80 Years of Biodiesel: Half-day conference on perspectives for biofuels in Europe
Half-day conference on perspectives for biofuels in Europe.
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
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
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
14:00-15:00 Panel debate Renewable transport in the EU: What perspective for biofuels?
ALAIN BRINON, 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
MODERATOR SONJA VAN RENSSEN, Energy Post