This one-day business forum will discuss and debate the most pressing issues relevant to the biofuel industry. We will assess what smart policies and rigorous sustainability approaches will be essential for bioenergy to meet its full potential. 

Throughout the day, we will take a focused look at revised impact calculations, the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive II and what these mean for business and the future of biofuels in the EU.

Held strictly under the Chatham House rule, the focus of the forum will be around honest and open discussions with NO PowerPoints or one-way presentations. We’ll look at how business can work together to manage risk, navigate uncertainty and meet climate and sustainability targets.

The speakers

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Carl De Maré


VP, Head of Technology Strategy

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Anita Neville

Golden Agri-Resources

SVP Group Corporate Communications

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Sveta Ukkonen


Head of Marine Fuels & Services

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Ylwa Alwarsdotter


Excecutive Vice President Business Development

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Emmanuel Desplechin

ePure - European Renewable Ethanol Association

Secretary General

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Angel Alvarez Alberdi


Secretary General

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Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld

IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, Inter IKEA

Global Sustainability Manager

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Géraldine Kutas


Head of International Affairs

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Agenda highlights

  • State of play: Will sustainability concerns deadlock the commercial future of biofuels? 
  • Sustainability of biofuels and managing risk: Can feedstocks be scalable and sustainable? 
  • Supply is one thing, but what about demand? Will politics, consumer sentiment and campaigning hold back sustainable biofuels use by 2030? 
  • Developments in policy and regulation: The implications for business 
  • Transport decarbonisation: Are we on track with sustainable transport targets?
  • Innovations in technology: Disruptive technologies transforming the industry
  • Industry spotlight: Biofuels in aviation
  • The investor perspective: How (far) is sustainability considered in investment decisions? 
  • Supply is one thing, but what about demand? Will campaign groups and consumer perception make biofuels difficult to accept? 
  • Where do we go from here? How do we reach carbon neutrality by 2050? 
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Why attend?

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Discover best practices from industry leaders and get in-depth guidance on how to effectively implement policies

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Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors

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Benchmark company performance amongst a room of your peers and discover where you should be focusing efforts

What’s different about this forum?

Innovation Forum is:
  • Candid: Entirely off-the-record discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience.
  • Practical: A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains.
  • Focused: We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion.
Innovation Forum is NOT:
  • A PR platform: Enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues.
  • A talking shop: This is NOT an opportunity for a group people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes.
  • All promise, no delivery: We will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues.

Who attends

Principles for Responsible Investment
Climate Advisers
Sime Darby
Climate Disclosure Standards Board
Shell Foundation
Suiker Unie
Global Agri-business Alliance
Anglo American
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
BNP Paribas
General Motors
European Commission
Olam Spices
The Carbon Trust

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Natasha Bodnar
Project Director
[email protected]

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Registration for the conference is currently open. To sign up, you can do so online here, or get in touch directly for details of group discounts. 


For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Haafizah Khodabocus
Business Development Manager
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3780 7438

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Important update: Innovation Forum's first half conferences go virtual

As a result of the significant public health concerns around COVID-19, we are excited to announce that this year’s first half conferences will be moving to an interactive virtual conference held on the same dates. 
Innovation Forum is committed to enabling debate, dialogue and collaboration in these critical areas. Without being able to meet in person, we are doing everything we can to ensure these conversations still take place and business momentum is kept up in these extremely challenging times.
We are currently designing a sophisticated virtual platform to ensure that the discussions and debates still take place in a dynamic, engaging and interactive way. We’re also placing an real emphasis on ensuring attendees great networking opportunities via the platform. Over the two day conferences, you will have access to rich and interactive plenary and breakout sessions with high-level speakers and moderators from around the world. Live chat functions will also allow you to connect with any attendee at the event. 
This interactive and virtual feature also gives us the opportunity to add new formats and live discussions that really dig into the specific real world challenges faced by companies. So this year’s conferences will still deliver the same in-depth, practical and honest dialogue around each of the key issues.
Please get in touch for more information on the virtual conference, or for details on how to join.
Warm regards, 
Oliver Bamford | Managing Director
Innovation Forum: events and insight for sustainability
+44 (0) 203 780 7431
[email protected]