European Advanced Biofuel Congress, Brussels, Belgium

Start Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 8:00 - Thursday, December 06, 2012 8:00

Tuesday, 04th December

09:00 Welcoming remarks

09:15 Government and Regulatory Policy


“The European Union has set itself a target for using 10% of energy from renewables in passenger cars by 2020, from 3% in 2012. This mandatory target will mainly be fulfilled by biofuels but first generation biofuels will not be sufficient and imported biofuels carry the extra consideration re emissions. However, domestic policy making has become obsessed by the ILUC theories and arguments over the definitions of sustainability. Oil is definitely not sustainable, yet unless Europe comes to a consensus on biofuel policy that can drive next generation production, then oil use will be the only alternative. Policy needs to concentrate on driving demand and this means the establishment of a 2G mandate.”


09:30 Panel Debate One

Government and European policy towards next generation biofuel production

  • Why has the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive been so slow?

  • Introducing a specific target for advanced biofuel use with genuine enforceable penalty mechanisms

  • The merits and structures of biofuels mandates: is a 2G mandate possible?

  • Providing loan guarantees and incentives for early stage plants and supporting biomass development and collection throughout Europe

  • Does distinguishing between "good and bad biofuel pathways” do any good in solving the problems of the industry?

  • Has the 2011 Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) report simply clouded the waters still further?

  • What are the consequences for next generation fuels if the EU rules penalize individual biofuels for their specific ILUC emissions?

  • Is there anything wrong with Europe exporting biotechnology expertise and importing the resulting product of that expertise?

  • Can we afford to ignore the economic benefits that advanced biofuels could bring to Europe’s struggling economies?

Philip Lowe, Director General, European Commission, DG ENER

Esa Härmälä, Director General, Energy Department, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland

Robert Wakely, Headof Low Carbon Fuels, Department of Transport, United Kingdom

Arthur Reijnhart, General Manager - Alternative Energy Fuel Development Strategy, Shell

Oliver Mace, Head of Strategy and Regional Affairs, BP Biofuels

Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, Mainstreaming Adaptation & Low Carbon Technology, European Commission, DG CLIMA

Michael Persson, Lead Regulatory Advisor, DONG Energy

Kåre Riis Nielsen, Director for European Affairs, Novozymes

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 Panel Debate Two

The other side of the coin: Driving policy to support end-user demand for advanced biofuels

  • How do we avoid the mistakes that were made in creating the first generation biodiesel market in Europe?

  • Should we focus on the commercial transport sector as the most likely long term offtaker and therefore a potential major driver for scaling-up?

  • Developing a worldwide accepted sustainability certification standard in aviation biofuels

  • What have been the consequences, both intended and unintended, of the double counting mechanism in the Renewable Energy Directive?

  • Beyond flightpaths: a consistent and unified approach to green transport that takes in air, road and rail

  • What have been the successes and challenges of the bio-DME program?

Kyriakos Maniatis, Principal Administrator, European Commission, DG ENER

Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director, Greenpeace

Jonas Strömberg, Director, Sustainable Solutions, Scania

Sari Mannonen, Director, UPM Biofuels

Dirk Kronemeijer, Managing Director, SkyNRG

Michel Pozas-Lucic, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Innovation, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Frederic Eychenne, New Energies Programme Manager, Airbus

Imke Luebbeke, Senior Policy Officer, WWF European Policy Office

13:00 Networking lunch break

14:30 Commercialisation, Finance and Scale Up


“The capital expenditure for a second generation facility is roughly two or three times that of a first generation facility. Financing is one of the biggest challenges to scaling up advanced biofuels, as a first step toward the bio-based economy. In order to create a market for advanced biofuels and bio-based industry in general, this financial hurdle needs to be overcome and a viable, financeable business model for next generation biofuels must be put forward.”


14:45 Panel Debate One

Is securing finance and investment in the industry an intractable problem?

  • Establish financing structures to facilitate sustainable biofuel projects

  • What are major banks looking for in order to greenlight the financing of a next generation biofuel facility?

  • What do those seeking funds need to understand about Basel 3 requirements placed on banks?

  • Is a long term offtake agreement an essential part of any consideration for finance?

  • Is there an absence of European venture capital and private equity risk appetite in the next generation biofuels sector?

  • Do we need to have one or two successful, high volume first-movers to demonstrate the credibility of the industry to the finance and investment community?

  • How might the various proposals for Green Bonds benefit future biofuels financings?

Jos Peeters, Managing Partner, Capricorn Venture Partners

Nicolas Denis, Principal, McKinsey & Company

Jan Willem van Roggen, Managing Director, Infrastructure and Renewables Finance, NIBC

William Watts, Investment Director - Clean Energy, Ingenious Investments

James Barrett-Miles, Renewable Energy Corporate Finance Director, Ernst & Young

Further panellists to be announced shortly

16:00 Networking refreshment break

16:30 Panel Debate Two

Technological, logistical and political obstacles to scale in the next generation of European biofuels

  • Is there a rush to be the second, first commercial-scale producer in the market?

  • A better financing of the sector apart, what could drive scale-up in European 2G biofuels?

  • Are first generation producers still somewhat antagonistic towards next generation production? What consequences might this have?

  • What are some of the unexpected challenges in establishing a viable next generation plant?

  • Have a few prominent failures unfairly affected the perception of the entire industry?

  • 2013 as a tipping point year: are next generation success stories nearly here?

Michele Rubino, Chief Operating Officer, Beta Renewables

Henrik Maimann, Chief Executive Officer, DONG Energy New Bio Solutions

Ingvar Landälv, Chief Technical Officer, Chemrec

Andrew Owens, Chief Executive, Greenergy

Søren Holm Pedersen, Chief Technical Officer, Vestforsyning

David Cepla, Managing Director, Envergent Technologies

Andre Koltermann, Group Vice President, Biotech & Renewables Center, Clariant

Doug Berven, Director of Corporate Affairs, POET

Gloria Gaupmann, Director for Energy Policy and Environmental Affairs, ePURE

18:00 Evening networking drinks reception

Wednesday, 05th December

09:00 Welcoming remarks

09:10 The Availability of Suitable Feedstock


“The European next generation biofuels industry is without a consistent and meaningful stance on feedstock use and development. There is a constant and overriding desire to base the industry around waste and the use of marginal land when what is needed is the establishment of a large-scale industry built close to feedstock source, that can take maximum advantage of Europe’s abundant forestry in Scandinavia, and agricultural lands of Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS.”


09:30 Panel Debate One

Establishing a consistent governmental policy on biofuel agriculture

  • Agricultural policy: what is agricultural land for and how can we move beyond a fuel or food debate?

  • Securing reliable biomass supply for next generation processes

  • How can European-produced biomass compete on price?

  • How abundant is agricultural biomass waste throughout the European agri sector and what can we do with it?

  • The need to improve the collection of residual biomass and how to incentivise farmers to do so

  • Developing multi-feedstock processes: the only sensible road to take

  • Developing multi-feedstock processes: easier said than done

Markus Holzer, Head of Unit,Bioenergy, Forest and Climatic Change, European Commission, DG AGRI

Pasi Rousu, President, Asia & Pacific and Americas, Chempolis

Anders Fredriksson, Chief Executive Officer, SEKAB

Marie Donnelly, Director, Renewables Research & Innovation, European Commission, DG ENER

Michael O'Donohue, Project Co-Ordinator, BIOCORE

Richard Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer, Ceres

Lars-Åke Lindström, Vice President, Bio and Annual Fibre, Metso Paper Sweden

David Baldock, Executive Director, IEEP - Institute for European Environmental Policy

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 Panel Debate Two

Where there’s land, there’s hope: The potential feedstocks to fuel European next generation production and where it might be grown

  • The potential for European energy crops: what works and where can we grow it?

  • How marginal is marginal land and where can we find it?

  • Exploring setting-up operations in feedstock rich territories: Poland, Ukraine, Russia

  • What can we learn from the relative success of Scandinavian wood-based biofuels?

  • The future of higher yield GMO crops in the EU and Eastern Europe

Richard Spinks, Chief Executive Officer, Active Energy Group

Andrei Sizov, Chief Executive Officer & President, SovEcon

Katre Saard, Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Directors, Alpcot Agro

Thierry de l’Escaille, Secretary General, ELO - European Landowners’ Organization

Doron Gal, Chief Executive Officer, Kaiima

Eran Baniel, Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development, Virdia

Nissim Chen, Vice President, FuturaGene

Willemijn van der Werf, Global Sustainability Director, LanzaTech

13:00  Networking lunch break

14:30 The Problems and Benefits of Pursuing Alternative Revenue Streams


“A large amount of biotechnology expertise and production capacity is being targeted towards the production of the more commercially attractive green chemical sector. Whilst this provides valuable revenue to biotech companies in the space, if not managed correctly as part of a comprehensive business model, it can distract valuable time and intellectual resources from advancements in biofuels research and production.”


15:00 Panel Debate

Can the advanced biofuels’ business model develop organically to incorporate multiple potential end-uses?

  • Following the oil industry model: one barrel of oil is not, most profitably, one barrel of fuel

  • Developing and sustaining an integrated strategy in next generation biotechnology

  • Balancing the focus between fuel and non-fuel end-use

  • The importance of driving European domestic bio-chemical production in terms of the economy and natural resource policy

  • How do we drive the European biochemical economy?

MarkEmalfarb, Chief Executive Officer, Dyadic International

Jacques Biton, Chief Executive Officer,Deinove

Tom van Aken, Chief Executive Officer, Avantium

Ward Mosmuller, Director Public Affairs, DSM

Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Director, Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio

Gisle L. Johansen, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Borregaard

16:30 Closing remarks and end of conference

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