Tuesday, 04th December
09:00 Welcoming remarks 09:15 Government and Regulatory PolicyTHE ISSUE: “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.”THE SOLUTIONS:09:30 Panel Debate OneGovernment 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 UpTHE ISSUE: “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.”THE SOLUTIONS: 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 FeedstockTHE ISSUE: “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.”THE SOLUTIONS: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 StreamsTHE ISSUE: “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.”THE SOLUTIONS:15:00 Panel DebateCan 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