Biofuels International programme
20th – 22nd September 2016, Ghent, Belgium

Join us and Zeeland Seaports on 20th September for a pre-conference networking event full details on the Tours link above.

Day 1: 21st September 2016


9:00 Chair's opening remarks
Sergio Ugarte, Managing Director, SQ Consult

9:10 How Global Biofuels Market Have Coped with Falling Oil, Legislative Changes and Shifting Trade Flows
Tim Worledge, Global Associate Editorial Director of Agriculture, Platts

09:40 Biofuel management from an oil company's perspective

  • How is the crude oil landscape impacting biofuels demand?
  • Exploring Europe's biodiesel trading landscape

Csaba Zsoter, Head of Feedstock Supply, MOL

10:10 Fuels in transition challenges for the oil and gas sector
Spyros Kiartzis, Alternative Energy Sources and New Technologies Manager, Hellenic Petroleum

Platts Mcgraw Hill Financial
10:40 Networking break
kindly sponsored by Platts

11:15 Swedish Government Target of a Fossil Fuel Independent Transport Sector by 2030 - How is the Swedish industry supporting this?
Jakob Lagercrantz, Co-founder, 2030-Secretariat

11:45 Waste-based biodiesel market in 2016
Victor Allemandou, Broker, Greenea

12:15 The new Kajaani Cellunolix second generation plant

Patrick Pitkänen, Head of Business Development and Sales, St1 Biofuels

biofuels international 12:45 Networking lunch
Kindly sponsored by biofuels international magazine



1:55 Opening remarks from the chair

Ian Waller, Lead auditor, 5Barg8

1:55 Opening remarks from the chair

Professor Martin Tangney, Director Biofuel Research Centre, President Celtic Renewables Ltd

2:00 Pricing and trading trends
Matthew Stone, Managing Director, Prima Markets

2:00 Evolution of first generation plants
Sergio Ugarte, Managing Director, SQ Consult


2:30 Scaling up
Arno van de Kant, Business Development Director, Bioprocess Pilot Facility

2:45 Networking break

3:00 Networking break

3:15 Biofuel Trade across Europe
Sandra De Mey, Commercial Manager, Port of Ghent & Peter Geertse, Commercial Manager, Zeeland Seaports

3:30 Synthesising strengths of first and third generation biorefineries
Christian Schweitzer, Managing Director of BSE Engineering

4:00 Role of pilot facilities within development of advanced fuels
Brecht Vanlerberghe , R&D Manager, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

4:00 Biofuel margin prospects for first-generation producers in 2016/17
Madeleine Breguet Oilseed and Biofuel market analyst, Tallage

Port of Ghent
4:30 Networking reception
hosted by Port of Ghent aboard their port yacht 'Jacob van Artevelde' for a port tour - full details on the Tours link above.

Day 2: 22nd September 2016


9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:15 Chair's opening remarks
Ian Waller, Lead auditor, 5Barg8

09:45 RED/ FQD amendment – implications for certification systems and system users

  • GHG reduction targets vs. blending targets
  • New GHG requirements under amended RED/FQD and impact on economic operators along the supply chain
  • GHG calculation for innovative renewable fuels
  • Innovative tools for sustainability certification

Dr. Jan M. Henke, Director, Meo Carbon Solutions

10:15 Harmonising Biofuels Quality and Labelling in Europe

  • Short introduction on how European biofuel standards work
  • The EU alternative fuels label unveiled
  • What happens at the filling station as of 18 November 2016

Ortwin Costenoble, Senior Standardization Consultant and secretary of CEN/TC 19 and CEN/TC 441, NEN Energy

10:45 Networking break

11:15 Exploring the changes in regulation of the sustainable biodiesel market in Spain for 2017

  • Exploring the waste-based feedstock and biodiesel market in Spain
  • Trading sustainable products including cooking oil, animal fats, glicerol and biodiesel

Luis Rodrigo Poch, General Manager, UCO Trading

11:45 Regulatory Affairs & Biofuel Policies

Raf Verdonck, Consultant, TOTCO

12:15 Future outlook for supply and demand in Europe
Kevin McGeeney, CEO, Starsupply

biofuels international 12:45 Networking lunch
Kindly sponsored by biofuels international magazine

Celtic Renewablesincluding Whisky Tasting with Celtic Renewables




2:15 Opening remarks from the chair

2:15 Opening remarks from the chair

Sergio Ugarte, Managing Director, SQ Consult

2:30 Second generation feedstock quality and pre-treatment

Paolo Corvo, Head of Business Development Biofuels & Derivatives, Clariant

2:30 Steelanol Syngas Fermentation Project

Carl De Mare - Head of Emerging Technology Development, ArcelorMittal

3:00 Developing Reliable Biomass Supply Chains for Successful second generation projects

Raffaella Serra, Business Development Manager, Beta Renewables

3:00 Advanced biofuels market in the Nordic and Baltic regions

  • A case study of the commercialisation of second generation biofuels

Bo Gleerup, Co-Founder, Nordic Green

3:30 Networking break

3:30 Networking break

4:00 Experiences from the co-operation with a Malaysian palm oil producer

  • Lowering the cost of cellulases by the recycling and reuse of cellulases
  • Special cellulase mix for the conversion of Empty fruit bunches to fermentable sugars
  • Importance of industrial investors from Asia for technology providers to Europe

Gunter Festel, Co-Founder, Autodisplay Biotech

4:00 Case study: Running a Biorefinery

  • Explaining the pre-treatment and separation process for co-production of lignin based performance based chemicals & sugars
  • The world's first microfibrillated cellulose to be scaled up to industrial scale

Gudbrand Rodsrud, Technology Director, Borregaard

4:30 Sustainability assurance for feedstocks

  • Interaction between different feedstocks and biofuels

Ian Waller, Lead Auditor, 5barg8

4:30 The Next Generation of Waste-to-Energy Solutions

Kevin Willerton Vice President, Business Development Alter NRG

5:00 End 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.

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