Investing in Advanced Biofuels

This new conference from S&P Global Platts helps you understand the exciting new opportunities for growth in renewable diesel—fuels made by hydrotreating vegetable oils or animal fats. You'll learn how major refiners are building renewable diesel projects and what this initiative means for biofuel markets in the Americas and Europe.
The program will address supply outlook perspectives from traders and refiners, commercial development plans in the US, state and federal policy considerations, government incentives, feedstocks economics and trading, renewable diesel and biodiesel compatibility, and more.
In addition, you'll hear Platts analysts evaluate the market outlook, including supply, demand, and logistics.

Who attends

This year’s participants include a broad spectrum of industry players including refining companies, investors, large industrials, transportation companies, integrated oil and gas companies, chemical companies, and manufacturers.
The program is of particular interest to anyone working with biofuels or diesel, especially in analysis, trading, commercial development, research & innovation, strategic planning, operations management, and sales/business development.
See who attends View attending companies and learn more about this year's registrants, including their industry sector, region, job function, and management level breakdown.


Join us for this brand-new conference from S&P Global Platts focusing on the exciting new opportunities for growth in renewable diesel. Learn how major refiners are building renewable diesel projects and what this initiative means for biofuel markets in the Americas and Europe.

This one-day program event features both industry and Platts voices, Q&A with speakers, downloadable materials, and more. Advance registration gives you access to the event replay and presentation materials even if you are unable to attend the live conference.


Program Highlights

  • Key advantages of renewable diesel including fuel quality and compatibility with existing infrastructure
  • Projections on the growth of renewable diesel in the US, Europe, and worldwide
  • Federal and state policies supporting renewable diesel
  • Challenges for feedstock supply, logistics, and supply chain
  • New advances in renewable diesel technologies and feedstocks
  • Renewable aviation fuel in the mix—growth production and markets for green jet fuel

Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • 11:30 am Virtual platform opens
  • 12:00 pm Chair’s welcome to the virtual conference
    — Purpose of the conference
    — Importance of renewable diesel at this moment in history
    — What you’ll learn today

    Patricia Luismanso, Head of Agriculture and Metals Analytics,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 12:10 pm Introduction to renewable diesel
    — Explaining renewable diesel
    — How the fuel is produced
    — Advantages and comparisons with biodiesel
    — Market outlook
    — Production update
    — Feedstock availability
    — Keeping track of fuel prices

    Moderator: Patricia Luismanso, Head of Agriculture and Metals Analytics,
    S&P Global Platts
    Corey Lavinsky, Global Manager, Biofuels Analytics,
    S&P Global Platts
    Sophie Byron, Associate Pricing Director, Agriculture Americas,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 12:50 pm Intermission
  • Moderator: Sophie Byron, Associate Pricing Director, Agriculture Americas,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 1:00 pm Transformation and supply chain for renewable diesel
    — Business case
    — Feedstock choices for renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel
    — New opportunities for growth
    — Importance of sustainable sourcing and verification
    — Innovation and transformation in the source and supply of feedstocks
    — The sky’s the limit

    Jeremy Baines, President,
    Neste US
  • 1:30 pm State of the industry—Renewable diesel production and market growth
    — Evolution of renewable diesel
    — Advantages of the fuel
    — Production capabilities
    — Growth in production
    — Incentives from the states
    — Federal policy and the growth of a national renewable diesel industry

    Neville Fernandes, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Development,
    Renewable Energy Group
  • 2:00 pm Intermission
  • Moderator: Corey Lavinsky, Global Manager, Biofuels Analytics,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 2:20 pm Global Clean Energy Holdings—company and renewable diesel project
    — Vertically integrated renewable fuels company, farm-to-fuel
    — Nonfood based feedstock IP—camelina sativa
    — Under construction onf 15 kbd biorefinery in Bakersfield California
    — Scheduled start-up Q1 2022
    — Strategic relationship; most notable is ExxonMobil to purchase renewable diesel

    Richard Palmer, President and CEO,
    Global Clean Energy Holdings, Sustainable Oils and Bakersfield Renewable Fuels
  • 2:45 pm Designing an optimal renewable fuels facility
    — Intersection of renewable diesel plant design with government mandates
    — Managing overall capital investment while navigating environmental regulations and key sustainability factors
    — Results of the project design and next steps

    Michael Roberts, Vice President, Operations,
    KP Engineering, LP
  • 3:10 pm Renewable diesel and aviation fuel
    — Economics of sustainable aviation fuel
    — Advances in technology
    — Incentives and support
    — Future directions: realistic market share for sustainable aviation fuel

    Jimmy Samartzis, CEO and Board Director,
  • 3:35 pm Government incentives for renewable diesel and biocrude co-processing in Canada
    — Policy issues—where do green diesel and green gasoline fit?
    — Incentives for lower carbon fossil fuels and non-fossil clean fuels
    — Implications for North American biofuels markets

    Ian Thomson, President,
    Advanced Biofuels Canada
  • 4:00 pm Close of virtual conference
Times are US East Coast (EDT / GMT-05). Agenda subject to change.


Speakers for the Renewable Diesel Virtual Conference have a depth of experience in clean and sustainable fuel, energy and climate action policy, renewable feedstocks, strategic business planning and development, and market analytics. They'll share their views on a number of topics, including supply chain, production, market growth, opportunities, challenges, policy, new advances, aviation fuel, and more. Click on the plus signs to learn more about each of the speakers.

Ian Thomson Ian Thomson
President, Advanced Biofuels Canada

Mr. Thomson is the President of Advanced Biofuels Canada. Since 2005, Ian has helped lead the development of Canada’s advanced biofuels sector. He has worked directly on all key federal/provincial energy and climate action policies in Canada, including renewable and low carbon fuel regulations, carbon pricing, and fiscal policies to build biofuel production capacity and expand clean fuel use. He heads up Advanced Biofuels Canada’s industry and member engagement and broadly represents the sector’s interests with governments, clean fuels sectors, NGOs, and other stakeholders.

Richard Palmer Richard Palmer
President and CEO, Global Clean Energy Holdings, Sustainable Oils and Bakersfield Renewable Fuels

Mr. Palmer is CEO of Global Clean Energy Holdings, a renewable feedstock developer and operator which owns and/or operates farms that produce non-food-based plant-derived feedstocks for the biofuels and renewable chemicals industry. GCEH currently owns or contracts farms in the United States, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic GCEH also owns Sustainable Oils, the leader in the development and production of Camelina Oil, the only EPA approved non-food based feedstock for the production of Advanced Biofuels. Mr. Palmer is also President and CEO of the Center for Sustainable Energy Farming. Previously he was the founder and executive vice president of Mobius Risk Group. Mr. Palmer has a degree in business from the University of Southern California.

Michael Roberts Michael Roberts
Vice President, Operations, KP Engineering, LP

Mr. Roberts has more than twenty years of chemical process engineering and strategic business operations experience spanning oil and gas, power, and air quality industries. He currently serves as Vice President of Operations for KP Engineering, LP (KPE). In this role, he leads all department managers and staff employees and is responsible for facilitating business strategy planning. He develops economic models and directs commercial execution of renewable fuel-based EPC projects for the firm. Prior to KPE, he was the Vice President of Operations for Integrated Flow Solutions (IFS) where he successfully executed the $300M sale of IFS and sister companies to a publicly-traded company and led all aspects of project management on jobs ranging from$100k to $25M. Mr. Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Jimmy Samartzis Jimmy Samartzis
CEO and Board Director, LanzaJet

Jimmy Samartzis is the Chief Executive Officer of LanzaJet, Inc., a global leader in renewable fuels technology and production of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel. Jimmy is leading the company through a scale-up in technology and production, with renewable fuel refineries planned in multiple countries – US, EU, UK, Japan, Canada, and others. LanzaJet’s technology was developed in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the company is financially supported by strategic investors Suncor, Mitsui, and LanzaTech.

Jimmy has spent the majority of his career focused on climate change, advancing the decarbonization of industries reliant on fossil fuels. Jimmy’s work in the airline industry led to pioneering test flights, the first commercial-scale renewable jet fuel deal, and commercial production, and a global industry agreement to enable a reduction in aviation emissions and adoption of sustainable fuels. Additionally, he has led a global coalition of stakeholders across the value chain to break down the barriers to the commercialization of renewable fuels.

Jimmy previously served in several executive roles at United Airlines including as chief executive of a $2B business unit, and as an executive advisor to clients globally through his work with Oliver Wyman, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Slalom. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a global leader in high-energy particle physics.

Jimmy earned his M.B.A. from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, a M.A. from John Hopkins University, and an B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Jeremy Baines Jeremy Baines
President, Neste US

Mr. Baines is President of Neste US. He has a BS in Economics from City University, London, UK, and has over 15 years of commercial and leadership experience with Neste in Geneva, London, and Brussels.

Neville Fernandes Neville Fernandes
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Development, Renewable Energy Group

Mr. Fernandes has more than 30 years of experience in the renewable fuels, petroleum, and chemical industries in a variety of roles including business development, sales, marketing, EHS, and process engineering. He currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Development for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). In this position, Mr. Fernandes provides strategic thought leadership regarding public policy and leads early stages of strategic business development opportunities while working closely with the business development and strategy teams within the organization. Prior to REG, Mr. Fernandes held various managerial roles at Neste, including General Manager and President of Neste US, Inc., where he led the business development and sales and marketing teams. Mr. Fernandes led the team that successfully commercialized renewable diesel in the US and Canada a decade ago. He also headed up the sustainable aviation fuel development project and managed the sales of sustainable aviation fuel in the US. Mr. Fernandes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA in Marketing from the Schulich School of Business in Canada. He is also a licensed engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario.

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

Ms. Byron is the managing editor for agriculture across the Americas. Prior to that, she was based with Platts in London, managing the light ends clean refined product group and leading several major methodology projects. She has covered refined products from fuel oil at the bottom of the barrel to LPG at the top. Before joining Platts, she worked for various media companies. Ms. Byron has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Nottingham and a master’s in international finance from Kingston University.

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

Mr. Lavinsky is the head of the biofuels analytics team at S&P Global Platts, where he is an authority on biofuels law and policy. In 2018, he testified as an expert witness before the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce on the topic of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. In 2019, he taught a Continuing Legal Education course on Current Developments in U.S. Biofuels Law. He joined S&P Global Platts following its acquisition of PIRA Energy Group. Prior to joining PIRA in 2009, he was the CEO of Growthink Research, a market research firm that helped companies identify prospective investors and raise venture capital. He began his career as an attorney with Kilo & Flynn, P.C., a St. Louis law firm. Mr. Lavinsky 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.

Patricia Luismanso Patricia Luismanso
Head of Agriculture and Metals Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Ms. Luismanso has over 15 years of experience in analytical and leadership roles in agri-commodities and network industries. She recently joined S&P Global Platts as Head of Sugar and Biofuels Analytics. Previously she was Head of Sugar and Ethanol Research at Louis Dreyfus Commodities, where she managed a global team with a focus on developing critical market analysis to design trading strategies. Ms. Manso also worked at Kingsman, now part of S&P Global Platts, for seven years as Senior Analyst and Head of Research and Reports.



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Download our Americas event portfolio brochure to learn more about our events and who attends.

Contact us to start a conversation about your goals and how you can lead the pack as an event sponsor: Martin Falkenberg, Commercial Partnerships Manager, at +1 857-383-5630 or [email protected].


The S&P Global Platts Renewable Diesel Virtual Conference will take place Online on September 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET.

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