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Argus Biofuels & Feedstocks Asia Conference

Singapore
April 2025
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2024 Agenda

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SAF focus day

08:30 - 09:30

Morning registration and networking

09:30 - 09:45

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Speakers Include:

Jonty Richardson

Senior Consulting Manager
Argus
09:45 - 10:00

Brainstorming session

Vote on your most pressing questions and compare your answers with other attendees. Submit any further questions you would like the group to answer during the SAF Focus Day. This is an effective way to make sure your key questions are explored throughout the day, and you leave with key takeaways. These objectives will be discussed at the end of the day.

SAF fuelling decarbonisation in Asia

10:00 - 10:20

Keynote speaker: Taking off towards sustainability – an overview of the SAF landscape

- The regulatory market is ever changing – what trends can we expect to see, a short term and long-term analysis
- Voluntary initiatives versus compliance markets – a deep dive into the future of regulation in Asia
- Building a sustainable air hub – what is next for Singapore?

Speakers Include:

Daniel Ng

Chief Sustainability Officer/Senior Director
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
10:20 - 11:00

Airline panel discussion: Charting the future of SAF – a vision from airlines’ perspective

Developing a sustainable future for tomorrow – how SAF can lead the way to net zero objectives; a view on pricing, challenges and upcoming innovations in the market

- What are airlines’ views on the SAF market and new developments?
- The role of customers in pricing for a “greener” industry, are governments in Asia willing to assist?
- What are the challenges in the market, and what innovations are under way to meet sustainability goals?

Speakers Include:

Phillip See Yew Jin

Group Chief Sustainability Officer
Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG)

Sam Gordon

Sustainability Manager
Air New Zealand

Hamza Mazloum

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Procurement Manager
Cathay Pacific Airways Limited

Interviewer:

Jonty Richardson

Senior Consulting Manager
Argus
11:00 - 11:50

Morning coffee and networking

Forging a resilient supply chain for tomorrow

11:50 - 12:30

Industry panel discussion: The feedstock supply chain bottleneck – Asia’s role as a global player

- What factors will increase competition for feedstocks for the aviation, marine and road industries?
- Securing feedstocks – what role does diversifying feedstocks play on greater feedstock security?
- Looking towards new horizons – are trade flows from Asia to the US creating new opportunities?

Speakers Include:

Shutong Liu

Founder
Motion Eco
Johan Ullman

Johan Ullman

Managing Director
Marquis Energy Global Pte. Ltd.

Thomas Wu

Chief Executive Officer
ASB Biodiesel (HK) Limited

Moderator:

Julian McGill

Founder and Managing Director
Glenauk Economics
12:30 - 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 - 14:30

Feedstock focus: Comparing Asia feedstocks

- Feedstock efficacy: Comparing feedstock types in the market based on price and quality
- How do global regulations influence the supply and demand of Asian feedstocks?
- A deep dive into UCO and HVO – how is Asia placed as feedstock producer in 2024?

Speakers Include:

Vinesh Sinha

CEO & Founder
FatHopes Energy

Sustainability and certification

14:30 - 15:00

Presentation and Q&A: Sustainability certification of SAF

An overview of SAF certification and outline of the ISCC SAF credit transfer system.

Speakers Include:

Vasu R Vasuthewan

Advisor
ISCC System GmbH
15:00 - 15:45

Afternoon coffee and networking

New technologies with net-zero end goals

15:45 - 16:30

Technical focus: Current and future trends in SAF technologies

- A glimpse into the future: The emergence of new SAF pathways and solutions
- From A to J, Fischer-Tropsch, HEFA, waste-to-jet, to e-fuels – where does the future of SAF lie?
- Insight into supply chains for alternative technologies – what are new and future market developments?
- Exploring price competitiveness within emerging technological solutions

Speakers Include:

Kan-Ern Liew

Head of Technology
Airbus Malaysia

Sashikant Madgula

Business Segment Leader – Renewables
Sulzer

Jeremy Baines

Chief Commercial Officer
EcoCeres, Inc.

Neville Hargreaves

Vice President Altalto project
Velocys

Financing the future, new market opportunities

16:30 - 17:00

Financing for the SAF Projects in Asia

Craft your business strategies by gaining insight into financing considerations for SAF projects.
- Explore smart risk management and project financing: your essential guide to raising capital for bio-refineries
- Insights from a project financer on gaining investment traction and standing out in accessing capital

Speakers Include:

Siddhartha Shrivastava

Head of New Energies Asia
SMBC
17:00 - 17:10

Review of brainstorming session and chairperson's closing remarks

Speakers Include:

Jonty Richardson

Senior Consulting Manager
Argus
17:10

Close of SAF focus day

17:10

Welcome drinks reception

The drinks reception will take place at the MBS Convention Centre. Enjoy the glamourous spirit of Singapore and take in the breath-taking Marina Bay skyline at our exclusive networking reception. Forge valuable connections in good company, and exchange insights with biofuels industry experts.

Conference day one

07:45 - 08:00

Women’s breakfast registration opening

08:00 - 08:40

Networking breakfast: Fuelling Success – rise and shine with leading women in biofuels

An opportunity for women in the biofuels industry to network, share and learn about experiences with their peers.

Panellists:

Xiaoyue Chen

Asia Biofuels Trader
CEPSA

Carrie Song

Senior Vice President, Commercial, Global Renewable Products
Neste

Jing Xieng JX Han

General Manager, Asia-Pacific
GoodFuels

Judy Wong

Vice President of Advanced Biofuels
EcoCeres, Inc.

Moderator:

Sunita Sharma

Vice President, Asia, Products
Argus
08:40 - 09:20

Morning registration and networking

09:20 - 09:25

Welcome address

Speakers Include:

Placeholder

Shyla Bector

Conference Producer
Argus
09:25 - 09:30

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Speakers Include:

Placeholder

Karl Kleemeier

Head of Asia, Argus
09:30 - 09:50

Industry stakeholder keynote address: Neste - Building a strategy for the future, ensuring security of supply for the Asian market

- Assessing the future of SAF in the Asian market and key success factors.
- Unpacking Neste’s contribution: how do expanding refining operations play a vital role in boosting SAF accessibility in Asia and worldwide?
- Why we need renewable fuels and polymers in conjunction with other solutions on the journey to sustainability.

Speakers Include:

Carrie Song

Senior Vice President, Commercial, Global Renewable Products
Neste

Global Legislative Shifts

09:50 - 10:05

Government keynote address: Singapore’s ascent as Asia’s future biofuels hub

- Singapore’s net zero ambition: What does the future hold?
- What are the opportunities in biofuels and feedstock in Singapore?
- How Singapore can partner industry players to catalyse growth across the biofuel value chain

Speakers Include:

Lee Chuan Teck

Chairman 
Enterprise Singapore
10:05 - 11:50

Global biofuels panel: Shifting trade flows, pricing mechanisms and key insights from industry leaders

- Who are the primary purchasers of feedstock products and what recent developments have emerged in the offboarding markets?
- What pricing mechanisms are in place for feedstocks?
- What do the recent shifts in trade flows towards the US mean for the Asian market, and what key considerations should industry stakeholders be vigilant about?
- Gain insight on European producer's perspectives on biofuel supply chain localization

Speakers Include:

Oto Pison

Overseas Division Director
Envien Group

Chris Markey

Deputy Regional Director, Southeast Asia & Oceania
U.S. Grains Council

Arezki Djeloudji

Partner
Greenea
10:50 - 11:35

Morning coffee and networking

11:35 - 11:50

Exploring evolving trends in the EU and US regulatory and certification landscape for biofuels

- How can you navigate traceability requirements for exporting feedstocks to the United States and Europe? Looking at how to bring in new feedstocks into the market (soybean, canola, tallow, carinata, etc.)
- What are the buying decisions of the US, European, and Canadian markets in purchasing feedstocks from Asia, and how has legislation played a role?
- How can foreign companies ensure eligibility for credits in the US market? Delving into Quality Assurance Plans (QAP), qualified Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

Speakers Include:

Kristine Klavers

Managing Director - Low Carbon Petroleum & Refining, EcoEngineers
11:50 - 12:30

Association panel discussion: Crafting an Asia-wide biofuel strategy and navigating emerging regulations

Join this important session on the interaction between policies and market forces and gain better clarity on new governmental policies in Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, India, China and Australia.
- How are governments encouraging growth in the biofuels markets – will new incentives and subsidies be put in place?
- What new mandates are emerging and are regions backing them?
- How can regulatory fragmentation be reduced so that doing business is made easier?

Speakers Include:

Steven Bartholomeusz

Head of Public Affairs, Asia Pacific
Neste

Clarence Woo

Executive Director
Asian Clean Fuels Association (ACFA)

Sanin Triyanond

Chairman
Thai Biodiesel Producer Association
12:30 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Sustainability and Regulatory Perspectives

14:00 - 14:40

Regulatory panel discussion: Sustainable certification in a fragmented regulatory Asian market

Stay informed with leading certifying bodies, ensuring you are up-to-date on current developments. Do not miss this opportunity to make informed business decisions for a successful future.

- Sustainability certification in global and regional regulations: How does it operate and what hurdles does it face?
- Considering recent anti-dumping investigations, how is the regulatory industry working towards improvement and ensuring compliance in the sector and ensuring supplier credibility?
- Current and upcoming sustainability tracing initiatives: What are their advantages and limitations?

Speakers Include:

Summer He

SCS China, Sales director
China and Southeast Asia of SCS Global Services

Jason Gan

Senior Trader - Biofuels
STX Group

Vinesh Sinha

CEO & Founder
FatHopes Energy
14:40 - 15:00

Exploring traceability within the market

- Deep dive into traceability – in light of new regulations, conjectures of anti-dumping, what should you be looking out for?
- Legislation – what is expected in the future, and what are businesses doing from a feedstock and technology perspective to ensure transparency across the supply chain?

Speakers Include:

Ryan Kim

Founder and CEO
Recycle Ledger

Overcoming Feedstock Challenges

15:00 - 15:25

Presentation and Q&A: Feedstock central – unlocking the potential of resources and overcoming the feedstock bottleneck

- From feedstock availability to traceability, you ask and we answer!
- What is the outlook for managing waste feedstocks in Asia amid changing global supply chains?
- Sourcing for solutions – given finite availability for feedstocks, what is the outlook for feedstock sourcing?

Speakers Include:

Jonty Richardson

Senior Consulting Manager
Argus
15:25 - 16:10

Afternoon coffee and networking

16:10 - 16:30

Navigating the palm-based feedstock challenge in Asia

- Bottom buy-in: Looking at key markets of interest such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and China
- How are the new European RED regulations affecting demand for palm oil in the Asian market?
- Are there concerns about palm oil sustainability and potential changes in metrics and ground rules for sustainable palm oil usage?

Speakers Include:

U. R. Unnithan

Cofounder and CEO & President
Dibiz Pte Ltd & Malaysia Biodiesel Association
16:30 - 16:45

Evolution of Palm Oil Price Drivers

A review of the relationship between palm oil prices and related oleochemical feedstock measures throughout distinct historical periods
- Key oleochemicals, such as glycerine, fatty acids, and fatty alcohols, have experienced high degrees of price volatility during the past 5 years
- Efforts to explain current prices and forecasts rely on understanding relationships between oleochemicals prices and related feedstock measures
- Do market assumptions about these relationships hold true now, and did they ever?

Speakers Include:

Carolina Palma

Senior Market Reporter Oleochemicals
Argus
16:45 - 16:50

Chairperson’s closing remarks

16:50

Networking drinks reception

Join attendees for drinks after the conference and carry on your discussions in an informal setting

Marine fuels morning

8:30 - 9:00

Morning registration and networking

Marine Fuels Morning

09:05 - 09:50

Keynote speakers: Decarbonising the marine sector

- Decarbonisation and developments in the bunker industry
- Mandates, movements, policy changes and more – what are the steps being take to meet decarbonisation goals?
- What are the expected supply chain trends over the next 2-3 years (short term)?

Speakers Include:

Jan-Paul de Wilde

Head - Decarbonisation, Energy Transition and Innovation
RINA Singapore

Jesper Lindegaard Sørensen

Global Head of Alternative Fuels and Carbon Markets
KPI Ocean Connect

H.E. Rachmat Kaimuddin

Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Transportation Coordination
Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment of the Republic of Indonesia
09:50 - 10:20

Argus views: Future outlook of the maritime fuel industry

- The regulatory market is ever changing – what new developments are we expecting within the next five years?
- Different fuels in the market (UCOME, POME) – price analysis, efficacy and potential for meeting decarbonisation goals

Speakers Include:

Mahua Chakravarty

Editor, Marine Fuels (Asia)
Argus
10:20 - 11:00

Morning coffee and networking

11:00 - 11:45

Maritime panel discussion: A multi-fuels future – marine fuels challenges and outlook

Developing a sustainable future for tomorrow – how marine fuels can lead the way to net zero objectives; a view on pricing, challenges and upcoming innovations in the market.

- What are the challenges and roadblocks to a multi-fuel future in the maritime sector?
- Planning for the transition from conventional marine fuel to low or zero-carbon fuels to ensure safe and cost-effective implementations
• The role of different stakeholders such as cargo owners, government/regulators, ports, and finance for a successful transition

Speakers Include:

Partha Das

Global Technical Manager – FOBAS
Lloyd's Register Singapore

Nirva Ghelani

Maritime Decarbonisation Lead
BHP

Jing Xieng JX Han

General Manager, Asia-Pacific
GoodFuels
Placeholder

Satinder Virdi

Principal Consultant, Head of Research and Development
Maritime Advisory (South East Asia, Pacific & India)
11:45 - 12:30

Shipping Panel discussion: Biofuels for the marine shipping sector

- Blended biofuels on ships are on the rise - learn more from the shipping community about the potential and competition for biofuels within the maritime industry.
- What are some practical considerations for the use of biofuels onboard, and how do they compare across different vessel types (e.g., containerships, tankers, cruise ships)?
- How will ship owners meet stringent sustainability criteria, and what is the future production potential within the maritime industry?

Speakers Include:

Ilyas Muhammad

Director, Head of Green Fuels
Hapag-Lloyd AG

Siddharth Kaul

Global Lead Carbon Projects
Alcom Carbon Markets

Prapisala Thepsithar

Director, Research and Projects
Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation

Interviewer:

Andrew Khaw

Editor - Asia Freight
Argus
12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

Future of fuels: technology outlook

13:30 - 14:00

Panel discussion: Exploring tomorrow's technological advancements

- Traceability issues: what new tools are used to trace feedstocks across the supply chain?
- Price considerations: how do different technological solutions compare in terms of price competitiveness?
- Alternative solutions – looking at technologies from new pathways to higher yield technologies to e-fuels; a broad overview of what is in the market

Speakers Include:

Sanjay C Kuttan

Chief Technology Officer
Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Saunak Rai

Saunak Rai

General Maneger & Vice Chairman
14:00 - 14:15

Fighting fires – how to protect your plant from damages

- Hear how to mitigate risks in your biofuels plants and prepare for worst case scenarios.
- Learn more about industrial fire prevention and protection systems.

Speakers Include:

Håkan Johansson

Division Manager - Asia
Firefly
14:15 - 14:20

Chairperson’s closing remarks

Speakers Include:

Placeholder

Ammo Parmar

Net Zero Asia Editor
Argus