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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Opening sessions
  • 10.00 AM Chair's welcoming remarks
  • 10.10 AM Keynote address: The future of mobilityShell
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 conventional & advanced 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
Navigating the latest policy initiatives and incentives
  • 11:00 AMKeynote address: An update from the European Commission
  • 11:25 AMNetworking break
  • 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
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
      Elena Schmidt, Executive Director, 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
  • 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, General Manager, Aviation Sustainability & Risk, Shell Aviation Limited
  • 14:35 PMThe European biodiesel and renewable diesel markets • Price drivers and forecast
    • Will the revision to the FQD lead to a rise in biodiesel blends?
    • The rise of renewable diesel: competitive advantages, growth opportunities and challenges
    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
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?
    Alice Robinson, Long-Term Economics and Strategic Planning Analyst, Essar Oil
    Paul Bateson, COO, Greenergy
    Dr Ausilio Bauen, Director, E4tech
  • 16:35 PMEnd of conference & networking time

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Speaker Caroline Midgley
Director of Biofuels, LMC


Speaker Angel Alberdi
Secretary General, EWABA


Speaker Elena Schmidt
Executive Director, RSB


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.



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Position your business in expert company, distinct from your competitors. At the European Biofuels Virtual Conference sponsor has the opportunity to show-case their product or service to industry-wide professionals.

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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Position your company as an expert in the market by providing relevant information to clients and prospects. Many of our sponsorship packages include opportunities to present to an audience. Discover the key questions from your customers and show them specifically how you can help them with their businesses.

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S&P Global Platts events are the perfect place to generate qualified leads for your sales team. Many of the people who attend our events are looking for answers and solutions. Why not be the company that responds in real-time and gains the business advantage.

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

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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]

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