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Argus Biofuels Europe Conference & Exhibition

London, UK
15-17 October 2024
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Agenda

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SAF Focus Day

08:00 - 09:00

Morning registration and coffee

09:00 - 09:05

SAF day welcome 

Speakers Include:

Devina Singh

Conference Producer
Argus
09:05 - 09:10

Chairperson's opening remarks

Giulia Squadrin

Associate Editor, Biofuels
Argus
09:10 - 09:20

Interactive voting and objectives setting

Human bingo poll: How many miles have you travelled, and can you guess your individual CO2 emissions?

09:20 - 09:40

Are the markets ready for ReFuelEU and UK mandates, and will it boost production?

- EU and UK emissions trading systems (ETS): How do they co-exist and are both markets ready?
- With the ReFuelEU Aviation initiative, how will the blending mandate affect the demand for aviation fuels in terms of price competition, price transparency, and fair allocation?
- Will the finalised legislations boost domestic production capacity and demand beyond 2030-50?

09:40 - 10.10

The role of science and SAF accounting under different frameworks

- Understanding the co-existing Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and the ETS, and how to navigate it.
- How and to what extent can SAF achieve the international aviation goals set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation? Addressing double-counting and other barriers
- To what extent has research and development been accurate and supportive in accounting?

Moderator:

Inmaculada Gómez Jiménez

Sustainability expert
AESA-SENASA

Mathilde Tannous

SAF & EU ETS for aviation program Manager
French Civil Aviation Authority
10:10 - 10:40

Coffee break

10:40 - 11:05

SAFnomics: Argus explores the pricing challenges and market landscape

- Global price benchmarks and current pricings
- What are the cost and margin challenges in the SAF market?
- What are the economic incentives from market-based measures and potential tax credits that will help to reduce the price gap relative to fossil-based jet fuels?

Giulia Squadrin

Associate Editor, Biofuels
Argus

Alfonso Berrocal

Business Development Manager Middle Distillates & SAF
Argus
11:05 - 11:30

Neste: Early action-takers’ perspective on optimising the supply chain to cut emissions and achieve goals set by the mandates

- How does Neste plan to increase its output of SAF to cut emissions?
- Hear about the operation plants and its optimisation from experts
- To what extent will the regulations affect the competitiveness of EU operators and platforms, given the reporting obligations being faced by fuel suppliers and aircraft operators?

Speakers Include:

Alexander Kueper

Vice President, Renewable Aviation Business
Neste
11:30 - 12:10

Live Q/A:  Feedstock challenge: Demand, alternatives and third generation

- How can feedstocks suppliers optimise their operations in the current market?
- Alternatives: Will other technologies (i.e. Fischer-Tropsch, Alcohol-to-Jet) unlock new feedstocks (i.e. biomass) and how?
- Beyond HEFA: How far along are the third-generation feedstocks and how can we prepare for it?

12:10 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13.30 - 13.50

Airlines assemble: Global landscape for SAF targets and cost of travelling

- How will the gap between fuel producers and airlines be bridged with respect to the contention over low SAF production and its demand?
- Who will bear the cost and risk mandates for SAF?
- What are the transportation pipeline challenges in delivering SAF from producer to consumer?

13.50 - 14.10

VistaJet on becoming carbon neutral: How to lead the market in sustainable aviation fuel?

- How can we scale up SAF demand and utilise it in our daily operations?
- How to stay ahead of the curve in the industry by facilitating government support and markets sectors?

Speakers Include:

Andrew Thomas

Director, Sustainability
VistaJet
14:10 - 14:30

Wizz Air keynote on SAF policies and investment

- Overview of airline venture capitalism in SAF
- Offtake agreements: How to invest in SAF?
- Comparative perspective: What are the challenges for SAF policy in the UK, EU, US

Speakers Include:

Yvonne Moynihan

Corporate & ESG Officer
Wizz Air
14:30 - 14:50

European renewable ethanol industry: What are the hindrances in the ethanol pathway?

- What are the issues with regulations around crops designated for SAF and maritime?
- How can the production and cost challenges be optimised towards mandates compliance?
- Without final investment decisions, how can we ensure risk management?

14:50 - 15:30

Apprentice format: Great industry minds battle out biofuel production through technology

- What are the current pipeline projects for investors that can attract capacity building and demand signals?
- How can we ensure that there is enough capital to finance the move to SAF to meet the net zero goal and how it can be accelerated for private-sector investments?

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00

SAF and Marine swap session: Reasoning accountability and transparency amid demand, costs and mandates

- How can the SAF and marine sector reach their net zero goals efficiently?
- Long-term demand from customers, compliance of mandates and high costs have rendered the industry to seek collaboration, so how are buyers forming partnerships?
- How can the emissions count be made more accountable and transparent in a bid to maximise opportunities while preventing risks?

17:00 - 17:10

Closing remarks

17:10 - 19:00

Drinks reception

Marine Focus Day

08:00 - 09:00

Morning registration and coffee

09:00 - 09:05

Marine day welcome 

Speakers Include:

Devina Singh

Conference Producer
Argus
09:00 - 09:10

Marine day welcome

09:10 - 09:20

Interactive voting and objectives setting

Human bingo poll: Send your most pressing questions and they will be addressed throughout the day by experts

09:20 - 09:40

How to navigate the regulations in maritime sector and how is it going to change the market dynamics?

- What’s the current supply of biofuels for the shipping sector? Have the mandates for FAME blends changed and how will it shape the market in coming years?
- The role of RTFO in UK’s domestic maritime and how does it support to decarbonize this sector?
- How are we treading the path of more energy efficiency and renewable energy?

09:40 - 10.10

Shipowners, charterers, bunkers: Addressing pressing challenges

- How can the marine sector optimize their supply chain while adapting to regulations?
- In what ways can operational challenges of degradation, temperature, corrosion and conversation be optimised?
- What does the supply demand look like in the near future and what impact can it have on other sectors using biofuels if any?

10:10 - 10.:50

Coffee break

10:50 - 11:20

Commercial giants using marine lines for global transport

11:20 - 12:00

Fishbowl: Challenges in the life cycle analysis of marine sector

- A view on the life cycle analysis: From production to certifications for emission reductions
- How can the marine sector compete in decarbonizing the industry?
- How can the industry mitigate the penalties and remain competitive in the market?

12:00 - 13:20

Networking lunch

13:20 - 13:50

Maersk about managing risks in maritime shipping

- Maritime shippers account for 2-3pc of global greenhouse gas emissions. How will they reduce 50pc of emissions by 2050?
- What is Maersk doing as the lead in testing biofuels blends?
- From Maersk’s perspective, what are the gaps in the regulatory standards?

13:50 - 14:20

Port of Rotterdam on decarbonizing the marine sector

- What is the biggest challenge in terms of existing relationships in the value chain of alternative fuels?
- How far advanced are storage suppliers in their preparation for changeover procedure, maintenance regime and capacity?

Speakers Include:

Jan van Hengel

Sr. Business Development Manager
Port of Rotterdam
14:20 - 15:00

Hydrogen versus ammonia: The potential of future fuels

- At what stage are both currently at and what does the market need to know about them?
- How far in the future are these fuels? What are the major roadblocks and when will the market adopt them?
- Are market participants ready to invest in them in the long term when we have biofuels right now? How is this transition fuelling cross-sector collaboration?

15:00 - 15:30

Book and claim: Assessing the risk in the marine sector and how this enables early action

- What are the incentives for the shipping sector? How can they benefit from it?
- What is the book and claim system and how is logistical efficiency reducing emissions and costs?
- How can it be made more aligned to other existing regulations so that stakeholders can avoid risk?

Speakers Include:

William Boatwright

Senior Manager-Logistics and Climate Solutions
Norden

Tom Strang

Naval Architect
Carnival Corporation & plc
15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00

SAF and Marine swap session: Reasoning accountability and transparency amid demand, costs and mandates

- How can the SAF and marine sector reach their net zero goals efficiently?
- Long-term demand from customers, compliance of mandates and high costs have rendered the industry to seek collaboration, so how are buyers forming partnerships?
- How can the emissions count be made more accountable and transparent in a bid to maximise opportunities while preventing risks?

17:00 - 17:10

Closing remarks

17:10 - 19:00

Drinks reception

Main conference day one

09:00 - 10:00

☆ Women in biofuels network: Breakfast and networking

Dedicated networking space in the event exhibition area for tailored networking. Hear from leading women in business regarding their personal experiences of growth within the market and in business

10:00 - 10:05

Chairperson’s opening remarks    

10:10 - 10:40

Spotlight on RED II and RED III: Keep up to date about policies affecting your business

- How will the latest amendments accelerate the regulatory framework to make crucial investments needed to further decarbonise transport?
- Latest revisions on Annex 9 A and B: What is on the lists and what are the opportunities for the industry
- How will the biofuels and biofeedstocks balance evolve in the next 10 years across sectors?

10:40 - 11:10

Government vision to maximise benefits of low carbon fuels

- What are the competitive strategies adopted to decarbonise this sector?
- Where are we on - Emissions saving and costs in the transport sector?
- Circular biofuel economy: How can you plan, adapt and contribute to sustainability targets?

11:10 - 11:50

Coffee break

11:50 - 12:10

Bio refineries exploration: What do the majors have to say about the change in market dynamics?

- How are the oil majors preparing for this transition?
- How are they targeting emissions reduction through biofuels?
- Are they hopeful for material change in the market dynamics, given there is limited supply for feedstocks and challenges to commercial technology?

12:10 - 12:50

Assess your feedstocks options: Supply, quality and strategies in near future

- What is the effect of different feedstocks and how can we make sure there is adequate supply without affecting food security?
- Addressing the question of quality and mapping the origin of biodiesel for UCO collectors
- With uncertain demand in the future, how will feedstock producers plan production and use of land?

12:50 - 13:30

Biomethane Next Level: Producing Climate Positive Fuel with Carbon Capture

13:30 - 15:00

Networking lunch

15:00 - 15:30

Non-governmental organisations versus industry: Where are we on the long-standing food versus fuel problem?

- How can we optimise global supply chains to solve the problem of efficient allocation of resources for food and fuel?
- With the revamping of laws and mandates, is the problem becoming easier to address?
- How do you strike a balance between conflicting demands?

15:30 - 16:00

Blend wall problem: How much ethanol is in your tank?

- The renewable fuel standard prices blends attractively, but will it sell?
- Does the E10 solve the problem of the US cap on blending of gasoline?
- Retailers and automobile perspective on expanding E15 blends – what is new to come – powerful engines?

16:00 - 16:30

Expanding Feedstock Sources: Advanced Treatments for Feedstock

- How can you adapt blending strategy according to mandates efficiently by accessing more residual feedstock?
- Optimising design of biomass-to-biofuel supply by using dechlorination as a process to use low-quality raw materials
- Recovery of oil and bleaching earth without the use of solvents

15:30 - 16:00

Everything carbon: Fundamentals

17:00 - 17:05

Close of conference day one

17:00 - 19:00

Drinks and networking reception

Build new relationships and connect with old friends in this relaxed setting

Main conference day two

09:00 - 10:00

Morning coffee

10:00 - 10:05

Chairperson's welcome

Fabricio Cardoso

Principal, Consulting
Argus
10:05 - 10:35

Certifications: Addressing the issues of transparency of raw materials

- Certification basics: Sustainability, traceability and GHG emissions savings of renewable fuels
- Understanding certification process as an enabler for the global deployment of renewable fuels
- From fuel feedstock to corporate end-customers – ensuring credible and transparent claims in voluntary markets

10:35 - 11:00

New market developments

- What is the SAF premium market?
- SAF and biofuels development in the Middle East
- Overcoming challenges of supply side feedstock and prices

11:00 - 11:40

Engagement of stakeholders: Investors’ roundtable

- How can one enhance cost-effectiveness and sustainability while making clean investments?
- Understanding the role of banks and insurance companies in the supply chain
- How can one ensure liquidity in the market to keep them sustainable?

11:40 - 12:40

Coffee break

12:40 - 13:00

Industrialising algae-based technology and its scalability

- How to solve the problem of crop protection – pesticides, herbicides and natural disaster resistance
- What do airline operators need to know about algae-base technology and the changes in infrastructure it may demand?
- How scalable is the bioengineering of micro-algae and what is the carbon footprint?

13:00 - 13:40

Environmental social governance effect: Buyer’s perspective on how to:

- Capture value for customers
- Form strategic alliances
- Leverage digital technology

13:40 - 13:45

Chairperson's closing remarks

13:45 - 15:00

Exhibition: State of technology review

13:45 - 15:00

Networking lunch