Exchanging value in the biofuels markets


The past year has had a significant impact on the biofuels industry. Demand for transport fuel was decimated due to national lockdowns, and the biofuels markets are in a state of high market volatility. As we begin to emerge into a new world, what does this all mean for the industry?

We are delighted to be returning in 2021 for the S&P Global Platts Biofuels Virtual Conference. Bringing together leading producers, refiners, traders and buyers, we’ll be bringing you leading insights into key market drivers for biofuels in Europe. What are the challenges & risks the markets are currently faced with, and where are the opportunities?

You will gain expert insights on the revision of RED II, national mandates across Europe and their impact on the biofuels markets, supply and demand fundamentals for key and emerging biofuels, including Ethanol, Biodiesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel, current feedstock sourcing issues in light of alternative competing fuels, and where the biofuels industry fits in a carbon zero world.

Event focus areas:

  • • The effects of the global pandemic on supply and demand for biofuels
  •  How will RED II revisions impact biofuels?
  •  Where will the feedstocks be sourced?
  •  How is the rise of SAF, Renewable diesel and alternative competing fuels going to impact the biofuels markets?

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S&P Global Platts Biofuels Conference
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    Duration: 1 day


    Who attends?

    • Biofuels Producers
    • Senior biofuels traders
    • Biofuels buyers
    • Regulators and Governments
    • Leading consultants and advisors
    • Financiers, banks and analysts
    • Global press
    • Industry associations

    Your virtual pass will include:

    • Access to the virtual platform and all live and on-demand session broadcasts on biofuels
    • Convenient access and view the event from anywhere through your mobile, tablet and computer
    • 1 months post event on-demand access to the virtual platform
    • Easy to use networking tools to connect with the whole audience through the virtual environment
    • Virtual attendees will gain access to an UberEats voucher (where available) to order food and drink to your home/office

Going Virtual

While we're running this year’s event virtually, we'll still have the high-caliber content and speakers the industry depends upon. You can expect content-rich sessions, in-depth discussions, lively Q&A, networking, prizes, exhibit booths, and much more, all within an immersive online environment.

Preview the virtual experience    

Preview the Virtual Experience
Virtual Lobby

Virtual Auditorium

Virtual Networking Lounge

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Build your network
— See who else is registered
— Search for attendees by name, title, company, country, keyword, or shared interests
— Participate in group chats to meet new people
— Exchange contact information
— Optimize your profile to help people find you
— Add your LinkedIn profile to your contact card and invite new contacts to connect
— Engage in the public group chat
— Reach out using private 1:1 messaging
— Invite other attendees to join a private group chat
— Tour the exhibit hall to speak with solution provider reps
Customize your agenda
— Participate in the full agenda or add specific sessions to your briefcase
— Attend live sessions or come back later to watch the replay
Explore the exhibit hall
— Explore solution provider booths
— View and collect resources in your briefcase
— Speak directly with booth reps by team chat or 1:1 conversations
— Visit the Platts booth to access bonus material and to enter for a chance to win a prize
Have some fun
— Score points and watch the leaderboard to see where you stand
— Enter for a chance to win prizes at various exhibit hall booths
Enjoy extra content
— Access Platts market news, exclusive content, and more
— Receive speaker presentation materials
Take it with you
— Download the speaker presentations and other materials you collected throughout the event
— Visit the on-demand replay for a refresher or to catch up on something you missed
— Lookup contacts from the virtual environment

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Opening sessions
  • 10.00 AM Chair's welcoming remarks Corey Lavinsky, Global Manager, Biofuels Analytics, S&P Global Platts
  • 10.10 AM Keynote address: The Transformation of Energy and Chemical Parks: the role of biofuels Andrew Murfin, General Manager, Advanced Biofuels, Shell
Setting the scene: global biofuels market fundamentals
  • 10:30 AM Outlook for the global biofuels markets • How have the biofuels markets adapted to challenges over the past 12 months?
    • Supply & demand forecast for biofuels
    • Market recovery: how is this varying across segments?
    • The rise of the biorefinery: a new era?
    • Increasing mandates across the globe: future predictions for biofuels
    • Forward looking: biofuels place in a low carbon world
    Corey Lavinsky, Global Manager, Biofuels Analytics, S&P Global Platts
  • 11:00 AMWaste Gasification; a proven solution towards advanced biofuels Dennis Chafiâ, Manager Business Development, GIDARA Energy
  • 11:25 AMNetworking break
Navigating the latest policy initiatives and incentives
  • 11:40 AMPanel discussion: A new chapter for biofuels: how will upcoming legislation impact the markets? • Revision of REDII and FQD: how could this impact the markets? Where are the pinch points?
    • Pan-EU track and trace database
    • Revised standards for EU certification schemes
    • ReFuelEU Aviation and FuelEU Maritime initiatives
    • National blending mandates across Europe
    • The role of conventional, waste-based and advanced biofuels in the EU Green Deal
    • Beyond Europe: Biden’s low carbon climate vision, Indian sugarcane & Ethanol policies, deforestation in Brazil
    Angel Alberdi, Secretary General, EWABA
    André Paula Santos, Public Affairs Director, European Biodiesel Board
    Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General, ePURE
    Andreas Schwingshackl, Senior Vice President Supply & Optimization, OMV
    Moderated by: Robert Beaman, Associate Pricing Director EMEA Agriculture, S&P Global Platts
Feedstocks challenges in Europe
    • 12:20 PMPanel discussion: The great feedstock debate: where to source? • Feedstock sourcing issues during the pandemic
      • Development of new supply chains: UCO imports from China
      • How are current market conditions shaping the feedstocks landscape?
      • Introduction of additional feedstocks to Annex IX of RED II: impact on feedstock markets?
      • Striking the balance between sustainability and profitability
      • Palm oil use in Europe: challenges, alternatives, and outlook: POME and PFADs
      • In light of global mandates and policy initiatives, where are feedstocks going to be sourced to keep up with demand?
      • Innovations in alternative feedstocks: where are the opportunities?
      Caroline Midgley, Director of Biofuels,LMC
      Ylwa Alwarsdotter, Executive Vice President Business Development, SEKAB
      Carolina Grassi, Business Development Lead - Latin America // Sector Lead: Ground Transport, RSB
      Moderated by: Olivier Mace, Consultant,Broadmanor Consulting
    • 13:00 PMNetworking break
Latest developments in markets & trading & supply chain
  • 13:30 PMAssessing the European Ethanol market • Supply & demand forecast for Ethanol in Europe
    • Beyond Europe: emerging hotspots
    • Regional ethanol mandates: how will this impact the market?
    • Latest feedstock developments
    Karim El Afany, Senior Pricing Specialist-EMEA Grains and Biofuels, S&P Global Platts
  • 13:55 PMPanel discussion: Sustainable Aviation Fuels• What are the key drivers for SAF?
    • What challenges is the market facing?
    • In light of sustainable aviation pledges, will there be enough supply to meet demand?
    • Blending mandates: what’s on the horizon?
    • How do we see the market developing?
    Steven Le Moing, Head of Low Carbon Fuels Regulation, Airbus
    Jonathon Counsell, Group Head of Sustainability, IAG
    Bryan Stonehouse, Head of Aviation Sustainability & Risk, Shell Aviation
    Andreea Moyes, Global Aviation Sustainability Director, Air bp
    Moderated by: Sophie Byron, Associate Pricing Director, Agriculture Americas, S&P Global Platts
  • 14:35 PMThe European biodiesel and renewable diesel markets • Outlook on regulatory drivers
    • Supply and demand trends
    • Renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels: Opportunities beyond the blendwall
    Anselm Eisentraut, Head of Market Intelligence Strategy, Neste
  • 15:00 PMNetworking and Refreshment Break
  • 15:15 PMPanel discussion: Exploring the shifting dynamics in biofuels trade • Supply and demand balance during the pandemic
    • How are imports factored into the supply equation in Europe?
    • UK & EU trade dynamics: challenging market conditions for UK domestic producers
    • The European Palm Oil ban: changing trade dynamics with Indonesia
    • Logistical challenges across the biofuels supply chain
    Csaba Zsótér, Supply & Trading Director, MOL
    Robert Wolf, Sales Manager Europe, Sales & Trading, Renewable Energy Group
    Andrea Martelli, Head of Biofuels Trading, Supply & Sustainability, Eni
    Moderated by: Patricia Luis-Manso, Head of Agriculture and Metals Analytics, S&P Global Platts
The future of biofuels
  • 15:55 PMPanel discussion: What’s next for biofuels? • What will remain of the gasoline market in 2050?
    • Will the sector help decarbonize the existing vehicle fleet in the short to medium term?
    • Where does the industry fit in a carbon-neutral world?
    • The rise of EV, hybrid vehicles and alternative fuels such as Hydrogen and E-fuels: how will this impact biofuels markets?
    Marcos Matijasevich, Senior Advisor - Low Carbon Transition Projects, Essar Oil
    Dr Ausilio Bauen, Director, E4tech
    Moderated by: Corey Lavinsky, Global Manager, Biofuels Analytics, S&P Global Platts
  • 16:35 PMEnd of conference & networking time

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Speaker Dennis Chafiâ
Manager Business Development, GIDARA Energy


Speaker Andrea Martelli
Head of Biofuels Trading, Portfolio Optimization & Supply, Eni

Andrea Martelli leads the overall Trading, Portfolio Optimization, Supply and Sustainability of biofuels activities (i.e. Biofeedstock, HVO, Biodiesel, mandate, new initiatives) within Eni.

He became Head of Biofuels Trading in Eni Trading and Shipping S.p.A. in 2019 (the London based trading arm of Eni in charge of the trading operations within the group, since January 2021 Eni Trade and Biofuels S.p.A.) with responsibility to enhance the biofuels trading activities. In 2020 he took over the role of Head of Supply for Eni. Since April 2021, he has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Eni Trading and Shipping inc (the Houston based trading arm of Eni).

With more than 15 years’ experience within the group he has covered different roles in several countries, he has been German and Austrian Branch Manager in Dusseldorf and Vienna with the responsibility to develop gas sales in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and also Head of Gas Sales in Paris, Milan and Brussels and Business Development Manager for gas and power and emissions.

Speaker Caroline Midgley
Director of Biofuels, LMC


Speaker Angel Alberdi
Secretary General, EWABA


Speaker Carolina Grassi
Business Development Lead - Latin America // Sector Lead: Ground Transport, RSB

Carolina leads RSB’s Business Development work in Latin America, as well as our sector focus on ground transport. A biologist with a Ph.D. in genetics and an MBA in Business Management, Carolina has dedicated her professional career to helping to achieve a balance between environmental protection and economic growth by establishing a sustainable and low-carbon circular economy.

She has spent much of her career working in research and innovation, with a focus on biomass, biofuels production and climate change. With over 9 years of experience in the field spent in private and public Brazilian institutions working on renewable energy and the bioeconomy, Carolina has been a researcher and executive manager and been involved in several of the largest projects of Brazilian bioeconomy, working with government representatives, civil society, public and private companies. Using science, innovation and the engagement of multiple stakeholders, she believes it is possible – and essential – that her work will lead to the realisation of a sustainable bioeconomy.

Speaker Alice Robinson
Long-Term Economics and Strategic Planning Analyst, Essar Oil


Speaker André Paula Santos
Public Affairs Director, European Biodiesel Board


Andreas Schwingshackl Andreas Schwingshackl
Senior Vice President Supply & Optimization, OMV


Bryan Stonehouse Bryan Stonehouse
General Manager, Aviation Sustainability & Risk, Shell Aviation Limited

Bryan joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1996 after a short stint in the Aerospace Division at the UK Department of Trade & Industry where he was involved with the UN environmental program looking at new emissions standards for civil aviation and developing long-range market demand forecasts.

Prior to his current role in Shell Aviation, Bryan spent 18 years in Shell Trading including 7 years as senior jet trader in both Houston and Dubai. He has also worked in gasoline and crude oil trading in Singapore and London respectively. During his time as jet trader he worked closely with many of Shell’s airline customers and has been involved in most of our supply chain operations across the globe.

During his time in Shell Aviation, Bryan spearheaded setting-up Shell’s Low Carbon Products business for aviation including the first Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supply chain and the carbon offsets customer program. He manages the low carbon aviation strategy for Shell and represents the company at international trade associations and policy work groups such as the UK Jet Zero Council, International Civil Aviation Organisation, International Air Transport Association and the World Economic Forum Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative.

In addition to managing the aviation sustainability activities in Shell, Bryan was also instrumental in establishing the Shell Aviation price risk and pricing teams that sit under his portfolio of current activity. He is a proud alumnus of Brunel University, BSc Economics (1996) and Cranfield University, MSc Air Transport Management (2018).

Paul Bateson Paul Bateson
COO, Greenergy

Paul is the Chief Operating Officer at Greenergy, having joined the business in 2007.

With over 38 years’ experience in the downstream oil sector, including at Exxon, Conoco Phillips, and Louis Dreyfus Refining and Marketing, Paul manages Greenergy’s trading, renewables and international businesses.

Speaker Steven Le Moing
Head of Low Carbon Fuels Regulation, Airbus


Speaker Emmanuel Desplechin
Secretary General, ePure


Speaker Csaba Zsótér
Supply & Trading Director, MOL

Csaba Zsótér (Hungary) is the Supply and Trading Director in MOL Group, leading a team of 90 talented colleagues in four countries – responsible for managing MOL Group’s physical and derivative supply and trading activities in relation to crude oil, oil products, biofuels, natural gas and electric power, connecting MOL Group systems as well as external partners to low cost sources and high demand markets.

Csaba started his career in MOL Group in 2008 at Corporate Business Development M&A department, where he worked in various refining, petrochemical and retail acquisitions and other business development projects. From 2011, he worked as manager assistant in MOL Group Refining & Marketing, then Supply Chain Management organisations and in 2013 he was appointed as Head of Feedstock Supply and Sales. Between 2015 and 2017 he was leading Product & Renewables Supply&Trading department.

Csaba graduated at Corvinus University of Budapest as economist, where he acted as part-time seminar teacher for years.

Speaker Jonathon Counsell
Group Head of Sustainability, IAG



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This is 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 packages available: Irina Bondareva [email protected]

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For more information on the full range of opportunities available and what S&P Global Platts can do for your business, please contact: Irina Bondareva [email protected]


Early-bird Rate*
Register by August 20, 2021
Standard Rate*
Register by September 20, 2021

* Rates are in USD and are not inclusive of local taxes or VAT.

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How do I register?

We offer three easy ways to register: online, by phone, and by email.

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Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44 (0)20 7176 6111

What forms of payment do you accept?

For this online event we only accept payment by credit card.

I am no longer able attend. May I send someone else in my place?

If you’re not able to attend, we’re happy to transfer your registration to a member of your organization at no cost, up to 2 business days in advance of the event. Requests must be received in writing via email to , and are subject to approval. For assistance, you may also reach out by phone:

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Cancellation is not available for this event. Once payment has been made, we are not able to offer a refund. If you're not able to attend or send a colleague in your place, you will still receive access to the on-demand replay of the event and all the materials (included with your registration).

To transfer your registration to a member of your organization at no cost, send your request by email to up to 2 business days in advance of the event. Requests are subject to approval. For assistance, you may also reach out by phone:

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Yes, we offer a variety of standard and tailor-made sponsorship opportunities to fit your marketing and business-to-business needs—and your budget. Please reach out directly to the Business Development Manager for this event:

Irina Bondareva
Phone: +44 20 7176 0253
Email: [email protected]

Are press passes available?

Yes, we allow accredited media writing on behalf of major industry publications to cover the event at no charge. Please reach out to the contact below for press pass approval.

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