Argus since 1993. He is responsible for the strategic direction of business development and for global market reporting. Peter has worked at Argus for over 25 years in different parts of the world, including heading Argus’ Asian and US operations. 

Peter has been intensively involved in oil market pricing during this period and also launched Argus non-oil (gas, power and coal) services at Argus between 1995 and 2001. Peter has a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and an MA from Cambridge University.

Alberto Carmona Bosch
Alberto Carmona Bosch
, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities

Alberto Carmona Bosch is Chief Executive Officer for NixAl Commodities. Alberto has led global trading operations for the last 12 years at Abengoa Bioenergie and has held several conferences in relation to commodity markets, ethanol markets and risk management. He has been active in the international development of bioethanol since 2005, with activities in the Netherlands, Brazil and the US. Alberto started working in Abengoa Bioenergie in 1999. He has a professional background in financial and commercial activities and promoting and financing renewable energy projects in Europe, including acquisitions. Alberto graduated from the University of Seville, Spain, and the University of Paderborn, Germany, with a bachelor degree in economics and business administration. He has an executive MBA from the San Telmo Institute, a partner school of IESE.
James Cogan, European Commission
James Cogan
, Advisor, European Commission

James Cogan advises corporate, academic and public clients on technology innovation, industrialisation and public policy, in particular on EU policy in relation to climate, innovation and economic development. He is a member of the Private Sector Mechanism of the UN's Committee on Food Security and a member of the Council for Innovation in photonics in Italy. He recently worked for the European Commission and its agencies and partners on innovation finance (grant programmes), co-ordination and support projects and innovation project development. He currently advises Ethanol Europe Renewables (Pannonia Ethanol) on project development and on public policy for transport biofuels. James has a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.
Bo J Gleerup

Bo Gleerup
, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nordic Green

Bo Gleerup is the Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Nordic Green. Nordic Green has a high level of expertise in marketing and selling advanced biofuels, specialising in biodiesel, low blending of gasoline with ethanol, fuel cells and bio-MTBE. 

The company aims to optimise value from the producer to the end-user in their different markets, based on an in-depth understanding of the customer’s value proposition as well as the local regulatory environment, including taxation.

Bo has more than 16 years of experience in sales and distribution of different raw materials and components for the food, feedstock and pharmaceutical industries.
He is also the owner and Chief Executive of distribution company Johannes Eriksen and a board member and business adviser for several companies. Bo has a BSc degree in business administration.
Michael Goldsworthy

Michael Goldsworthy
, Senior Consultant, NNFCC

Michael joined the NNFCC in 2012, having completed a PhD at the University of Exeter researching advanced microbial biofuels in collaboration with Shell.
Now a senior consultant, Michael works closely with the UK renewable fuels sector, providing knowledge and advice on UK and EU policy, market development and sustainability.
He regularly contributes to key industry working groups, most recently participating in the Department for Transport’s Transport Energy Taskforce, LowCVP’s E10 Working Group and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s expert group on lifecycle accounting for liquid biofuels.
Florian Gollin

Florian Gollin
, Sales Manager, ecoMotion

Florian joined biodiesel producer and marketer ecoMotion – a subsidiary of German firm Saria – in 2012, and is currently responsible for the firm’s commercial activities. Saria/ecoMotion operates five biodiesel plants in Europe with a total capacity of 300,000 t/yr. The plants mainly run animal fat and rapeseed oil.
George Hayes
George Hayes
, Global Trade Coordinator, CHS

American born, George Hayes spent his entire adolescence on the family farm outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Following his passion for agriculture, he moved to the United States to attend the University of Minnesota majoring in Agricultural Economics. For the past 20 years, George has focused on commodity trading. Working his way up from an internship at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, he began a 9 year career at Cargill, followed by senior trading positions at top tier commodity trade houses such as LDC, and ADM. Starting his career at the farmer level he worked his way up the value chain. With a vast experience in softs trading, he specialized in the sugar and ethanol sector since Y2K. Having been exposed to a multitude of markets and cultures, George began working as a Global Trade Coordinator for CHS managing trading activities in Asia, Europe, Brazil and US. 
Dr Jan Michael Henke
Dr. Jan Henke
, Director, Meo Carbon Solutions and ISCC

Jan Henke has studied International Economics at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He has worked for four years at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in the research area of environmental and resource economics. During that time he also acquired his PhD from the University of Potsdam in Germany. After that he joined Meo Carbon Solutions, a management consultancy focussing on sustainability, climate change and renewable resources. 

While working with Meo, Jan was involved from the beginning in the development of GRAS Global Risk Assessment Services and ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification). Jan is working on topics of renewable resources, sustainability, renewable energies, climate change, land use and land use change, GHG calculations and certification. The regional focus of Jan’s work is Europe, the Americas and South East Asia.
Gergor Herz, IKTS

Gregor Herz
, PhD Student, IKTS

Gregor Herz is a doctoral candidate at the Fraunhofer IKTS Dresden, where he works in the process systems engineering department. He graduated from the Technische Universitat Dresden in 2017 with a diploma in process engineering with simulation and optimisation as his field of specialisation. After graduation he continued his research on sustainable Fischer-Tropsch processes, which he had started during his thesis. While initially focusing on process simulation, his area of activity recently expanded to demonstrating the relevant processes used to obtain data that allow for a comprehensive evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of the novel process concepts. 
 Timo NEOTTimo Huhtisaari, Sustainability and Biofuels Expert, North European Oil Trade Oy (NEOT)

Timo Huhtisaari is the Sustainability and Biofuels Expert at North European Oil Trade Oy, a Finnish Fuel procurement company which is also operating in Sweden. Although Timo has been fully working at NEOT for a two and a half years, oil – and later biofuels – industry can be said to be for him in the milk. Only at the age of 15 he started as a summer helper for Esso Finland and has been in the industry ever since in various different tasks learning the characteristics of the whole fuel products supply chain. 

Through his Bachelor in Environmental engineering and later on Masters of Corporate Environmental Management he developed a deeper interest in environmental topics, renewable energy and specifically Biofuels. Now at NEOT Timo focuses on the Regulatory Affairs on Nordic and European. This is accompanied by leading the NEOT’s Corporate Responsibility team that looks after NEOT’s Advanced ethanol production projects in Gothenburg, Sweden and Kajaani, Finland.
Chris Judge

Chris Judge
, Vice-President, Crude and Products, Argus

Chris Judge is Vice-President for Crude and Products at the head office of Argus in London. He is responsible for the development of market appropriate price assessments, methodologies and editorial training and development. Chris was previously Editor of the daily Argus European Products report, which publishes price assessments used in physical and derivative indexation for the European gasoline markets, among others. 

Chris graduated in English literature at the University of Kent. Before joining Argus Chris worked for other media organisations, including energy price reporting service Platts, where he headed up the European products team in London, before moving to New York to manage the coverage of US product markets.
Geraldine Kutas
Géraldine Kutas
, Head of International Affairs, UNICA

Géraldine Kutas is Head of International Affairs at Brazilian sugar cane association UNICA and Senior International Adviser to the organisation’s president. Géraldine is responsible for defining and leading UNICA’s international activities. She has worked extensively in the area of international trade policy, and can call on this experience in her work to strengthen UNICA’s activities across the EU, the US and Asia. Géraldine has particular expertise in biofuels and agricultural policies, coupled with extensive exposure to multilateral and regional trade negotiations in agriculture. She has a PhD in international economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Brendan McGivern
Brendan McGivern
, Partner, White & Case

Brendan McGivern is a Partner in the Geneva office of law firm White and Case and Head of the firm’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) practice. Brendan advises companies, industry associations and sovereign governments on the full range of WTO rules. He represents WTO member states in dispute settlement proceedings before panels and the appellate body. Brendan has extensive experience in international energy trade law issues. He has an active practice in public international law, including the negotiation and implementation of environmental treaties. Prior to joining White and Case, Brendan was Senior Legal Adviser and Head of the dispute settlement section at the Canadian Mission to the WTO in Geneva.
Larissa Perotta

Larissa Perotta
, Technologist, Axens

Larissa is a Technologist in the Alternative Fuels Technology Group of French technical consulting firm Axens. Larissa started her career at Axens in 2010 as a Process Engineer, participating in refining and petrochemical projects. She was deeply involved in developing cellulosic ethanol technology and participated in pilot plant operations and full-scale industrial unit design. In 2014, she joined the dedicated Technology Group created by Axens to promote its technological solutions for the production of alternative fuels and intermediates. She specialises in cellulosic ethanol and the hydrogenation of renewable lipids technologies. She holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidade Federal do Parana in Brazil and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering and Refining from France’s IFP.
Dickon Posnett

Dickon Posnett
, Director of Corporate Affairs, Argent Energy

Dickon has worked in the biodiesel industry since 2004. Initially the Development Director for Argent Energy in the UK, he has managed Argent’s marketing and now focuses on advocacy and the relevant legislative and regulatory instruments that affect biodiesel markets in Europe and around the world. Argent, owned by John Swire and Sons, specialises in the production of waste-based biodiesel and has recently constructed a second plant in the UK able to handle very low-grade waste feedstocks. Dickon was involved in setting up the supply chain for high blends of waste-based biodiesel to London buses, works closely with the UK’s Department of Transport on policy and is Vice-President of the European Biodiesel Board, where he has chaired the Advanced Biodiesel sector group for a number of years. Dickon is also President of the RBO, a scheme aimed at satisfying the European Commission requirement for a single database for biofuel trades to ensure a robust and trustworthy trading market in Europe.
Eduardo Puertas
Eduardo Puertas
, Head of Ethanol, ED&F Man

Eduardo Puertas is responsible for the global ethanol desk of ED&F MAN, a world leader in the trade of sugar, ethanol, grains, coffee and molasses. He is based in Brazil.
Previously, Eduardo was Asia Ethanol Manager for ED&F MAN in Singapore, and was responsible for developing, implementing and managing a leading trading platform for oil industry participants and beverage/industrial companies. He was also responsible for the ethanol operation in the Philippines as Country Manager for Ethanol, creating a unique logistics and distribution structure offering a tailor-made operation for clients’ needs. Eduardo has worked in the agro-commodities trading sector for almost 10 years, focused on bringing value to clients and on fully developing ED&F Man´s ethanol team. Eduardo is a law graduate and has a post-graduate degree in business.

Chris Snyder
Christopher Snyder
, Executive Director - Europe Operations, Renewable Energy Group

Chris Snyder was named Executive Director of Renewable Energy Group’s (REG) Europe Operations in June 2017. Chris joined REG in 2016 as Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis, where he led the integration of biodiesel producer Petrotec. REG completed the acquisition of Petrotec — now known as REG Germany — a fully integrated company utilising waste feedstocks to produce biodiesel at two bio-refineries in Germany in January 2017. After starting his career in finance and brand marketing at Amoco Oil, Chris held leadership roles in multiple agriculture-based industries. Prior to joining REG, Chris was most recently President and Chief Executive of Essentia Protein Solutions, a global food and feed ingredient company with operations in the US, Europe, and South America. Chris has an MBA in brand marketing and international business from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois and a BBA in finance from the University of Iowa.
James Standage

James Standage
, Biodiesel Physical Broker, OTC Europe

James Standage is a Biodiesel Physical Broker at London-based energy brokerage OTC Europe. James joined the company in 2014, bringing the team he had established in his previous role at Oil Brokerage, specialising in swaps and physical products. James joined Oil Brokerage in 2008, after three years at HBI in Paris, where he sold market reports, brokered castor oil derivatives and started in an emergent biodiesel market. James graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 2005.

Adam Stepien
Adam Stepien
, Director General, Polish Chamber of Biofuels

Adam Stepien became director-general of the Polish Association of Oil Producers in 2015. He has held the same position at the Polish national chamber of biofuels KIB since 2011. He is also vice-chairman of the bioenergy and biotechnology working group at European farming association Copa-Cogeca in Brussels, Belgium. 

In 2008-10, he was a representative of Poland’s National Council of Agricultural Chambers at Copa in Brussels Adam graduated from the zootechnical faculty at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. His postgraduate studies covered the functioning of the EU and   political science. Adam has authored numerous publications and articles on agriculture, renewable energy and transport biofuels.

Per Koustrup

Per Sune Koustrup
, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner, Nordic Green

Per Sune has more than 12 years of experience in the renewable energy sector. He previously worked for Scandinavia’s largest fuel company, Circle K — formerly Norwegian state-controlled Statoil’s retail arm. Per Sune headed Circle K’s business-to-business pricing strategy and oversaw sales exceeding 800,000 m³/yr, equivalent to 20pc of the fuel sold in Denmark. He has discussed biofuels, Opec crude production and consumer prices in national media, and serves as an alcohol fuels expert on industry association IEA-AMF’s subcommittee. Nordic Green is one of only a handful of European companies that trades large quantities of bio-methanol. 
Melanie Williams
Dr. Melanie Williams
, Director, Melanie Williams Consulting

Dr Melanie Williams is an expert in sustainability and supply chain traceability. She has been an independent consultant for the past five years working with both companies producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals plus EU approved Voluntary Sustainability Schemes. Melanie started her career with BP. She spent ten years developing new processes for the chemicals and refining businesses. She led the work to develop and implement new BP processes for the production of both bulk chemical and speciality products. Melanie then worked for SERCO, leading the Environmental Measurements Group at the National Physical Laboratory in the UK for over seven years. The Group provided high quality, accredited, environmental monitoring and instrumentation certification services to government and industry customers worldwide. She has a MA in Natural Sciences and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge. 
Alejandro Eito, White Sugar Trading Manager, Alvean
James Fry, Chairman, LMC International 
Luis Rodrigo Poch, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, UCO Trading

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Mark Chesworth, Managing Director, Vivergo

Mark joined Vivergo Fuels in December 2013, bringing a wealth of expertise after working in multiple industries. Mark joined ABF (Associated British Foods) in 2004 as Supply Chain Director for Ryvita, before moving on to become Operations Director for UK Grocery Group. His most recent role prior to joining Vivergo was as the Commodities and Procurement Director sitting on the Westmill Foods Board. Mark sits on a number of boards, including the AB Sugar Board and as a member of the ePure board. The Vivergo Fuels bioethanol plant in Hull was officially opened in July 2013 by business secretary Vince Cable MP and is owned by ABF as a majority shareholder, along with DuPont. The plant represents a £400mn investment in the renewables sector in the UK. It operates from the Humber’s Energy Estuary and is an official member of the UK government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership. The plant is the UK’s largest bioethanol producer and the largest single-source supplier of animal feed, providing valuable commodities that the UK would usually have imported in the past. 

Argus Biofuels 2017

 Wednesday 18 October



Registration and breakfast

Breakfast sponsored by UPM Biofuels


Chairperson's opening remarks


An update on legislative developments

  • Outlining regulations and proposals under RED
  • An overview of key industry developments
  • Focus for developing post-2020 reforms
  • Analysing the role of biofuels in GHG commitments

Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice-President - Renewable Products, Neste


An overview of the market and trading               

  • Analysing market trends
  • Outlining this year’s trading patterns
  • Outlining global trading forecast

Christine Ancker, Editor - Argus European Biofuels, Argus


What is the future for biofuels markets?

  • Analysing the European Commission’s proposals for RED II
  • How can the market prepare for RED II?
  • To what extent will the RED II support the biofuels industry?
  • What is the future of raw materials?
  • Which feedstock will be used?

Christopher Snyder, Executive Director - Europe Operations, REG

10.10 Panel Discussion: The outlook for development of domestic markets in EU member states
  • To what extent will the industry fragment further to domestic markets
  • What role do biofuels play in meeting member states’ emissions targets?
  • How will member states compete in the markets post-2020?
  • How will this shift in responsibility impact, develop and stagnate markets?
  • What is the future of raw materials?
  • The outlook for global feedstock imports to the European market
  • How will the UK act in the biofuels markets post-Brexit, including the UK’s ability to dump? What will be the UK’s environmental policy?

Aaron Berry, Head of Low Carbon Fuels Strategy, Department of Transport UK
Adam Stepien, Director General, Polish Chamber of Biofuels

10.50 Networking coffee break


11.30 Reviewing challenges with biofuels classification and certification
  • Defining advanced biofuels
  • Assessing the extent of disparate specifications in biodiesel products
  • Reviewing challenges of classification and certification

Dr. Jan Henke, Director, ISCC and Director, Meo Carbon Solutions

11.50 How is the potential for UERs legislation influencing biofuels markets?
  • How will producers optimise emissions reduction and reach their GHG targets?
  • Comparing the effectiveness of blending to biofuels use in order to reach targets

Elmar Baumann, Managing Director, VDB

12.10 Panel Discussion: Interpreting the changing value of the market and its driving factors
  • Predicting the future of trading: regional hubs or the ARA AOM
  • Changing the view of data on the markets 
  • Analysing the limited liquidity of the markets and how this will change
  • Reviewing the impact of a fragmented market place
  • Reviewing capacity through changes in legislation and technologies
  • Assessing the feasibility of feedstocks and biofuel products going forward

James Standage, Biodiesel Physical Broker, OTC Europe

12.40 Networking lunch - sponsored by Axens


14.00 Case Study: A success story - the Finnish biofuels market
  • Finland’s development of its biofuels market and production
  • Analysing the importance of the forestry industry in its market development

Sari Mannonen, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels

14.20 To what extent is investment incentivised in the biofuels sector? 
  • How investors perceive biofuels in the sustainable energy mix
  • Outlining investors risks and expectations in biofuels market
  • To what extent is law is supporting investment into biofuels 
  • Evaluating the investment landscape    

Dickon Posnett, Director of Corporate Affairs, Argent Energy

14.40 Case Study: Developing new projects and new technologies
  • Limitations on implementing new projects
  • Demand vs. supply of HVO products
  • Isolating the value chain to turn a project into fruition: EPCs, technology suppliers, operators and investors

Larissa Perotta, Technologist, Axens

15.00 Panel Discussion: The perspective of producers – plans for investment and expansion into the biofuels markets, challenges faced, which technologies and feedstocks are the future
  • Assessing the extent of disparate production qualities
  • How will oil companies fulfil their mandates?
  • Where will feedstock come from?
  • Which feedstock will be used?
  • The effect of technology and legislation impacting HVO capability
  • How will HVO transform the market?

Christophe Dargnies, Vice-President - Biofuels, Total

15.30   Networking coffee break
16.00 Understanding the current landscape of co-processing and realising any growth potential
  • Outlining the landscape of developments in co-processing
  • Reviewing the outlook of Germany in co-processing
  • New opportunities in co-processing
  • Reviewing developments in HVO
16.20 Chairperson's closing remarks 
16.45 Networking drinks reception - sponsored by REG

 Thursday 19 October


Registration and breakfast

Breakfast sponsored by UPM Biofuels


Chairperson's opening remarks


09.40 Understanding the global oilseeds landscape
  • Reviewing the competitive environment between feedstocks; including shifts in oilseeds and movements in advanced biofuels
  • Evaluating durability of feedstocks
  • Assessing the future of feedstock production and demand

James Fry, Chairman, LMC International

10.00 Reviewing the outlook for waste-based feedstocks and the prospects of utilisation in the industry
  • Evaluating the availability of waste-based feedstocks
  • Evaluating the current UCO market price and availability
  • An overview of the key European markets for UCO and tallow
  • Reviewing issues in certification
  • Evaluating capacity for utilising waste as feedstock

Luis Rodrigo Poch, General Manager, UCO Trading

10.20 Panel Discussion: What is the future of feedstock purchasing in Europe?
  • Outlining the availability of feedstocks from around the world
  • Which feedstocks will be prioritised under RED II legislative reforms?
  • Does capacity and infrastructure support RED II plans for feedstock?
  • Outlining limitations on utilising different feedstocks

Dr. Michael Goldsworthy, Senior Consultant, NNFCC


Markets in perspective

 Technology stream


Outlining the global outlook for anti-dumping tariffs
  • Analysing the impact on value of an open market
  • Assessing potential changes to global anti-dumping tariffs
  • Evaluating the impact of tariffs on Argentinian and Indonesian markets
  • How much product will be moved to European markets as a result of tariff changes?

Brendan McGivern, Partner, White & Case

Spotlight on advancements in HVO technologies
  • Employing new technology in plants
  • Case study: pilot plant with new technologies

Outlining key developments in African Markets

  • Analysing affects of supply into Europe
  • Key bio-refinery developments

Ohene Akoto, Director, Jatropha Africa

Technology Showcase:

This session will consist of a number of 10-minute presentations, followed-up by a five-minute Q&A session. A unique opportunity to join a live debate on available technologies.

12.40 Networking lunch
14.00 Analysing US legislation and how this is affecting EU markets and pricing

  • Outlining up-to-date developments in the US legislation
  • Assessing price indicators from developments in the US markets
Technology Showcase:

The exclusive showcase of new technology continues in this fast paced session

Gregor Herz, PhD Student, IKTS
14.20 Demand for biofuels in the transport sector
  • Where do biofuels fit in reaching emissions reduction targets in the transport sector?
  • Assessing jet fuel qualities and GHG savings
  • Analysing future demand for biofuels in the aviation and maritime industries
  • Reviewing regulations impacting the transport sector and incentivising sustainable fuels
Networking coffee break
14.50 Roundtables

In a fast-changing market, meet with key industry players in the biofuels industry to discuss different perspectives of biofuel market developments

End of technology stream
15.50 Chairperson's closing remarks
16.00 End of conference 

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Looking for fair international trade of renewable diesel: What tools and what perspectives?

  • Guaranteeing a fair and secure market for advanced biofuels
  • Assessing actions at crucial ongoing WTO biodiesel and HVO panel
  • Exploring new anti-fraud sub-schemes and practical goals
Raffaello Garofalo, Secretary General, EBB – European Biodiesel Board

Looking for fair international trade of renewable diesel: What tools and what perspectives?

  • Guaranteeing a fair and secure market for advanced biofuels
  • Assessing actions at crucial ongoing WTO biodiesel and HVO panel
  • Exploring new anti-fraud sub-schemes and practical goals
Raffaello Garofalo, Secretary General, EBB – European Biodiesel Board

Ethanol Focus Day Agenda

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Registration and morning coffee


Chairperson's opening remarks

09.30 An overview of the global markets in bioethanol

  • Outlining global landscape of bioethanol products and sourcing
  • Assessing key developments in bioethanol markets

Mark Chesworth, Chief Executive Officer, Vivergo

09.50 The impact of post 2020 reforms on the bioethanol markets

  • Outlining the reforms to bioethanol markets
  • Is there a future for the iLUC concept?
  • To what extent will favouring 2G biofuels change bioethanol production and the competitive landscape across biofuels products

Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities

10.10 Panel Discussion: An overview of market potential and pricing outlook

  • EU member state regulations on crops for bioethanol: crop caps
  • Assessing current trade flows 
  • Emerging market opportunities in bioethanol

Per Sune Koustrup, Chief Executive Officer and Co-owner, Nordic Green
Eduardo Puertas, Head of Ethanol, Ed&F Man
Timo Huhtisaari
, Sustainability and Biofuels Expert, Neot
George Hayes, Global Trade Coordinator, CHS

10.50 Mid-morning coffee and networking

Reviewing trading and price signals in the US markets

  • To what extent will duty changes impact the European ethanol markets
  • Asessing pricing in the US markets

George Hayes, Global Trade Coordinator, CHS


The sugar production landscape and supply demand

  • Reviewing supply and demand dynamics
  • Exploring current availability for sugar imports

Géraldine Kutas, Head of International Affairs, UNICA


Panel Discussion: How will the end of the sugar production quota impact the ethanol production in the EU and its place in the energy mix?

  • Forecasting the sugar price
  • Estimating European sugar imports

Alejandro Eito, White Sugar Trading Manager, Alvean

12.40 Networking lunch

The outlook of EU feedstock supply and the impact of RED II on the agricultural industry

  • The European Union is currently deliberating a draft law which would see conventional biofuels severely capped and phased out
  • The proposed law fails to take account of the fact that Europe can produce current and even higher volumes of biofules very effectively and safely
  • Industry, agriculture and climate stakeholders need to make their voices heard above the noise

James Cogan, Industry and Policy Analyst, Ethanol Europe Renewables


Case study: Belgium adopting E10

  • Application of 10% ethanol in fuel
  • Outlining the challenges and drivers in introducing the new standard

Afternoon coffee and networking


Ethanol roundtables

Focused peer-to-peer discussions led by topic experts in each area. An opportunity to have your say and have your most pressing questions answered. 

Roundtable 1: What are the advantages between ethanol and methanol use? - led by: Bo Gleerup, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner, Nordic Green

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Chairperson's closing remarks

16.10 Ice-breaker drinks reception - Open to all conference delegates

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