CHAIR / Policy Implementation

Gloria Gaupmann

Head of Public Affairs, Technology & Innovation, 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.

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.

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.

Dáša Mamrillová

EU affairs manager, ENVIEN Group

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.

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.


Timo Huhtisaari

NEOT North European Oil Trade

North European Oil Trade (NEOT) is a significant fuel procurement company in the Baltic Sea region with a revenue of EUR 5.5 billion. Annually NEOT provides around 7 billion litres of competitive and sustainable fuel solutions for its owners St1 and SOK in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Together with our owner St1 we are developing renewable diesel production into St1 Gothenburg refinery focusing on various feedstocks. Additionally, together we have developed advanced renewable ethanol production capacity from forest industry residues in Finland.

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.

Ylwa Alwarsdotter

Executive Vice President Business Development

SEKAB is a producer of bio-based Chemicals and Biofuels in Sweden. ED95 and advanced forest bioethanol are key biofuels. We contribute with CELLUAPP® technology, transforming forest- and agricultural waste into biobased sugars, biogas and lignin, in many value chain projects in the EU.

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.

Jacco Kroeze

TechnipFMC is a global engineering and construction company in subsea, onshore, offshore and surface technologies contributing to the energy transition. TechnipFMC supports companies to grow and implement their sustainable technology which contributes to an improved global environment. Together with BTG-BTL we offer full service implementation of their Fast Pyrolysis technology and recently have been awarded two turn-key EPC projects in Finland and Sweden. With TechnipFMC’s complementary FCC technology knowledge we can offer a complete Biomass-to-Fuel value chain to our clients.

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.