Argus North American Biofuels, LCFS & Carbon Markets Summit

Monterey, California, US
16-18 September 2024
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Join a revised program for your 3-day event that now includes more content and networking on September 16, including the new SAF Focus Day*, the half day RINs, RFS, LCFS Workshop*, Women's in Biofuels and Carbon Network Session and the new Golf Experience* all from the morning of September 16.
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*Please note: The SAF Focus Day, RINs, RFS, LCFS Workshop and Golf Experience are paid add-ons and cannot be purchased separately.

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Main Conference: Day One


Morning registration and networking

You can collect your badge from the registration desk for your Conference Day One sessions

Optional add-ons - RINs Workshop, SAF Focus Day, Golf Experience

See separate tabs along the top for more information on the optional add-ons you can select with your main conference pass

Women in biofuels and carbon network

10:30 - 11:00

Registration and coffee

11:00 - 12:00

Women in biofuels and carbon network - panel discussion

Inspirational stories from women who have excelled their careers within the biofuels and carbon industries. Hear how they reached the top, the lessons they learnt on the way, and how they stood out

Speakers Include:

Carrie Song

Senior Vice President, Commercial, Global Renewable Products
12:00 - 13:00

Networking lunch

The renewable natural gas picture - pathways to commercialization

13:00 - 13:10

Chairpersons opening remarks

13:10 - 13:40

Keynote address: The interplay between RNG, carbon and biofuels - reducing the life cycle carbon intensity by utilising RNG

• Supporting decarbonization goals by investing in RNG production
• Understanding the key strategies and investments to reach climate goals
• What collaboration is needed in the industry to boost production and supply?

14:30 - 15:00

Regulatory panel discussion: Creating clarity and understanding how the industry can scale-up based on a volatile regulatory environment

Learn from regulatory exports on fuel standards including the Renewable Fuels Standard, LCFS, grant and tax programmes and how these work specifically for RNG – overcome stability and risk factors

• What measures are policy makers taking to create more stable incentives?
• How to report your scope emissions and from a carbon accounting standpoint
• What does the LCFS programmes do to the role of renewable gas and CI scores?
• What are the regulatory developments within the biomethane and hydrogen industries?

Speakers Include:

Patrick Serfass

Executive Director
American Biogas Council

Sam Wade

Director of Public Policy
RNG Coalition
15:30 - 16:10

360˚ panel discussion: Exploring the future direction for biogas – where can the industry generate the most value?

Assessing options for RNG end markets including; transportation, marine, utilities, feedstock use, data centres and use in EVs. Where could we also see RNG exports including European products?

• How has the industry adapted to “boom and bust” cycles and what is current RNG demand?
• What is the growing interest for RNG becoming a feedstock for hydrogen and connecting the natural gas market to vehicle electric charging?
• Putting RNG delivery into practice: how to overcome the main supply chain hurdles

Speakers Include:

Grant Zimmerman

Chief Executive Officer
Amp Americas
15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon coffee and networking

16:10 - 16:30

Jumpstarting the market for renewable hydrogen by establishing a new ‘Hydrogen Hub’

• Scaling up hydrogen in California and understand how to make the hub cost dependent
• Assessing the most appropriate end markets including heavy duty and industrial applications
• Gaining $1.2 billion funding for the hydrogen hub and benefits to the region

16:30 - 16:40

Chairperson’s closing remarks

17:10 - 19:00

Networking drinks reception

Main Conference: Day Two

08:00 - 09:00

Morning registration and networking

09:00 - 09:10

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Keynote opening address

09:10 - 09:30

Special guest keynote address: Achieving net-zero carbon pollution in California by 2045

• What is California’s clean fuels strategy and its role in the energy transition?
• Moving away from fossil fuels and strategies for the road and aviation sector
• Exploring the investment and development for the National Hydrogen (H2) Hub

09:30 - 09:50

Special guest keynote address: Reducing emissions and growing the economy with enacting the Clean Fuel Standard in New Mexico

• Outlining plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around transportation corridors
• Funding low carbon equipment and infrastructure to help meet climate goals
• Identifying final steps of the rulemaking process to adopt rules governing the clean fuel market

Updates on regulatory standards

09:50 - 10:20

CARB proposals: LCFS programme updates and what this means for credit prices and product supply

• What does the future of the programme look like from a credit price standpoint, including agriculture, and the impact it has on incentivizing the build of biofuel plants?
• Understanding the requirements for demonstrating sustainability for crop use
• What will the impact of the LCFS programme have on project economics and financing technologies?
• What do the carbon target proposals look like to incentivize EVs?

10:20 - 10:50

Morning coffee and networking

Innovation zone: Take a trip to the innovation zone to explore new technologies and innovative products used to cut down carbon emissions and improve your businesses CI scores

10:50 - 11:40

LCFS programme panel: Exploring clean fuel programmes in development including; Oregon, Washington and New York

• What do current programmes look like and what is the impact on the renewables industry?
• What impact could the LCFS programme have on the price of credits?
• Will there be cap limit on the amount of crop-based biofuels?
• How will programmes expand the scope to cover marine and non-transportation uses of fossil fuel?

11:40 - 12:20

Regulatory Q&A: How policy options are impacting market supply and the interplay between carbon reduction programmes

Hear from regulatory experts on the most recent updates on programmes including the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), cap and trade. Pose your questions and understand how the interplay between proposals will impact market supply and trends

• What role could the IRA play, from an economics perspective, in scaling feedstocks?
• Where does cap and trade fit into the broader regulatory picture and how are carbon reduction programmes impacting this?
• How will the IRA tax guidance around qualification of biofuels treatment equipment work?
• What does the 45Z tax credit look like and how will it boost investments?

12:20 - 12:50

Spotlight on Canada: Assessing fuel programmes, carbon taxes and policies driving towards net zero emissions by 2050

• How does British Colombia see its LCFS programme fit into the federal program?
• Accelerating the use of clean technologies and fuels through investments and initiatives
• How is credit trading developing and what are the current challenges?

12:50 - 13:50

Networking lunch

Carbon trading and pricing

14:10 - 14:30

An Argus perspective: Forecasting methodologies for credits and compliance units and understanding the trading market

• Understanding how forecasting models are designed and how forecasting is done
• Assessing credit price methodologies used to increase transparency
• How do exchanges work on this market and how things are traded?

Innovation spotlight: Exploring practices to lower your carbon score

14:30 - 15:00

Refinery Q&A: Creating low carbon fuels by improving refining efficiencies

• Ongoing innovation to drive down CI scores during biofuel production
• How are refineries reducing scope emissions and methods to reduce them?
• What investments are being made across the entire supply chain to reduce emissions?

15:00 - 15:30

Agricultural panel debate: Reaping carbon benefits through incentivising better agricultural practices

• The crop debate: how could the LCFS programme treat corn differently depending on farming practices?
• How can improvements in agricultural practices reduce the carbon intensity of biofuels?
• What practices are lowing the carbon intensity of crops and fuels?
• Using low carbon fertiliser – we should have a lower fuel carbon intensity

15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon coffee and networking

Carbon sequestration and carbon capture storage

16:00 - 16:30

CCS panel discussion: Building a new market for carbon utilisation: Carbon capture and sequestration

Take a deep dive into how companies are capturing CO2 emissions, how fast the market is taking off and explore the current challenges with carbon sequestration

• Exploring the options for utilisation of carbon including methane production
• Building CO2 pipelines and the challenges across states and with public acceptance
• The chicken and egg scenario: permits and accessing the ability to put equipment in
• Understanding the 45Q tax credit and how regulations are building a new market

16:30 - 16:50

Broker Q&A: How can offtake agreements can help with de-risking projects?

• Quantifying the benefits of offtake agreements and how they help to de-risk project
• What are the options with using brokers with environmental attributes?
• How are offtake agreements defined including raising capital and improving uncertainty?

16:50 - 17:00

Chairpersons closing remarks

17:00 - 19:00

Networking drinks reception

Main Conference: Day Three

08:00 - 09:00

Morning coffee and networking

09:00 - 09:10

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Biofuels strategies for a lower carbon world

09:10 - 09:50

CEO keynote panel: Building biofuels into the future of a decarbonised world and creating a carbon neutral supply chain

• How are major oil players, fleet operators and hard-to-abate industries recreating a biofuels strategy for the long-term?
• What investments are being made into feedstock supply?
• Developing a structured supply chain and navigating the regulatory landscape

09:50 - 10:20

‘Out of the box’ approaches for decarbonising the grid – What’s the zero carbon solution for the growth of renewables in data centres?

• How are data centres moving towards a renewable grid for a consistent supply of energy?
• What are some of the limitations with these and planning around hurdles?
• What type of grid moving forward with facilitate a build out of data?

10:20 - 11:00

Morning coffee and networking

Exploring the changing biofuels supply demand landscape

11:00 - 11:40

Panel debate: Future movement of renewable fuels across jurisdictions - where are fuels going?

As standards are created across jurisdictions, this will have an impact on supply dynamics. Question our panel of experts on opening new trading routes, new refining capacity and more!

• Which refiners are increasing renewable diesel capacity and where will this fuel go?
• How is the stringency of standards impacting on where renewable diesel is going and how will volumes of flows be decided?
• How will price and the carbon index impact trading routes?
• How will companies compete for low carbon intensity fuels?

11:40 - 12:20

360˚ feedstock perspective: Exploring shifting low carbon intensity feedstock trends

Explore supply demand dynamics of feedstocks including UCO and Tallow. How is the North American market changing due to new capacity coming online and which global feedstocks can help meet the needs of low carbon intensity fuels

• Reviewing the feedstock landscape in North America – where are feedstocks coming from?
• Projections for crushing operations and how this will adapt supply options
• How will less competition for low carbon intensity feedstock shift supply dynamics?

12:20 - 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 - 14:40

Panel discussion: A global view on sourcing feedstocks that are sustainable, upcoming certification and supply that meet North American standards

Hear from farmers, feedstock suppliers, biofuel producers and certification companies on feedstock supply and upcoming quality standards. What are the current hurdles, and how are companies tracking from the source

• What are the current global trading routes for feedstocks including Latin America and Australia?
• What has the impact of UCO been on the market and demand for the future?
• What is CARBs approach to ISCC certification on feedstocks and how could guidelines look?
• How can certification standards be streamlined for farmers and feedstock producers?

Technology and financing

14:40 - 15:10

Panel discussion: Mobilising new technologies and overcoming financial hurdles

What can the biofuels industry do to make use of CO2, RNG, hydrogen and cellulosic feedstock? Is it technology or financing that is slowing down progression?

• What are the hurdles with financing new technologies?
• Where do we see new pilot projects and how to up-scale these into commercialisation
• Exploring new technologies with CCS

15:10 - 15:40

Case study: Commercialising agricultural technology to leverage tax incentives and lower carbon score

• Exploring the new Agri-Tech landscape and their vital role in decarbonisation
• Enabling a field-level assessment of carbon intensity of biofuels feedstock
• What are the advancements of “green fertilizers” and how do they reduce CI scores?

15:40 - 15:50

Chairpersons closing remarks


Close of conference

Optional add-on: RINs Workshop - September 16

08:00 - 12:00

Argus RINs, RFS and LCFS Workshop

• Your introduction to the wider regulatory framework developments and market drivers
• Understanding RINs – feedstocks options and products
• D3 RINs gaining popularity: what are the developments?
• New rules around eRINs: gaining credits in a voluntary market and the role of biogas

12:00 - 13:00

Networking lunch

Join the main conference welcome lunch with your main conference pass.

*Please note:

The SAF Focus Day, RINs, RFS, LCFS Workshop and Golf Experience are paid add-ons and cannot be purchased separately.

Optional add-on: SAF Focus Day - September 16

09:00 - 09:10

Argus welcome address

09:10 - 09:20

Chairperson’s opening address

Creating an environment for growth and collaboration

09:20 - 09:30

Set your biofuels business goals - objective setting activity

Cast your vote on the most important industry issues and compare answers with attendees. Exploring key questions throughout the focus day will ensure impactful takeaways that you can embed into your own business strategy

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote address: Creating a new commercial environment and making SAF an economical product

• Building a new market and investing in SAF production to meet growing demand
• Diversifying feedstocks and varying commercial co-processing pathways
• Overcoming supply chain issues and collaborating across the value chain

Speakers Include:

Bruce Fleming

Chief Executive Officer
Montana Renewables
10:00 - 10:40

Airline perspectives: Ambitions on SAF consumption to create greener skies and securing supply

• What are airlines views on the SAF market and new developments?
• How are airlines securing supply and setting up supply chains?
• Who pays the price – how to get prices to come down in an unincentivized industry?

Speakers Include:

Sean Newsum

Managing Director, Environmental Affairs
Airlines for America

Rob Speld

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Manager
10:40 - 10:50

Speed networking

10:50 - 11:30

Morning coffee and networking

Looking at incentives to create a new commercial environment

11:30 - 12:10

Regulatory panel: An incentives ecosystem: The need for multiple layers to boost supply of SAF across North America

Hear from regulatory experts as they explore programmes including LCFS, IRA and tax incentives. Explore the connection between CORSIA and the voluntary carbon market

• How can incentives create an economic environment that boosts SAF production?
• Understanding how the LCFS programme will apply to aviation
• How could 40B tax credits help close the price differential gap between jet fuel and SAF?

12:10 - 12:30

A short presentation: How book and claim is serving the SAF industry

• Understanding SAF carbon accounting and how to apply for “SAF credits”
• How is book and claim providing a valuable role in transferring sustainability credits and certification?

12:30 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Boosting SAF supply in the region

14:50 - 15:20

Reviewing the feedstock landscape and alternative routes towards SAF

• What does the current feedstock landscape look like and opening a new US corn market?
• How are regional perspectives on sustainable feedstock impacting the industry?
• What technologies are available that can widen feedstock bases including cellulosic power to liquid pathways?

14:00 - 14:50

Panel discussion: Filling the SAF supply gap: Creating an environment for increased capacity

Pose your burning questions on SAF supply to a panel of experts and explore how to scale up production for offtake agreements

• When will projects be fully operational and how will that boost supply?
• What are the main hurdles with permitting, finance and STEM approved technologies?
• Understanding pricing of SAF compared to renewable diesel – how to lower the price

Technological advancements to expand feedstock optionalities

15:20 - 16:00

Technical and financial panel discussion: Commercialising technologies and de-risking projects for capital funding

• Developing technologies to commercialise cellulosic waste streams – what are the financial hurdles?
• What financial methods are companies looking at for their production facilities?
• How can governments help with de-risking investments to attract private capital holders?

16:00 - 16:10

Afternoon coffee and networking

16:10 - 17:00

Aviation interactive roundtables and in-flight coffee service

Join this interactive discussion with 10-15 attendees. Get your pressing questions answered around a specific topic and collaborate with industry experts who have the same business strategies as you

Roundtable 1: A focus on supply: How can the industry create a stable supply of SAF
Roundtable 2: New developments with novel technologies including cellulosic power to liquid
Roundtable 3: Unravelling a layer cake of regulations
Roundtable 4: SAF economics

17:00 - 17:10

Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of roundtables

17:10 - 19:00

Networking drinks reception

Join the main conference welcome drinks reception with your main conference pass.

*Please note:

The SAF Focus Day, RINs, RFS, LCFS Workshop and Golf Experience are paid add-ons and cannot be purchased separately.

Optional add-on: Golf Experience - September 16

*Please note:

The SAF Focus Day, RINs, RFS, LCFS Workshop and Golf Experience are paid add-ons and cannot be purchased separately.

07:30 - 11:30


Add golf to your main conference pass for an extra networking boost and some friendly competition with your colleagues and peers ahead of the main event!

12:00 - 13:00

Networking lunch

Join the main conference welcome lunch with your main conference pass.