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Argus Road Transportation Fuels Europe Conference

Berlin, Germany
23-25 September 2024
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Agenda

Contact us on the details below to register your interest in speaking opportunities at the conference:

Shyla Bector
+65 9720 1883
shyla.bector@argusmedia.com

The Argus Road Transportation Fuels Europe Conference will be simultaneously translated into German. Visit the German website.

Die Argus Road Transportation Fuels Europe Conference Fuels Conference wird simultan durch einen Dollmetscher ins Deutsche übersetzt. Besuchen Sie die deutsche Website.


Monday 23 September

AdBlue Focus Day

08.00 - 09.00

Morning registration and networking

09.00 - 09.10

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Speakers Include:

Tim Cheyne

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus
09.10 - 09.30

Yara keynote address: Future of the European AdBlue markets – where are we heading?

• AdBlue fundamentals – clean air and a functioning society
• The new geopolitical normal – consequences for AdBlue supply
• The AdBlue demand side – contracting or continuing to grow?

Speakers Include:

Sigurd Jørgensen

Director, Public Affairs, External Communications & Marketing
Yara Industrial Solutions
09.30 - 09.50

Regulatory updates: The impact of Euro 7 legislation in the European AdBlue market

• With Euro 7 legislation nearing finalisation, what is the current regulatory framework?
• How do you see these changes affecting production and distribution of AdBlue within the EU?
• What changes are expected in the future, given that the European Parliament is to review the operation of these regulations by 2027?

09.50 - 10.20

Ensuring regulatory compliance across member states

• How is the EU ensuring compliance with AdBlue regulations across member states?
• What are the monitoring and enforcement mechanisms, and how will the EU help to develop these?
• How does the EU plan to address transparency concerns regarding the quality of AdBlue products and ensure fair competition from suppliers outside the bloc?

10.20 - 11.00

Morning coffee and networking

11.00 - 11.40

OEM panel discussion: Navigating Euro 7’s impacts on heavy goods vehicles (HGVs)

Assessing challenges and opportunities in the HGV market: A pragmatic approach to achieving decarbonisation goals.
• What technological advances are necessary for HGVs to meet stringent Euro 7
emissions requirements?
• How feasible is the electrification of trucks in Europe?
• How are manufacturers and operators of HGVs preparing for Euro 7?

Speakers Include:

Felipe Rodriguez

Deputy Managing Director
ICCT Europe
11.40 - 12.10

Argus market update: Outlook for the European AdBlue market

• Against the backdrop of recent volatility in the maturing AdBlue market, gain insights on new developments and opportunities as Argus experts discuss supply-demand trends and AdBlue price volatility
• What lessons can we learn from Germany as a leader in the AdBlue market – and how are developments there affecting supply and demand in the region?

Speakers Include:

Bryn James

Analyst - Consulting
Argus Media

Sustainability trends in AdBlue supply and distribution

12.10 - 12.30

AdBlue at the petrol pump – what’s next for the European market?

• AdBlue’s role in petrol station networks: Trends and challenges in equipping petrol stations with AdBlue
• What measures are being taken to address potential shortages or supply chain snags related to AdBlue availability at fuel stations?
• Are there any trends or technologies regarding AdBlue distribution at fuel stations of which motorists and fleet operators should be aware?

12.30 - 13.30

Networking lunch

13.30 - 14.00

Addressing AdBlue production challenges and urea import threats in Europe

• Key challenges that AdBlue producers face concerning production constraints and maintaining quality
• Potential threats to urea imports in Europe, including price fluctuations, trade regulations, supply chain disruption, and competition from domestic producers
• How is the geopolitical picture in Europe affecting AdBlue’s raw material availability and supply chain resilience?

Innovative low carbon solutions

14.00 - 14.15

Case study: Low carbon AdBlue initiatives

• What strategies do you have in place to assess low carbon AdBlue’s market viability and feasibility?
• How will consumer concerns on cost-effectiveness of low carbon AdBlue compared to other alternatives be addressed?

Speakers Include:

Jens Assmann

Business Management Ammonia Value Chain & Operations Amino Resins
BASF SE
14.15 - 15.00

Panel discussion: Exploring sustainable solutions for the AdBlue Market

• How is the introduction of low carbon AdBlue and innovative additives expected to impact the market dynamics for emissions-reducing solutions?
• What emerging alternatives are currently in development within the market?
• How will the market be convinced to adopt sustainable AdBlue as a standard solution for cleaner diesel engines?

Speakers Include:

Robin Futcher

Managing Director
Commercial Fuels Solutions

Jens Assmann

Business Management Ammonia Value Chain & Operations Amino Resins
BASF SE

Caroline de Jonge

Business Manager AdBlue/DEF
OCI Global
15.00 - 15.40

Afternoon coffee and networking

Driving sustainability: Technological advancements for engines

15.40 - 16.10

Driving progress: Sustainable breakthroughs in OEM engine testing

• What recent advancements have emerged in OEM testing methods to ensure compliance, evaluate, and qualify engines for the automotive sector?
• How are the evolving trends and standards in compliance shaping the landscape of engine testing within the automotive industry?
• What are the latest technological advancements in the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) market, and how do they contribute to sustainability initiatives?

Regional spotlights

16.10 - 16.50

Panel discussion: AdBlue trade flows and terminal dynamics in Europe

Delving into key markets across Europe and examining regional trends — western Europe, eastern Europe and the Balkans, northern Europe, and southern Europe.
• How can stakeholders collaborate to optimise AdBlue supply and distribution?
• What factors differentiate market dynamics for diluters in Spain, Italy and southern France from those in Germany, the Benelux countries and Poland?
• What is the role of terminals within the AdBlue supply chain, especially concerning diluters?

Speakers Include:

Nico de Wijk

Manager Procurement
Kemetyl Nederland BV
16.50 - 17.00

Chairperson’s closing remarks

Speakers Include:

Tim Cheyne

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus
17.00

Welcome drinks and networking evening

An opportunity for an evening of informal networking.

Tuesday 24 September

08.00 - 09.00

Morning registration and networking

09.00 - 09.10

Chairperson’s opening remarks

European regulations and sustainability initiatives

09.10 - 09.40

Ministerial keynote address: Germany’s fuels market in focus

• What strategies is Germany employing to enforce stricter emissions standards, and how can these serve as a model globally?
• How Germany is leading the sustainable transportation drive, promoting E10 and HVO100 fuels, and lessons for other regions
• With investment in hydrogen infrastructure, how is Germany advancing in the transition to cleaner energy, and what global collaboration opportunities does this create?

09.40 - 10.10

Keynote address: Achieving sustainable mobility – the future of road transportation fuels in Europe

• The role of the internal combustion engine beyond 2035
• How important are road fuels in meeting decarbonisation goals, and what implications does this hold for today’s market?

10.10 - 10.40

Sustainability in road fuels: ISCC certification, emissions reduction, and traceability

• How does certification influence the market for sustainable road fuels, including biofuels, biogas, Renewable Fuels of Nonbiological Origin (RNFBO), and recycled carbon fuels?
• What is the process for calculating and reducing GHG emissions in the sustainable road fuels sector? Gain insights into the emissions calculation process and the actual savings generated.
• Ensuring traceability in global supply chains: how can we maintain traceability to promote sustainability in road fuels? How important are road fuels in meeting decarbonisation goals, and what implications does this have for today’s market?

Speakers Include:

Dario Formenti

System Manager Sustainable Fuels
International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)
10.40 - 11.10

Morning coffee and networking

10.40 - 11.10

Meet-up stations

Grab a coffee and take your networking to a dedicated area of the exhibition hall for targeted conversations and meet attendees in the same business area as you.

Meeting zone 1 - Diesel/gasoline
Meeting zone 2 - Hydrogen
Meeting zone 3 - Bio LNG/CNG
Meeting zone 4 - HVO
Meeting zone 5 - e-fuels
Meeting zone 6 - AdBlue

Shifting refining landscapes

11.10 - 11.40

Argus market updates: Shifting refinery strategies in Germany

• With increased refinery acquisition interest from international independents and the transitioning of refinery units to so-called Green Parks, what does this mean for Germany's fuels supply going forward?
• Why are independent companies without traditional marketing businesses in Germany interested in investing now? And how are established oil & gas companies adapting their green energy strategy?
• What role do government policies and regulations play in this transition?

Speakers Include:

Kevin Schaefer

SVP – Germany and Central Europe
Argus Media

Benedict George

Deputy Editor - Oil Products
Argus Media
11.40 - 12.20

OEM panel discussion: The road ahead - OEMs and haulage company plans unveiled

Insights into fleet development – strategies for reduced emissions
• How are OEMs integrating sustainable fuels into European vehicle designs, and how does this affect their strategy against the backdrop of a shift to alternative fuels?
• What fuel efficiency strategies are haulage companies using in Europe to manage costs and sustainability goals?
• How do haulage companies address challenges and opportunities in integrating alternative fuels into their supply chains?

12.20 - 12.50

Low carbon solutions and technology demonstrations

Join us in the exhibitor hall to explore the latest SCR technologies and engine developments that aid the transition to a zero carbon footprint

12.50 - 13.50

Networking lunch

13.50 - 14.20

European diesel market: Supply challenges, regulations, and economics

European diesel market: Supply challenges, regulations, and economics
• How have European refiners adjusted to the loss of Russian diesel imports, and how is it impacting supply and pricing?
• What are the regulatory and environmental hurdles in the European diesel market, and how are they shaping road transportation demand?
• How do economic conditions and industrial activities affect diesel demand in Europe, particularly in road transportation?

Speakers Include:

Benedict George

Deputy Editor - Oil Products
Argus Media

Scott Nelson

President and Head of Trading Refinery Feedstocks & Products
Reliance International
14.20 - 14.50

Gasoline outlook: Market shifts and regulatory impacts

• How do geopolitical events and market conditions influence Europe's gasoline supply chain, and what strategies maintain stability amid these changes?
• What impact does E10 fuel adoption have on traditional gasoline in Europe, and what are the associated challenges and benefits?
• How do European regulations and decarbonization efforts affect the gasoline market, and what role do alternative fuels like biofuels and hydrogen play?

Speakers Include:

Frédéric Aertsens

Sector Group Manager for Sustainable Fuels
Cefic
14.50 - 15.30

Afternoon coffee and networking

Regional strategies for low carbon solutions

15.30 - 16.10

Panel discussion: Biofuels spotlight - HVO at the pump

What market trends and regulatory frameworks are driving the adoption of higher blends of HVO and FAME in Germany and Europe?
• What are the environmental benefits and challenges associated with widespread adoption of higher blends of biodiesel, and how do they compare with conventional diesel?
• What are recent developments around HVO-100 and B-100 in Germany and the rest of Europe
• How can implementation of robust traceability measures in biodiesel production ensure sustainability, transparency and integrity throughout the supply chain?
• Views on overcoming the feedstock bottleneck and ensuring supply for the road transportation industry

Speakers Include:

Xavier Noyon

Secretary General
European Biodiesel Board (EBB)

Marco Lietz

Senior Public & Regulatory Affairs Manager
Neste

Elmar Baumann

Managing Director
VDB

Isabelle Weber

Director of Regulatory Affairs
Saipol (Avril)
16.10 - 16.50

Panel discussion: Europe’s fuel frontier – strategies for low carbon solutions

Insights into key European markets and analysis of key regional trends – what’s your regions future fuel of choice?
• How do diverse European markets interact with one another, and what insights can we glean from their regional dynamics?
• What are the varying fuel strategies across Europe, and how do they intersect in decision-making processes and refinery discussions?
• What investments are being made, and what are the preferred fuel choices in different European regions, including considerations for low-carbon options?

Speakers Include:

Kai Bueber

Global Category Leader Diesel/Oil - Group Energy Procurement
Heidelberg Materials AG

Detlef Evers

Managing Director
Mittelstandsverband abfallbasierter Kraftstoffe e.V. (MVaK)
16.50 - 17.00

Live polling: Engage and evaluate

Join us for an interactive session where we reflect on the day's discussions and insights.

17.00 - 17.10

Chairperson’s closing remarks

17.10

Networking drinks reception

Wednesday 25 September

08.00 - 09.00

Morning networking

09.00 - 09.10

Chairperson’s opening remarks

OEM perspectives and low carbon solutions

09.10 - 09.50

OEM keynote panel: Exploring future fuel investments

Series of 10-minute presentations by leading OEMs on their strategies and investment in the road fuels industry, followed by discussion
• Leading OEMs strategies for investing in future fuels technologies
• How do manufacturers see the future of the road fuels industry?
• What innovations are being pursued by OEMs to address future fuel challenges?

Speakers Include:

Daniel Kaddik

General Manager
Bundesverband freier Tankstellen (BFT)

Emissions reduction systems

09.50 - 10.20

Unravelling European fuel certificates – impacts and implications

• How do national mandates and renewable certificates affect supply and demand of conventional and alternative fuels in the decarbonisation process—do they complicate matters?
• How does competition between savings certificates and biocomponents affect decision making for fuel suppliers and biorefineries, given fluctuating certificate prices and regulatory uncertainties?
• What are the implications for consumers, regulatory oversight, and the adoption of renewable fuels, given concerns about the authenticity of fuel composition, especially in German stations?

Speakers Include:

Tom Searle

Senior Manager, Consulting Services
Argus

Role of synthetic and clean fuels

10.20 - 11.00

Panel discussion: E-Fuels – production, politics, and market dynamics

• Key e-fuel production processes, locations, efficiency, and costs.
• Political influence on e-fuel adoption, including incentives and regulations like the European Green Deal and Renewable Energy Directive.
• Impact of shifting political landscapes on e-fuel development amid the 2035 phase-out of ICE vehicles, and implications for investments and market feasibility.

Speakers Include:

Hanspeter Tiede

Chief Financial Officer
Lothe Group

Tobias Block

Head of Strategy and Content
eFuel Alliance
11.00 - 11.40

Morning coffee and networking

11.40 - 12.00

Chemical contributions to ultra-low carbon synthetic fuels

• How do chemicals contribute to eFuel production?
• What role do catalysts play in enhancing eFuel synthesis?
• What are the environmental and economic benefits of chemical advancements in eFuel production?

12.00 - 12.20

Hydrogen in motion – Germany’s approach and challenges in Europe’s hydrogen economy

• With hydrogen emerging as a significant contender in decarbonizing transportation, how does Germany's approach to booster hydrogen technology influence the transformation of the European energy and mobility transition?
• How do government initiatives and industry collaborations, including Germany's investments, drive hydrogen's prominence in transportation fuels in Europe?
• What challenges hinder widespread hydrogen adoption?

Speakers Include:

Inga Landgrebe

Public Affairs Manager
GP JOULE Hydrogen GmbH
12.20 - 13.20

Networking lunch

Insight into the growing biogas markets

13.20 - 13.45

What impact will Greenhouse Gas (GHG) regulations and Emissions Trading Systems (ETS) have on pricing and demand Dynamics within the biomethane market?

• How is the bio-methane market evolving as an emerging and rapidly growing sector within the European transportation fuel mix?
• What impact will greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations and emissions trading systems have on pricing and demand dynamics within the bio-methane market?
• What are the cross-border challenges between the German bio-methane market and neighbouring countries, and how do they shape the overall landscape?

Speakers Include:

Jan Hoffmann

Key Account Manager Greenhouse Gas Quota
Landwaerme
13.45 - 14.10

Spotlight on producers: How fast is biomethane becoming the fuel of choice?

• How are leading bio-methane producers in Europe leveraging advanced technologies to enhance production efficiency and sustainability?
• What role are new feedstock sources, such as algae and organic municipal waste, playing in the diversification and expansion of bio-methane production in Europe?
• What are the key investment considerations for the European bio-methane market, particularly for emerging investors seeking opportunities in this evolving sector?

Speakers Include:

Zoltan Elek

CEO and Founder
Landwärme
14.10 - 14.40

The Bio-LNG buzz: Insights, challenges, and developments

• Insights into market developments with regards to production possibilities, value chains and sustainability characteristics
• What are the main technological and infrastructural challenges facing widespread adoption of bio-LNG in the European HDV sector?
• What are the key regulatory frameworks and incentives provided by the EU to promote adoption of bio-LNG in heavy-duty vehicles, and what future developments and regulations are expected in this area?

Speakers Include:

Maximilian Ruhe

Managing Shareholder
RUHE Biogas
14.40 - 15.00

Electric vehicles: Feasibility and timelines

• What are the projected trends for EV adoption in Europe, and how will this impact gasoline supply and demand?
• How can hybrid vehicles combining electric and traditional fuel technologies be optimized to maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, while also considering factors like battery range and charging infrastructure?
• How does OEM competition for fleet electrification affect EV development, including pricing, innovation, services, and customer satisfaction?

15.00 - 15.10

Chairperson’s closing remarks