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Low ILUC Biofuels

Session Description

Delivering biofuels from feedstocks that can avoid causing indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions has been identified as a priority in EU biofuel policy to 2030. One way to achieve this is through the development of systems of low ILUC-risk certification, setting rules to allow certification of projects that can deliver additional biomass without impacting existing markets. Low ILUC-risk production approaches include restoring low quality land, improving crop productivity, and implementing novel agricultural approaches like intercropping. In this panel, informed by work on the 'BIKE' Horizon 2020 project, we will discuss the rules that are being developed to certify these projects, and the prospect for low ILUC-risk projects to contribute in a significant way to the EU feedstock mix.

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Chris MALINS

Cerulogy, UNITED KINGDOM

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Peter HAWIGHORST

ISCC System, GERMANY

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Gemma TOOP

Guidehouse, Associate Director Bio-energy, UNITED KINGDOM

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Chelsea BALDINO

The International Council on Clean Transportation, Fuels, GERMANY

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Oona KOSKI

UPM, FINLAND

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Paolo CORVO

Paolo Corvo, Biofuels Partners srl, ITALY

European climate and energy legislation: Tower of Babel or a strategic approach? The view of the industry

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The European Green Deal, proposed in December 2019 and approved in 2020, and supported by the European Climate Pact, is plan to be applied in several areas: Clean energy, Sustainable industry, Building and renovation, Farm to Fork, Eliminating pollution, Sustainable mobility, Biodiversity, Sustainable finance. That’s the reason why the « Fit for 55 » package contains a lot measures shared between Emission Trading Systems between state members or companies, Effort Sharing i.e. emissions reduction and Land Uses i.e. carbon sinks and storage. This is expressed in several directives and regulations, such as ReFuelEU Aviation, FuelEU Maritime Regulation, Methane regulation, Renewable energy directive (RED III for the moment). The green deal’s construction is complicated. In comparison, the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), enacted in 2022 seems simpler and more straightforward to implement. As a result, industry may have the impression that "Europe introduce constraints, US introduce incentives." How can we clarify this?

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Guillaume BOISSONNET

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, DES/I-Tésé, FRANCE

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Daniel REINEMANN

Bioenergy Europe, BELGIUM

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Patrik KLINTBOM

RISE, SWEDEN

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René VENENDAAL

BTG Biomass Technology Group, THE NETHERLANDS

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Angel ALVAREZ ALBERDI

EWABA, BELGIUM

Beyond Annex IX

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Advanced biofuels have emerged as a pivotal solution not only to decarb the transportation sector, but also for replacing fossil fuels across a range of other industries, including road transport, aviation, maritime, heating and electricity generation. From a what and see mode of the mandated parties to a direct investmen appetite, the big question is where and which feedstock can be used to fulfil the big and always bigger demands. In this session we will address the appetite for the Annex IXA&B feedstock which is in use and estimated but will focus as well on what is required to reach the envisaged bigger volumes and which other feedstocks or policies should be in place to reach the latter objective.

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Paolo CORVO

Paolo Corvo, Biofuels Partners srl, ITALY

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Sébastien HAYE

E4Tech / ERM, UNITED KINGDOM

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Marko JANHUNEN

UPM - The Biofore Company, Director Public Affairs, Advanced Biofuels Coalition, FINLAND

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Alastair FRASER

Adamant BioNRG, ITALY

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Andrea MARTELLI

ENI, Global Head of Biofeedstocks/Biofuels Trading, Supply & Sustainability, ITALY

Profiling the carbon footprint of biomass systems and fibers

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Ronalds GONZALEZ

North Carolina State University, Department of Forest Biomaterials, USA

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Ronalds GONZALEZ

North Carolina State University, Department of Forest Biomaterials, USA

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Naycari FORFORA

North Carolina State University, Forest Biomaterials Dpt., USA

Exploiting lignocellulosic biomasses to develop innovative and more sustainable high-added value biobased products and materials

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Novel biobased products from ligno-cellulosic biomasses

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Simone MACCAFERRI

Circular Biobased Europe Joint Undertaking, BELGIUM

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Fit for 2030? Challenges and Opportunities under a renewed EU regulatory framework in securing the needed investments to boost advanced biofuels - views from the industry

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Advanced Biofuels have emerged as one key solution to not only reducing transport emissions, but also replacing fossil fuels in many other sectors, from road transport, aviation, maritime or heating sectors. Significant investments have been made in advanced biofuels and several billions are currently being considered for new biorefineries. This session, organized by the Advanced Biofuels Coalition, will address the question about whether the recently revised EU regulatory framework provides sufficient visibility, incentives and signals for future investments and the needed growth of the industry.

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Paolo CORVO

Paolo Corvo, Biofuels Partners srl, ITALY

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Erich CUAZ

Clariant, SWITZERLAND

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Heleen KOOPAL

GIDARA-Energy, THE NETHERLANDS

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Sophia HAYWOOD

Dimeta, Advocacy & Communications, THE NETHERLANDS

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René VENENDAAL

BTG Biomass Technology Group, THE NETHERLANDS

Renewable gases and derivatives in a circular bioeconomy

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Matthías ÓLAFSSON

Methanol Institute, BELGIUM

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Bioproducts for Aviation, Shipping and Chemical Industry

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Significant progress has been achieved in using biofuels in road transport, however, the use of biofuels in aviation and shipping only recently started to attract the attention of the stakeholders and although some breakthroughs and advancements have been reported wider deployment in these two transport areas is still in the development stage. The session will report on the latest developments in using biofuels in aviation and shipping.

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Maria GEORGIADOU

European Commission, DG RTD, Directorate General for Research, BELGIUM

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Doris MATSCHEGG

BEST - Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies, AUSTRIA

Session reference: IBO.5.1

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Production and Challenges for Market Uptake
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Ralph-Uwe DIETRICH

German Aerospace Center, Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, GERMANY

Session reference: IBO.5.2

Biofuel Production Routes Assessment for Market Introduction, Integration into Energy Systems and Policy Briefing
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Katerine RODRIGUEZ

Steeper Energy, CANADA

Session reference: IBO.5.3

Pathway for Direct Utilization of HTL Oil as Marine Fuel
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Ludovic RAYNAL

IFP Energies nouvelles, Process Design Department, FRANCE

Session reference: IBO.5.4

Up-scaling and Demonstration of the BioButterfly Process

Thermochemical conversion of biomass: Status and R&D needs

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David CHIARAMONTI

Politecnico di Torino, DENERG Dpt., ITALY

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Jack SADDLER

Senior Chair, University of British Columbia, Wood Science Dpt., CANADA

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Yukihiko MATSUMURA

Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, JAPAN

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Pedro ORTIZ-TORAL

GTI Energy, Carbon Management and Conversion, USA

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Bert VAN DE BELD

BTG Biomass Technology Group, THE NETHERLANDS

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Ilkka HILTUNEN

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, FINLAND

Biofuels in Africa

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This session is focusing on the re-emergence of Biofuels in Africa as an opportunity for equitable development. It is against the backdrop of various challenges experienced during the earlier waves of attempts at biofuel production in Africa. Having about 60% of the world's uncultivated arable land, the share of Africa in global food production and sustainable biofuels is relatively low. By adding value to the agricultural and forestry residues, Africa has enormous potential to improve standards of living, agricultural production and also raise her industrialisation level via the vehicle of sustainable biofuels production.

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Matthew Oluwaseun OGUNTADE

Greencrystal Engineering, GERMANY

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Rocio DIAZ-CHAVEZ

Imperial College London, Centre for Environmental Policy, UNITED KINGDOM

Session reference: ICO.2.3

Biofuels Production in Africa. A Renewal of the Sector?
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Gordon AYRES

Southern African biogas industry association, SOUTH AFRICA

Session reference: ICO.2.4

One Step Forward One Step Back, Opportunities and Challenges in the Biogas Space in Southern Africa

Setting up the scene for the biomethane market in Europe

Session Description

In response to the difficulties and disruptions of the global energy market, the European Commission recently presented the REPowerEU plan which, among other things, aims to support the objective of increasing the annual production and use of biomethane to 35 billion cubic meters by 2030. Thanks to this European plan, it will be possible to reduce the dependence on natural gas in a cost-effective way. At the same time, it will be possible to contribute to the creation of an integrated energy system with net zero emissions, the diversification of farmers' incomes and a circular approach. Given the importance of this challenge, important players in the biomethane sector have been involved in the Industry Track of EUBCE who will bring their experience and their commitment aimed at achieving the objective REPowerEU plan.

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Lorenzo MAGGIONI

Lorenzo Maggioni, ITALY

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Myrsini CHRISTOU

Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, Biomass Dpt., GREECE

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Giulia CANCIAN

EBA, BELGIUM

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Manfred GIUS

Biogas Wipptal, ITALY

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Luisa BREGA

Prodeval Sas, FRANCE

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Andrea QUALIANO

Edison spa, Green Gas Origination & Gas Supply Portfolio Decarbonization, ITALY

Biomass in Africa

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European targets in Fit-for-55 and related policies, as well as policies from practically all the OECD countries and IEA, place a strong emphasis on sustainable biomass resources to meet their increasing higher demand for energy, chemicals and materials. Several studies indicate that there are sufficient resources to meet for the near-term targets, however beyond 2030 it is recognized by all that efficient supply chains for biomass residual streams and new sustainable crops need to be developed. The countries of the African continent present abundant biomass resources that can create local employment benefiting the local communities as well as facilitate the regional energy production, industrialization and development. The presentations in this session will address the above topics and showcase an emerging interest in increasing the availability of sustainable biomass resources in Africa.

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Myrsini CHRISTOU

Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, Biomass Dpt., GREECE

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Wolter ELBERSEN

Wageningen Research, Food and Biobased Products Dpt., THE NETHERLANDS

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Francis KEMAUSUOR

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Department of Agricultural Engineering, GHANA

Session reference: ICO.4.2

Harnessing Africa’s Biomass Resources for Commercial Production and Market for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) - Prospects and Challenge (2)
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Hassan EL BARI

Ibn Tofail University, Physics Dpt., MOROCCO

Session reference: ICO.4.3

Toward Biomass Energy Development in Africa: Opportunities and Obstacles
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Jacob SONIBARE

Obafemi Awolowo University, Chemical Engineering Dpt., NIGERIA

Session reference: ICO.4.4

Biomass Supply and Spatial Distribution in Nigeria for Significant Energy Intervention
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Tonderayi MATAMBO

University of South Africa - Science Campus, Department of Environmental Science, SOUTH AFRICA

Session reference: ICO.4.5

Accessing Agricultural and Agro-processing Organic Waste Streams as Biogas Feedstock in South Africa

SAF development in Africa - The case of Ethiopia

Session Description

One of the main pathways towards a low-carbon economy in Europe and worldwide is the utilization of sustainable biomass feedstock to produce biofuels. Advanced biofuels, contributing to the mitigation of CO2 emissions in transport, will pave the way towards a low carbon economy by 2030 and later. Brassica carinata (or Ethiopian Mustard), an oil crop from Ethiopia, but also other crops, constitute promising potential biomass feedstocks to produce biofuels, especially Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), being able, therefore, to contribute to the decarbonization of aviation, one of the most difficult sectors. The industrial part of this SAF value chain requires the involvement of potential investors who have to optimize transportation of produced/elaborated feedstock and streaming them in biorefineries. Given that the required feedstock for SAF production in Europe is not adequate to cover the targets of fit-for-55 and REPowerEU policies, a discussion takes place whether Africa and especially countries with long tradition in cultivating necessary crops could be part of the solution.

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Theodor GOUMAS

EXERGIA, Energy & Environment Dpt., GREECE

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Yitatek YITBAREK

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Regional Manager for Africa, ETHIOPIA

Session reference: ICO.5.1

SAF Development in Africa, the Ethiopian Roadmap
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George VOURLIOTAKIS

Exergia, Energy Policy and Planning, GREECE

Session reference: ICO.5.2

Sustainable Option of Brassica Carinata production in Ethiopia
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David CHIARAMONTI

Politecnico di Torino, DENERG Dpt., ITALY

Session reference: ICO.5.3

The Forthcoming SAF Market in the EU: Potential Collaborations with Africa
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Oskar MEIJERINK

SkyNRG, Future Fuels, THE NETHERLANDS

Session reference: ICO.5.4

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Abubeker YIMAM

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, ETHIOPIA

Session reference: ICO.5.5

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Matthew Oluwaseun OGUNTADE

Greencrystal Engineering, GERMANY

Session reference: ICO.5.6

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The development of the bio-economy and the establishment of a stable and reliable supply chain for fuels, materials and chemical in China

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The bioeconomy has become a new engine for the development of human society. It is expected to account for 1/3 of global manufacturing output by 2030, worth 30 trillion US dollars. China is one of the countries with the richest bioresources in the world. The Chinese government decided to accelerate the development of the bioeconomy, and the National Development and Reform Commission issued the "14th Five-Year Plan for the Development of Bioeconomy" in May 2022.Relying on technological innovation, China has made breakthroughs in biochemical approach and thermochemical approach, two kinds of biomass conversion technology. Biodegradable plastics, bio nylons, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), straw biorefinery and other key areas of the bioeconomy have been commercialized. Advanced biofuels, such as sweet sorghum ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, are at pre-commercialization stage. The world’s largest polylactic acid production facility is under construction in Bengbu, Anhui province. A biorefinery which processes one million tons of straw annually has operated smoothly in Daqing, Heilongjiang province. SAF produced in Suzhou has successfully entered international market. A cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in Hebei province will be in operation in late June this year. The China session is a window to showcase the development of bioeconomy in China. From biofuels to bio-based materials, all have entered commercialization stage. These proved technical innovations will benefit China-EU collaboration on economy transition, carbon neutral, etc., and the achievement of s the UN 17 sustainable development goals by 2030.

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Shizhong LI

Tsinghua University, Division of Biofuels & Biochemicals, P.R. CHINA

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Bin XU

BBCA, P.R. CHINA

Session reference: IDO.1.1

High-value Utilization of Crop Straw
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Haofu LUO

Guangxi Shenzhou Environmental Protection Industry Holding Group Co. LTD, P.R. CHINA

Session reference: IDO.1.2

The First BioGAS Demonstraion Project in China: Recycling Complex of Urban and Rural Bio-waste in Hainan, PRC
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Huan WANG

EcoCeres, Agricultural Utilization, HONG KONG

Session reference: IDO.1.3

A Possible Way for Agriculture Waste Utilisation Economical
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Chengzhen JIANG

Jinan Shengquan Group Share-Holding, P.R. CHINA

Session reference: IDO.1.4

Biorefinery: From Vision to Reality

Indian Bioeconomy initiatives - Supply chain challenges - opportunities for mainstreaming sustainable fuel, chemical and material and Indo-EU cooperation

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National Policy on Biofuels-2018 has set out very ambitious targets on blending of Ethanol, Diesel with BioEthanol and BioDiesel and replacement of fossil gaseous fuels with BioMethane (Compressed Biogas) India has achieved 10% blending of Ethanol in Gasoline in 2022 5 months ahead of the target and well on target to achieve 20% blending by 2025. The CBG program is also taking off with 47 Commercial plants commissioned under SATAT and another 80 to be commissioned before the end of the year. India has also come up with an aggressive SAF program and a couple of commercial projects have been announced. The Indian government has been highly proactive and closely interacting with the Industry to identify the challenges and timely intervention to address them with policy tweaking. Government is also looking at broad basing the National Policy on biofuels to encompass Bio materials and Bio chemicals. The panelists in the session are expected to throw more light on the exciting developments and renewed targets.

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Ramakrishna YAGATI

Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Working group on Biofuels, INDIA

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Preeti JAIN

LanzaTech, INDIA

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Anjan RAY

Former Director CSIR - Indian Institute of Petroleum, Analytical Sciences Dpt., INDIA

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Shishir JOSHIPURA

Praj Industries Limited, INDIA

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Ashish KUMAR

Verbio, INDIA

Thermochemical Biomass Conversion for Energy Applications

Session Description

Thermochemical conversion processes such as gasification, fast pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction are versatile process that can convert biomass to a variety of energy and chemical vectors. The session aims to present the latest development of thermochemical conversion in view of deployment these technologies in the market.

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Maria GEORGIADOU

European Commission, DG RTD, Directorate General for Research, BELGIUM

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Kyriakos MANIATIS

Former European Commission, DG Energy, EUBCE Industry Coordinator, BELGIUM

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Invited

Session reference: IDO.3.1

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Loukia CHRYSIKOU

CERTH Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute, GREECE

Session reference: IDO.3.3

Industrially Relevant Scale Validation of Biomass Conversion Via Ablative Fast Pyrolysis and Hydroprocessing Towards Refinery Integration
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Enrico PITTIS

Dürr Systems AG, Sales, GERMANY

Session reference: IDO.3.4

Heat and Power through PolyHELD® Wood Gasificaton and Cyplan® ORC Technology