Effects of the global pandemic on agriculture and how to position for the future

As global economies come to terms with the far-reaching effects of the past year, lockdowns imposed across the world have ground airlines and vehicles to a halt. Policymakers are having to balance economic recovery with green initiatives, which paves an uncertain path ahead for the biofuels industry.

S&P Global Platts Biofuels Forum will be focussing on the impact of covid-19 on the biofuels industry, supply & demand forecasts, and outlook for the future. Gain insights into how policy developments and momentum for low carbon fuels has been affected in light of these challenges, with over 2 hours of information presentations and discussions.

Topics covered:
• Biofuel policy updates in key regions; US, Canada, Brazil, EU
• Supply & demand forecast for biofuels
• SAF and low carbon fuels across the regions
• Ethanol demand and the impact on the industry
• The relationship between biodiesel and feedstocks

S&P Global Platts Biofuels Forum is part of Agriculture Week – 3 days of essential information focusing on the sugar, grains and biofuels markets. With added networking opportunities, you will be able to virtually meet key decision-makers, Platts commodity specialists and your peers, ensuring you stay connected to the community during this time of great uncertainty.


    • 10:30 am Networking time
    • 11:00 am Outlook for the world biofuels market• Low carbon fuel policies paving the way for biofuels in Europe and the US
      • Feedstocks remain a challenge
      Corey Lavinsky, Advisor, Global Biofuels Analytics, S&P Global Platts
      Kathlyn Saillen, Biofuels Analyst, S&P Global Platts
    • 11:30 am HVO, SAF and low Carbon fuels update • Platts new renewable distillate assessments
      • Is SAF enough for aviation requirements?
      • Renewable Diesel: is it all about price?
      Sophie Byron, Associate Pricing Director, Agriculture Americas, S&P Global Platts
      Emma Thomas, Associate Editor, EMEA Middle Distillates, S&P Global Platts
    • 11:50 am Ethanol: global supply and pricing dynamics • Global fuel ethanol demand
      • Low carbon policies and ethanol
      • Are producers diversifying?
      Josh Pedrick, Americas Biofuels and Sugar - Managing Editor, S&P Global Platts
      Karim El Afany, Senior Pricing Specialist-EMEA Grains and Biofuels, S&P Global Platts
    • 12:15 pm Biodiesel: a market under threat? • Biodiesel and their feedstocks
      • Brazil moves away from auction system
      Nicolle Castro, Senior Price Specialist, S&P Global Platts
      George Duke, Associate Editor, S&P Global Platts
    • 12:35 pm Q&A and debate with our speakersPricing specialists from around the globe join the analytics team to discuss current challenges facing the bio and renewable fuel markets
    • 1:05 pm Networking time


Corey Lavinsky Corey Lavinsky
Advisor, Global Biofuels Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Corey Lavinsky joined PIRA, now part of S&P Global Platts, in 2009 and is responsible for tracking and analyzing world biofuels markets. He is a frequent speaker on biofuels law and policy. In June 2018, he testified as an expert witness before the US House Committee on Energy & Commerce on the topic of Renewable Identification Numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard. He has also taught Continuing Legal Education classes on biofuels law.

Prior to joining PIRA, Corey was the CEO of Growthink Research, a market research firm focused on helping companies raise venture capital. He began his career as an attorney with Kilo & Flynn, P.C., a St. Louis law firm. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from Binghamton University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri, where he was a member of the Missouri Law Review.

Karim Alfany Karim El Afany
Senior Pricing Specialist-EMEA Grains and Biofuels, S&P Global Platts

Karim works on the agriculture desk in London covering EMEA biofuels and was previously covering the Black Sea grains market. He worked as an investment analyst and an equity analyst covering Middle East-listed fertilizers and chemical companies. He holds a BA (Combined Hons) in Economics and International Development from the University of Liverpool, and an MSC (Hons) in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He wrote his Masters’ dissertation on the impact of agricultural liberalization on the Egyptian wheat market and food security.

Nicolle Castro Nicolle Castro
Senior Price Specialist, S&P Global Platts

Nicolle Monteiro de Castro acts as Sugar and Ethanol senior price specialist for S&P Global Platts covering Brazilian Center-South and Northeast regions. Having started her professional life in the shipping market, focusing on bulk cargoes, she has been developing her career in the sugar and biofuels chain, having more than a decade of experience. Nicolle joined Platts back in December 2014 as the person in charge of the Brazilian sugar pricing coverage and then expanding her pricing activities into the Brazilian biofuel market. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs', has a Master's degree in Finance with focus in Capital Market from Fundação Getúlio Vargas - FGV, and currently studying her second Master’s program in Agribusiness by FGV school. Nicolle has worked in the anhydrous ethanol assessment for the Brazilian North-Northeast region, the regional benchmark, and started in 2020 to develop the Brazilian biodiesel spot market assessment parameters.

Sophie Byron Sophie Byron
Associate Pricing Director, Agriculture Americas, S&P Global Platts

Sophie heads the growing S&P Global Platts Americas Agriculture pricing team, with a team of 10 full -time pricing specialists that cover the exciting biofuel, sugar, oilseeds and grain markets in North and South America. Sophie started her time at Platts in the London oil team focusing on refined products before transferring to Houston to lead and drive the expansion of Platts Agriculture . Under Sophie’s leadership Platts agriculture coverage has expanded to grains, oilseeds, vegetable oils and renewable fuels. Sophie holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The University of Nottingham, and a master’s degree in international finance from Kingston University.


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Position your business in expert company, distinct from your competitors. At S&P Global Platts Agriculture Week each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their product or service to industry-wide professionals. We provide an environment that encourages an honest and open dialogue among attendees. If you would like to lead the conversation as an event sponsor, contact us for more details on available packages: Irina Bondareva on +44 (0) 7976 684 617 or [email protected].

Download the brochureDemonstrate your strengths, raise your company profile, and maximize your ROI as we bring key industry players and decision-makers to you. At the S&P Global Platts Agriculture Week, each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their products and services, and distinguish themselves from the competition. We offer a full range of opportunities and packages, and can even tailor solutions to suit your needs.

Contact us to start a conversation about your goals and how you can lead the pack as an event sponsor: Irina Bondareva, Commercial Partnerships Manager, at +44 (0) 7976 684 617 or [email protected].

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The S&P Global Platts Agriculture Week will take place Online on April 20-22, 2021 at 10:30am - 1:30pm BST.

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