Biofuels International programme
- 23-24th September 2015, Porto, Portugal

Day 1: 23rd September 2015

Opening the conference:
Mr. José Reis, vice-president, ENMC (Entidade Nacional para o Mercado de Combustíveis)


JOIL 8:45 Registration and Coffee
Kindly sponsored by JOil

9:15 Chair's opening remarks
Martin Tangney, President, Celtic Renewables

9:30 EU policy & the biofuels market in Portugal

Jaime Braga, Secretary General, Portugal Biofuels Association

10:00 How to meet the 10%, perspectives from an R&M operator

  • Limitations from the supply side (technical, legal, economic)
  • 2nd Generation (When? What cost?)
  • New sustainability standards, more to overcome?

Hugo Pereira, ‎Head of Biofuels Division at Galp Energia


10:30 Networking break
Kindly sponsored by JOil

11:15 Biofuels Policy Reform
Laura Buffet, Fuels Officer, Transport & Environment

11:45 Bioenergy projects funded under the NER 300 programme – current state of development and knowledge gained

  • Short presentation of the NER 300 programme
  • Funded projects and the role of bioenergy projects for the programme
  • Knowledge Sharing mechanisms of the programme
  • State-of-play, insights and knowledge gained from the Verbiostraw project

Joint presentation by Andreas Uihlein, Scientific / Technical Project Officer, European Commission & Dr. Oliver Lüdtke, Vice Chairman of the Management Board, Verbio AG

12:15 Ethanol's role in meeting the EU's 2020 targets- perspectives up to 2030
Emmanuel Desplechin, Director Government Affairs, ePURE

biofuels international12:45 Networking lunch
sponsored by Biofuels International Magazine



2:15 Opening remarks from the chair

Ian Waller, Independent Advisor, FiveBarGate Consultants Ltd

2:15 Opening remarks from the chair

Jorge Bendeck, CEO, Federation of Biofuels Colombia

2:30 Upcoming changes in the tradeflows of biofuels

Kevin McGeeney, CEO, Starsupply

2:30 Feedstock pricing outlook

  • Risk management
  • How biofuels producers can improve margins

Rory Deverell, Senior Commodity Risk Manager at INTL FCStone

3:00 Lessons learnt from US ethanol market

  • Pricing
  • Financial hedging

Jim Damask, MD, Starfuels

3:00 The potential of UCO in European biofuels policy

  • iLUC revisions
  • Post 2020 scenarios
  • Addressing sustainability concerns

Angel Alvarez Alberdi, Secretary General, European Waste to Advanced Biofuels Association


3:30 Networking break in exhibition hall
Kindly sponsored by JOil

4:00 Trends in waste-based biodiesel

Victor Allemandou, Broker, Greenea

4:00 Analysing biomass feedstocks

Laurence Corbett, Celignis Limited

4:30 Biofuels trade across Europe

Joint Presentation by Sandra De Mey Commercial Manager, Port of Ghent & Peter Geertse, Commercial Manager, Zeeland Seaports

4:30 Waste Oil- based Biodiesel Technologies – Implementation of new waste material for biodiesel production

Christine Riedl, Technical Sales Director, BDI


5:00 Developing Jatropha as a viable and sustainable feedstock plant: progress and challenges
Dr Hong Yan, JOil

IncBio 5:30 Networking reception
hosted by IncBio

Day 2: 24th September 2015


JOIL 8:45 Registration and Coffee
Kindly sponsored by JOil

9:00 Chair's opening remarks
Ausilio Bauen, Director, e4tech

9:15 Land use change in biofuels policy beyond 2020

  • Quantitative assessments for policy options
  • Handling of land use emissions for traditional and new biofuels

David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

9:45 Sustainability of Inbicon 2G bioethanol
Dr. Jesper Dohrup, Sr Commercial Manager, Inbicon, DONG Energy

10:15 How sustainable really are advanced biofuels?

  • Differentiating feedstocks
  • Availability & Sustainability
  • Harmonising sustainability criteria over industries

Timo Huhtisaari, Sustainability and Biofuels Expert, NEOT


10:45 Networking break
Kindly sponsored by JOil

11:15 New procedures for certifying low ILUC fuels

Melanie Williams, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels

11:45 Land use change verification

Norbert Schmitz, Managing Director, ISCC System

12:15 Networking lunch
sponsored by Biofuels International Magazine
including Whisky Tasting with Celtic Renewables

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2:00 Opening remarks from the chair
Al Costa, CEO, Alkol Biotech

2:00 Opening remarks from the chair
Ausilio Bauen, Director, e4tech

2:15 Waste to Advanced Biodiesel - How to convert waste oil or fat into Biodiesel

Jose Marques, CEO, IncBio

2:15 The race to Scale: Is Bigger Better?

Mike Hart, CEO, Sierra Energy

2:45 Ethanol in Brazil, the beginning of a New Growth Cycle?

Mariá Almeida Aranha, Consultant, UNICA

2:45 Commercial Scale Production of Cellulosic Ethanol

  • Commercial-scale production of biofuels from cellulosic residues
  • On-site and process-integrated production of enzymes
  • De-risking

Dr. Clemens Heikaus, Business Development Manager, Clariant


3:15 Networking break in exhibition hall
Kindly sponsored by JOil

4:00 Securing investment to expand

Joško Bobanović, Partner, Renewable Chemistry, Soffinova

4:00 Advanced biofuels from cellulosic Biomass

Raffaella Serra, Business Development Manager, Beta Renewables

4:30 Esterification: why use multi-feedstock reactors?
Dr. Richard Jackson, BHR Biofuels Limited

4:30 Status on second generation Biofuel from Pongamia plantation developments in the US, Australia and South America
Marcel van Heesewijk, CEO & Founder, Investancia

Close of conference

*Please note that speakers and topics may be subject to confirmation and alteration. All information was correct at time of going to press.

For conference programme suggestions and
queries please contact:

Margaret Dunn

Conference Co-ordinator
Tel:   +44 (0) 208 687 4126

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