Advanced Biofuels Conference

Advanced Biofuels Conference

– New technologies, new production plants – biofuels are ready for take-off!



During 18–20 September, 2018, the Swedish Bioenergy Association (SVEBIO) is organising its 4th Advanced Biofuels Conference, in Gothenburg. The conference starts with study visits and is followed by two conference days that cover the aviation, maritime and land transport sectors.

There is plenty to see, hear and discuss. The Nordics are a hotbed of activity when it comes to advancing and implementing biofuels. Sweden and Finland reached already in 2015 more than two times the target of European Union (EU) 2020 renewable energy in transportation. HVO is a leading advanced biofuel in terms of commercial production capacity with Nordic companies behind the lion’s share of global production. Along with HVO100, Swedish motorists and fleet operators have already today a selection of compressed biogas, E85, ED95, B100, as well as conventional fuels with high blends of bio-components at filling stations.

Welcome to contact: Tomas Ekbom,, +46-8-441 70 83, for enquiries.


Pre-conference study visits, Tuesday 18 September

  • St1 refinery

Our first stop will be St1 refinery in Gothenburg. St1 is a pioneer in advanced biofuel production of ethanol from different waste materials with several plants built in Finland and Sweden. Etanolix® plants producing ethanol from food industry waste and Cellunolix® plant pro­ducing cellulosic ethanol from sawdust. Earlier this spring, St1 and the forest company SCA included a partnership for a large-scale production of renewable fuel from tall oil. Production is scheduled to take place at St1’s refinery in Gothenburg with a planned start-up in 2021.

  • Södra Cell Värö biorefinery

The second stop will be Södra Cell Värö biorefinery, which is the biggest sawmill and the most modern pulp mill in Sweden. Södra has a broad portfolio of biofuel projects and investments, from biomethanol plant under construction to demonstration of large-scale biofuels production with Statkraft in Norway and commercial operation at SunPine with tall diesel production and new investment in a second plant.

The pre-conference study visits are free and for conference delegates only. Limited number of seats and subjected to change, registration is required.

Join our study tour to St1 refinery and Södra Cell Värö biorefinery.

Join our study tour to St1 refinery and Södra Cell Värö biorefinery.

Conference, Wednesday 19 September

09.00 Political Strategies & Visions

Chair person: Jakob Lagercrantz, 2030 Secretariat, Sweden

Opening address, Gustav Melin, CEO, SVEBIO, Sweden

Conference inauguration
Johan Trouvé, Managing Director, Västsvenska Handelskammaren, Sweden (invited)

Policy outlook for biofuels in the European Union until 2030
Bernd Kuepker, Policy officer in the Unit C1, European Commission, Belgium

The role of forests as resource for biofuels in a hotter climate
Jeffrey Skeer / Kjell Andersson, Senior Programme Officer, IRENA / Policy Director, SVEBIO, Belgium / Sweden

Goals and challenges for India and China with biofuels for a future
Sandeep Poundrik, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India (invited)

10.30 Coffee & tea

11.00 Political Strategies & Visions, part 2

CO2 Reduction Obligation – a way to combine advanced biofuels and global afforestation
Hilde Wahl, Managing Director, St1 Sverige, Sweden

Future for biofuels in passenger cars
Hermann Pengg-Buehrlen, Head of Project Management e-fuels, Audi (invited)

How biogas will be important in EU transport to 2030
Martina Conton, EU Policy Manager, NVGA, Belgium (invited)

General panel discussion

12.20 Lunch

13.30 Partnerships and Challenges

Preem renewable production – priorities and plans for an exciting future
Petter Holland, CEO, Preem, Sweden

Development of European ethanol or will RED II kill the industry?
Markus Rarbach, Head of Business Project Biofuels & Derivatives, Clariant, France (invited)

World-wide status of methanol and DME as clean biofuels
Eelco Dekker, Chief Representative Europe, Methanol Institute, The Netherlands

Beyond fossils – exploring the limitless opportunities of bioeconomy
Marko Janhunen, Director, Public Affairs, UPM, Finland

15.00 Coffee & tea

15.30 Policy and Industry Perspectives

Shifting gear, adding production with one million tonnes of biofuels
Carl Nyberg, Vice President, Neste, Finland

Wastes as valuable resource making high-grade ethanol and methanol
Alex Miles, Director, Commercial Development (Europe), Enerkem, Canada

The future of biodiesel as clean, efficient biofuel
Antti Nummi, Sales Manager, REG, The Netherlands

General Panel discussion

19.00  Conference Gala Dinner, Hotel Elite Park Avenue

Conference, Thursday 20 September

09.00 Fossil free land transport sector

Chair person: Jakob Lagercrantz, 2030 Secretariat, Sweden

Innovative technology to convert plastic wastes and biomass to HVO
Kjetil Böhn, CEO, QuantaFuels, Norway

Commercial demonstration of integrated hydropyrolysis of biomass
Alan Del Paggio, Vice President, Upstream & Renewables, CRI / Shell Global Solutions, The Netherlands

Norwegian approach to biofuels, not everything is electric
Geir Baalsrud Ingeborgrud, Managing Director, Eco-1, Norway

10.30 Coffee & tea

11.00 Biofuels in aviation and maritime transport

Innovative ways of biojet and ethanol production
Jennifer Holmgren / Freya Burton, CEO / Sustainability Director, LanzaTech, Canada

Strategy of KLM as world leading aviator in biojet
Inka Pieter, Director, KLM – Air France, The Netherlands (invited)

Take-off with biojet for SAS – strategy for 2020 and beyond
Lars Andersen Resare, Sustainability Director, SAS, Sweden (invited)

How to mimize the environmental impact of marine shipping
Per Stefensson, Marine standards Advisor, Stena Line, Sweden

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Policy and Industry Perspectives

Update on development of Nordic biofuels plants
Tomas Ekbom, Program Director, SVEBIO, Sweden

Taking sugar to iso-butene and biojet changing the industry
Philippe Marliére, Co-founder and Board Director, Global Bioenergies, France

Industry development of sugarcane ethanol in South America
Elizabeth Farina, President and CEO, UNICA, Brazil (invited)

Closing remarks, Gustav Melin, CEO, SVEBIO, Svebio

Conference fees and registration

Two days, 19-20 September

  • 6 700 SEK (excl. VAT), for members of Svebio, Bioenergy Europe and WBA
  • 8 500 SEK (excl. VAT), for non-members
  • 4 250 SEK (excl. VAT), for students
  • Speakers and press, free of charge

I day, 19 OR 20 September

  • 3 900 SEK (excl. VAT), for members of Svebio, Bioenergy Europe and WBA
  • 5 500 SEK (excl. VAT), for non-members
  • 2 750 SEK (excl. VAT), for students
  • Speakers and press, free of charge

Conference gala dinner, 19 September

  • 300 SEK (excl. VAT), for conference delegates, students and press
  • Free of charge for speakers

Study visit, 18 September

The pre-conference study visits are free of charge and open for conference delegates only. Limited places and subjected to change due to availability, registration is required.

Register here

Reserve your accommodation!

There is a limited number of rooms reserved for conference delegates at a discounted rate. Last day for discount is 21 August. Please contact the hotel for your reservation and use the code: SVE180918 for the best available price.

Elite Park Avenue,
Kungsportsavenyn 36-38, Gothenburg, Sweden or phone +46 31 727 1000

Silver sponsors:

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Media partners:

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Sponsorship opportunities and mini-expo stands

It is expected that Advanced Biofuels Conference will be attended by delegates from all over the world. By becoming a sponsor you will address the following target groups: Biofuels suppliers, Technology suppliers, Transport companies, Energy companies, Agriculture industry, Oil and petrochemical companies, Equipment and engine manufacturers, Project developers, Forest and pulp & paper industry, National policy and decision makers, Consulting companies and trade associations, Financing institutions etc.

For information about sponsorship and mini-expo stands (roll-up banner and table), please contact: Dorota Natucka-Persson, Bioenergy International / Svebio,, phone +46 704019140

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