80 Years of Biodiesel: Half-day conference on perspectives for biofuels in Europe

Half-day conference on perspectives for biofuels in Europe. 

Venue: Bayer_Vertretung_signet_inst_past_4cRepresentation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU,
Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels
Date: Thursday, 8 June 2017, 11:00 am

In 1937, Belgian chemist Georges Chavanne obtained a patent for the transesterificaiton of vegetable oil: It meant the invention of biodiesel: One year later a bus service from Brussels to Leuven was running on biodiesel. It was the beginning of a success story that was only to gain ground decades later. In today’s Europe, biodiesel is the most widespread renewable option in road transport. However, new legislative proposals aim at strictly reigning in classic biofuels. At the conference, we discussed the perspectives of biofuels against the backdrop of the challenges that have been overcome in the past and the ones that are coming up.


10:30 am Registration

11:00 am Welcome and Introduction
BARBARA SCHRETTER, Director of the Bavarian Representation to the EU
STEPHAN KLEINER, Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs
PHILIPP VOHRER, Managing Director, Renewable Energies Agency

11:20 Keynote
THIERRY RANDOUX, President of the Royal Belgian Society for Chemistry
and General Manager of Certech: Georges Chavanne: Belgium’s renowned chemist as inventor of Europe’s most widespread biofuel
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12:00 Renewables in transport: Political and technical challenges
ULLA KASK, World Trade Organisation (WTO): Trade policy rules within the framework of environmental and renewable energy goals
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DR JÜRGEN FISCHER, DIN Standards Committee for Materials Testing
Technical limits and technical potential for biodiesel
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(Presentation with further explanations)

13:00-14:00 lunch

14:00-15:00 Panel debate Renewable transport in the EU: What perspective for biofuels?
, President, European Biodiesel Board (EBB)
MERJA KYLLÖNEN, Member of the European Parliament
NORBERT LINS, Member of the European Parliament
HANS VAN STEEN, European Commission, DG Energy
LAURA BUFFET, Fuels Manager, Transport & Environment


15:00 Conclusion

The event was carried out in cooperation with the
Association of the German Biofuel Industry (VDB) and OVID Association of the Oilseed Crushing and Oil Refining Industry in Germany.

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