CHAIR / Policy Implementation

Sophia Haywood


Dimeta is a joint venture between SHV Energy and UGI International to advance the production and use of Renewable and Recycled Carbon DME, a low-carbon sustainable liquid gas, to accelerate the LPG Industry’s transition to Net Zero. By working with partners, Dimeta is developing Renewable & Recycled Carbon DME production plants, targeting a total production capacity of 300kt per year by 2027. The UK was announced as the first plant location in 2022, with subsequent plants already in development in Europe and the USA.


Marko Janhunen

Director, Public Affairs, UPM


UPM’s Lappeenranta Biorefinery is the world’s first producer of wood-based renewable diesel and renewable naphtha for the transport and petrochemical sectors with a capacity of 130,000 tonnes. UPM BioVerno reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 80%. UPM has announced its intention to grow in advanced biofuels and is studying an investment option for another biorefinery with a 500,000-tonne capacity.

Robert Vierhout


Enerkem makes biofuels and renewable chemicals from urban waste. With its proprietary technology, Enerkem converts non-compostable and non-recyclable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other chemicals. The company offers a smart alternative to landfilling and incineration and helps develop a circular economy where waste becomes a resource to make sustainable products. In Europe, the company is partnering with world-leading companies comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), the Port of Rotterdam and Shell for the construction of a waste-to-chemicals and biofuels plant to be located in the Port of Rotterdam.


René Venendaal


BTG is private consultancy, project development and research & technology development company specialized in bioenergy, advanced biofuels and biobased materials. BTG is a SME and based in the Netherlands. Through its’ spin-off company BTG-BTL ( the flash pyrolysis technology is rolled-out. Pyrolysis oil production plants have been sold in The Netherlands, Finland and Sweden. BTG-BTL is, in partnership with TechnipFMC, focusing at co-processing of crude pyrolysis oil in existing refineries, while new BTG-companies will focus at the development of new stand-alone biorefineries producing advanced biofuels based on pyrolysis oil.

Erich Cuaz

Head of Government Affairs & Advocacy, Clariant

Clariant is a focused and innovative specialty chemical company. “Focus on innovation and R&D” as well as “Adding value with Sustainability” are two pillars of the company’s corporate strategy, which are reflected in Clariant’s offering of integrated technologies and solutions for converting agricultural residues such as wheat straw, rice straw, corn stover and sugar cane bagasse. Its sunliquid® technology offers such a fully integrated process design, built on established process technology using enzymatic hydrolysis, to sustainably produce cellulosic sugars & ethanol from agricultural residues.


ENVIRAL Slovakia, the first bioethanol producer in Slovakia is part of ENVIEN group – the leading CEE biofuels holding with 9 companies in 4 countries producing both conventional biodiesel and bioethanol. Since 2007 ENVIRAL operates production plant in Leopoldov Slovakia with current annual production capacity of 145.000 m3 of bioethanol. ENVIRAL is actively looking at the development of advanced biofuels production.

Heleen Koopal

GIDARA Energy is focused on converting non-recyclable waste into advanced biofuels and circular chemicals using patented technologies. GIDARA Energy’s High-Temperature Winkler (HTW® 2.0) technology can be utilized to produce valuable products and advanced biofuels (Renewable Methanol and Sustainable Aviation Fuel) for use in the road transport, marine, and aviation sectors, helping these sectors to reduce their use of fossil resources, reduce carbon emissions and become more sustainable.

GIDARA Energy’s flagship biofuels facilities Advanced Methanol Amsterdam (AMA) and Advanced Methanol Rotterdam (AMR) will produce approximately 180,000 tons of renewable methanol yearly by converting 360,000 tons of local non-recyclable waste that is currently being incinerated. GIDARA Energy’s objective is to meet the demand for cleaner fuels, reduce global carbon emissions, reduce waste, and create a more circular economy.


Bernard Chaud

Head of Industrial Strategy, Global Bioenergies

Global Bioenergies is the only company in the world to have developed a conversion process for renewable resources (residual sugars, agricultural and forestry waste) into isobutene, one of the petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into ingredients for cosmetics, petrol, kerosene, LPG and plastics. Global Bioenergies continues to improve the performance of its process, conducts trials on its demo plant in Germany and is preparing the first full-sized plant in a Joint‐Venture with Cristal Union. Global Bioenergies is listed on Euronext Growth in Paris.


Jos Tholhuijsen

GoodFuels is a pioneer, global market maker and market leader in truly sustainable biofuels.
Our goal is to create a better world by accelerating the energy transition in these transport segments for which biofuels are one of the best or only viable alternatives in the foreseeable future.
Together with you we create and implement sustainable solutions for land and sea.  As a transition partner, we will accompany you in setting your sustainability goals and help you move towards a better world.

Mr. Mallikarjun Navalgund

President, Advanced Biofuels & Chemicals

Praj, India’s most accomplished industrial biotech company, is driven by innovation, integration and delivery capabilities. Over the past four decades, Praj has focused on the environment, energy, and agri‐process industry, with 1000+ customer references spanning 100+ countries across all five continents. Bio‐MobilityTM and Bio‐PrismTM are the mainstays of Praj’s contribution to the global Bioeconomy. The Bio‐Mobility platform offers technology solutions globally to produce the renewable transportation fuel, thus ensuring sustainable decarbonization through a circular bio-economy. The company’s Bio‐PrismTM portfolio comprises technologies for the production of renewable chemicals and materials, promises sustainability while reimagining nature. Praj Matrix, the state‐of‐the‐art R&D facility, forms the backbone for the company’s endeavors towards a clean energy‐based Bioeconomy.

Praj’s diverse portfolio comprises Bio‐energy solutions, Critical process equipment & skids, Breweries, Zero liquid discharge systems and High purity water systems. Led by an accomplished and caring leadership, Praj is a socially responsible corporate citizen. Praj is listed on the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges of India.

Per-Arne Karlsson

Director Public Affairs and Renewable Energy ST1

St1 is a Nordic energy Group whose vision is to be the leading producer and seller of CO2-aware energy. St1 focuses on fuels marketing, oil refining, advanced biofuels, industrial wind power and geothermal heat. St1 also operates waste to bioethanol plants in the Nordics. Based on St1’s proprietary technology, a first of a kind Cellunolix® unit that produces advanced ethanol from saw dust, is in operation in Kajaani, Finland. Company’s turnover in 2018 came to 6,9 billion euros.

Magnus Nyfjäl

CEO, Colabit

Colabit is a Swedish based fuel company offering a fast-track solution to transport sector’s need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions .Since 2013 Colabit has successfully developed renewable liquid fuels that are directly compatible with existing vehicles and infrastructure. At present Colabit focus on design and technology collaborations pending approval of the Environmental Permit. Colabit also includes a well-developed sales network and logistics in Sweden organized in Colabit Sales Group.

Alex Menotti


LanzaJet is a leading sustainable fuels technology company dedicated to accelerating the energy transition. As a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technology provider and producer with our patented LanzaJet® Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology, LanzaJet is creating an opportunity for future generations by accelerating the deployment of SAF and other clean technologies critical to addressing the climate crisis and transforming the global economy.