Argus Biomass Asia Conference

February 2025

The 2024 agenda

17:00 - 18:30

Registration and cocktail reception to take place at OverEasy

Forge valuable connections in good company, and exchange insights with biomass industry experts at OverEasy (1 Fullerton Road #01-06, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213)

Conference day one

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast and registration

09:00 - 09:10

Chairperson's introduction and opening remarks

Freddie Staermose

Vice President, Generating Fuels and Dry Bulks
09:10 - 09:50

Argus' biomass global outlook - What are current market dynamics under the energy crisis?

• The legacy of the energy crisis and how is the market adapting
• The demand-supply (im)balance and its impact on prices
• Power sector demand fluctuations in Europe and Asia
• A look into near future: new capacity, new players, new rules – opportunity or risk?

Erisa Senerdem

Editor, Biomass
09:50 - 10:25

The demand centres: towards decarbonising the power sector with biomass in Japan

• What biomass resources have been added within the FIT schemes in Japan?
• Are there any other resources playing a bigger role within the power sector in Japan than wood pellets and PKS?
• How will these countries quit nuclear and coal energy in such a short period of time?
• What policy tools are aiding the transition other than FIT for the power and heat sector?

Junichi Tobisawa

General Manager Biomass Fuel Department
10:25 - 11:10

Coffee break

11:10 - 12:10

How will local policies within key exporting countries impact the volumes that could come out of these regions? (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand)

- What are key exporting countries’ bioenergy potentials and strategy’s? Is biomass the key renewable energy source?
- With Indonesia, Malaysia and the Thailand's biomass co-firing prospects increasing, what will this mean for domestic use vs exports and its impact on exports to Japan and South Korea?
- What is the production capacity outlook in South East Asia? Where are Japanese companies investing in the region? Do they have concession land for their feedstock, or will just rent from forest owners and manage it over the years?

Speakers Include:

Dato Leong Kin Mun

Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation

Robert Hardin

Chief Executive
SEDC Energy Sdn Bhd

Avila Ananda

Executive Advisor

Akarin Vongapirat

Wood processing club, Federation of Thai Industries
12:10 - 12:45

Keeping up with EU standards: Will Asia follow?

- What does the EUDR mean for pellet producers and bioenergy feedstock producers in Asia?
- With the adoption of RED III, what challenges for implementation remain? What challenges does the EUDR create for operators?
- What is Europe’s acceptance and definition of sustainable biomass? How can producers in Asia meet their requirements?

Nicolas Viart

Technical Director
12:45 - 14:00

Networking lunch break

14:00 - 14:45

Fuel security: What alternative Agri biomass options are available in South East Asia?

- What types of agri biomass can be sourced? Which markets would be able to supply the fuel?
- What agri residues are suitable for pellets? What is the main Agri waste that powerplants are targeting?
- What are the challenges in uptake, supply chains, and pelletising agri biomass, suitability and cofiring with coal? How can we improve the efficiency of the supply chains and make it more tradable?

Speakers Include:

Thareq Ariffin

Manager - Market Transformation
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Phil Jarratt

Managing Director
Jarratt Group

Samuel Setiawan

Corporate Business Development
Sinarmas Agri


Simon Yim

Chief Executive Officer
Sky Renewables
14:45 - 15:30

End-user perspectives - Agricultural biomass utilisation in the heat and electricity sectors

- What are the technological parameters for different types of feedstocks? How do they react in different boilers/gasifiers and how can we overcome these issues?
- How can alternative waste materials from the palm oil industry be better utilised from an energy and sustainability perspective?
- What financial incentives are available for setting up pelletising plants in nearby thermal plants?
- How are industrials decarbonising? What opportunities are there for biomass for industrial decarbonisation?

Speakers Include:

Hannu Ikavalko

Supply Chain Director – Bioenergy

Santeri Rantala

Chief Executive Officer

Daowei Lin

Head of BD Industry
ENGIE Southeast Asia


Oliver Mauss

Chief Executive
UPC Renewables
15:30 - 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 - 17:00

The global liquid biofuels industry – Will Asia be the main supplier of biomass feedstocks?

- What end use sectors are in need of biomass feedstocks? With a specific focus on SAF and the marine sector.
- What proportion of pellets could potentially go into liquid biofuels in the future and is there enough resources?
- How will bio-refiners ensure enough feedstock sourcing? How are refiners coping with their clean energy reduction targets in Europe? How are they coprocessing biomass feedstocks into their refineries?

Speakers Include:

Loic Brachet

Head of Biofuels APAC
Hartree Partners

Chris Markey

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

Jean-Jacques Lavigne

Chief Executive


Freddie Staermose

Vice President, Generating Fuels and Dry Bulks
17:00 - 17:05

Chairperon's closing remarks

Freddie Staermose

Vice President, Generating Fuels and Dry Bulks
17:05 - 18:30

Networking drinks reception - Garden Walk 3, Level 4, Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre

The drinks reception will take place at the MBS Convention Centre, Garden Walk 3, Level 4. 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 biomass industry experts.

Conference day two

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast and registration

09:00 - 09:10

Chairperson's opening remarks

Andrew Jones

Editor, Solid Fuels, Asia-Pacific
09:10 - 09:40

Argus’ Asia-Pacific biomass markets in focus: How is the growing demand in Asia altering global biomass trade flows?

- Asian PKS and wood pellets – key market drivers
- Will South East Asia exports meet the demand of East Asia and Europe?
- What is the future for industry pricing over the next few years?
- How much PKS is available and what country’s will be supplying it?

09:40 - 10:20

How can we ensure certification systems fit into the market more efficiently to align with government and industry expectations?

- What certification programmes are available?
- How do certification claims work? What is required from different supply chain actors?
- How can producers ensure they are meeting standards?
- Within the Japanese regulatory landscape, what issues are present for suppliers and how can they meet the Japanese regulations?

Speakers Include:

Carsten Huljus

Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)

Richard Laity

Director of APAC
10:20 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 11:25

What is happening to the PKS market supply to Japan under the new certification rules?

- What kind of enforcement of sustainability criteria will the Japanese government implement?
- What are the current and future prospects for PKS producers and traders?
- How much of PKS is going to be certified by April 2024?
- Will the industry look for alternatives over PKS if sustainable supply isn’t met? What is the feasibility and practicality of alternatives to PKS? Do power plants have the flexibility to switch?

Hiroaki Goto

General Manager
11:25 - 12:10

Producers and traders perspectives: How can South East Asia biomass producers and traders ensure they meet global biomass demands?

- When looking into alternative fuels, how much potential are producers and traders seeing in the market?
- Where are traders seeing new trading routes occurring? How are traders adapting their sourcing strategies?
- How much biomass feedstock are they seeing? Is there enough for the future growing demand? How are they ramping up production?

Speakers Include:

Masayoshi Takezaki


David Wong

Marketing Director
Rainbow Pellet

Naruaki Matsumi

Country Manager


Andrew Jones

Editor, Solid Fuels, Asia-Pacific
12:10 - 12:20

Technical presentation hosted by Amandus Kahl

Speakers Include:

Jerome Debuc

Regional Director
Amandus Kahl
12:20 - 13:30

Networking lunch break

13:30 - 14:15

Carbon markets and the role of bioenergy: what green solutions are available to remove carbon from the atmosphere?

- An update on carbon markets in Asia. How does it differ from more developed carbon markets in Europe?
- With countries around Asia looking to ramp up their carbon taxes, will biomass be the chosen renewable energy source?
- What voluntary carbon markets support biomass-based carbon credits?
- How can businesses in the biomass industry gain value out of carbon credits? How can they combine their decarbonisation plans with carbon offsets?
- Looking at biochar as a resource for CO2 sequestration. Is it an efficient way to generate carbon credits compared to other mechanisms such as BECCS?

Speakers Include:

Prateek Tiwari

Managing Director

Geoffrey Seeto

Head of Emerging Markets
New Forests

Ralph Dixon

Executive Director of Sustainability
YTL Corporation Berhard


Muhamad Fadhil

SVP Strategy and Business Development
14:15 - 15:00

Pellet treatment and carbonisation of biomass – what industries are looking at biocarbon products?

• An update on the technological maturity and the readiness level of biocarbon products
• A comparative analysis on different technologies to produce biocarbon (steam cracking/explosion, conventional torrefaction and pyrolysis)
• Is torrefied biomass really the intermediate solution before ammonia and hydrogen in Japan?
• With the Indian government focusing on torrefaction technology, will they become a large exporter of torrefied pellets?
• What is the potential and opportunities for the metallurgical industry coming from biocarbon?

Speakers Include:

John Teal

Vice President

Naoki Kawamoto

Senior (Black Pellets), Coal & Energy Solutions Dept
Idemitsu Kosan

Shribalaji Shenbagaraj



Michael Wild

International Biomass Torrefaction and Carbonization Council IBTC
15:00 - 15:40

Coffee break

15:40 - 16:15

How is India looking at biomass and what are the key resources available?

- What would be the potential of biomass coming out of India? Will they become the go-to place for Agri residue?
- The potential of bioresources, what are the drawbacks and gaps in the supply chain? What are the opportunities within the market?
- How does India efficiently trade biomass briquettes?
- What technologies are India planning to explore for biomass to green hydrogen production for their hydrogen strategy?

Speakers Include:

Pavan Kumar Pawar

General Manager Sales
South APAC, Andritz

Shribalaji Shenbagaraj

16:15 - 16:45

Will China become net biomass importer or exporter in the next few years?

- What position will China take in energy consumption? How much biomass are they generating themselves? How much biomass resources are available in China?
- With the potential scale of operations in China, will there be any changes in export profiles?
- What is China’s current stance on biomass? Do we see a change in national policy in regards to lifting their import ban on biomass soon?
- What form of biomass are Chinese utilities favouring?
- What are the typical cooking and heating technologies used in China?

Speakers Include:

Kelvin Hong


William Tao

Head of Energy & Iron Ore
16:45 - 16:50

Chairperson's closing remarks & end of conference

Andrew Jones

Editor, Solid Fuels, Asia-Pacific