Marko Janhunen

Director, Public Affairs, UPM

Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve customers worldwide. The group employs around 21,000 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
UPM – The Biofore Company –

UPM Biofuels UPM plans to become a major player in high quality, advanced biofuels for transport. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy. The innovative wood-based biofuels developed by the company and their production technologies are part of a sustainable future. UPM’s biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability. They will significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossils fuels.


Dario Giordano

Chief Technology Officer, BIOCHEMTEX

Biochemtex is a global leader in the development and engineering of technologies and bio-chemical processes based on the exclusive use of non-food biomass, as an alternative to oil. Thanks to a partnership with Beta Renewables – company owned as majority shareholder in Joint Venture with the American private equity firm, TPG and the Danish leader in bio-innovation, Novozymes – it realises technologies and plants to produce bio-ethanol and other chemical intermediates. After seven years of studies and a 150 million Euro of investment, Biochemtex developed the Proesa® process, an exclusive technology platform commercialised by Beta Renewables. Proesa® is used to produce bio-fuels and chemical intermediates and it has been demonstrated on an industrial scale at the Crescentino plant, that is the 1st demo plant in the world that produces 2nd generation bioethanol on industrial scale. Biochemtex is also developing a new technology called MOGHI to convert lignin into bio-diesel and other aromatics, largely used in the industrial field. The Company belongs to the Mossi Ghisolfi Group based in Tortona, Italy and runs two Research Centers in Rivalta Scrivia (AL) and Modugno (BA), when by 2014 it will become the MOGHI demo plant. In 2012 Biochemtex had an income of 200 million Euros, with 250 employees. The company plans to invest about 180 million Euros in R&D for the period 2013-2018.

Mika Aho

Director in Public Affairs and Communications, ST1 Nordic Oy

St1 is a Finnish energy group whose vision is to be the leading producer and seller of CO2-aware energy. The company researches and develops economically viable, environmentally sustainable energy solutions. St1’s energy services and products cover everything from wind power to advanced bioethanol produced from waste and residues. St1 operates bioethanol plants in Finland and Sweden, has an oil refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as more than 1400 St1 and Shell branded retail stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway. St1 has an ambition to build a significant advanced ethanol production capacity in Nordic and EU market over the coming years. St1’s joint venture in industrial wind power, TuuliWatti, has already 300 MW installed and will reach the capacity of 470 MW by the year 2017. Headquartered in Helsinki, the company employs currently almost 700 people in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

René Venendaal


BTG is an independent private company focused on energy, biofuels and materials from biomass. Over the last 29 years of existence the company has realized more than 25 spin-off companies and foundations active in this field. BTG has carried out more than 1800 projects on bioenergy in over more than 80 countries worldwide. Through its subsidiaries BTG BioLiquids (BTG-BTL) and Empyro, the company has commenced commercial production of crude pyrolysis oil ( in Hengelo, the Netherlands, since 2015. The pyrolysis oil, produced from clean wood residues, is used for replacing natural gas at the premises of diary multinational FrieslandCampina ( Other markets under development are the biofuel market (oil companies/existing refineries) and specific biobased material markets. Pyrolysis oil is a second generation biofuel, not competing with food production. Minerals in the biomass are separated at the place of conversion, so leaving minerals in the countries of origin. The pyrolysis technology is considered a very competitive technology for both the energy and biofuels markets.

Hariolf Kottmann


Clariant is an internationally active specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel. The group owns over 100 companies worldwide and employed 22 149 employees on December 31, 2011. In the financial year 2011, Clariant produced a turnover of CHF 7.4 billion. Clariant focuses on creating value by investing in future profitable and sustainable growth, which is based on four strategic pillars: Improving profitability, innovation as well as research and development, dynamic growth in emerging markets, and optimizing the portfolio through complementary acquisitions or divestments. The main focus of Clariant’s Biotech & Renewables Center is on bio-catalysis and bio-refining. The company develops energy-efficient processes for the manufacture of biomass-based chemicals and fuels. Clariant has developed a process which uses enzymatic hydrolysis followed by fermentation to produce second generation cellulosic bio-ethanol from wheat straw or other agricultural residues.

Niels Henriksen

Senior Manager Technology Strategy, IP & RA Bioenergy & Thermal Power, Ørsted

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for life on Earth. Today, the world mainly runs on fossil fuels. We need to transform the way we power the world; from black to green energy. At Ørsted, our vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. We want to revolutionise the way we power people by developing green, independent and economically viable energy systems. By doing so, we create value for the societies that we’re a part of and for all our stakeholders. A decade ago, we initiated our transformation from a black to a green energy company. Since then, we’ve reduced our use of coal by 73% and more than halved our carbon emissions.By 2023, we’ll be completely coal-free and have reduced our carbon emissions by 96%. In 2017, we sold our oil and gas production business. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for life on Earth. Today, the world mainly runs on fossil fuels. We need to transform the way we power the world; from black to green energy. At Ørsted, our vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. We want to revolutionise the way we power people by developing green, independent and economically viable energy systems. By doing so, we create value for the societies that we’re a part of and for all our stakeholders. A decade ago, we initiated our transformation from a black to a green energy company. Since then, we’ve reduced our use of coal by 73% and more than halved our carbon emissions. By 2023, we’ll be completely coal-free and have reduced our carbon emissions by 96%. In 2017, we sold our oil and gas production business. Over the past 25 years, we’ve established our company as a global leader in offshore wind with a 25% market share. We develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms, and we’ve built enough offshore wind farms to power 9.5 million people. By 2025, our ambition is to power 30 million people from our offshore wind farms.We’re currently converting all our coal-fired power stations to sustainable biomass. Another element of our bioenergy business platform is the Renescience technology which converts household waste to energy using enzymes.We offer state-of-the-art, smart green energy solutions to our wholesale, business and residential customers. In our fully owned grid company Radius, we supply power to nearly one million homes and businesses in the greater Copenhagen area, and we’re working on bringing more intelligence to the power grid. We’ve taken our name after Hans Christian Ørsted, one of Denmark’s best known scientists and innovators. Through his curiosity, dedication and interest in nature, he discovered electromagnetism in 1820, helping to lay the scientific foundation for how power is generated today. These qualities of Hans Christian Ørsted are just what we need to truly revolutionise the way we power people.We’re headquartered in Denmark, and our shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). We employ 5,600 people who collaborate with our partners to revolutionise the way we power people through innovative energy solutions and real action.

Mr. Ondrej Macko


ENERGOCHEMICA SE is a holding company with its head office in Prague, Czech Republic. Since its establishment in 2011, its main focus is on energy, chemistry and R&D. The holding´s core comprises chemical factories with long tradition and heavy emphasis on product quality, environmental protection and occupational safety. The holding consists of several production and sales companies and R&D institute. FORTISCHEM, a.s. produces and sells products involving the production and processing of chlorine, calcium carbide, carbide compounds and technical gases. CHEMKO, a.s. Slovakia produces top quality inorganic and organic chemistry products. CHEMSTROJ, s.r.o. is our mechanical engineering company for chemical industry. Production and distribution of energy is core business of FORTISCHEM, a.s. and TP2, s.r.o. Research and development together with education activities will be implemented by A. Ruprecht Institute of Technology. ENERGOCHEMICA TRADING, a.s. is a subsidiary engaged in brokering the sales of chemicals produced by companies in the ENERGOCHEMICA SE group, brokering purchases of raw materials, trading in electricity. The main activities of another subsidy ENERGOCHEMICA CZE, a.s. includes trade and services associated with chemical production. Our vision is to become one of the major chemical and energy group in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. ENERGOCHEMICA SE is already building the largest second generation biorefinery in Europe using Proesa® technology. The project will showcase state-of-the-art technologies and demonstrate the techno-economic viability of lignocellulosic biorefineries.

Mr. Robert Vierhout


Enerkem produces clean fuels and green chemicals from waste with better economics and greater sustainability than other technologies relying on fossil sources. Enerkem’s disruptive technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals. Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility is the result of more than 10 years of efforts to scale up Enerkem’s technology from pilot and demonstration, to full commercial scale. Enerkem develops and delivers biorefineries in North America and globally, based on a modular and standardized manufacturing approach. Enerkem is open to partnerships with industry leaders to implement facilities that utilize municipal solid waste to produce clean fuels and renewable chemicals. In addition to licensing its technology, the company provides fully fabricated modular equipment and handles assembly on site. Private company founded in 2000 by current senior management Majority-owned by institutional, clean technology and industrial investors Headquartered in Montreal, Canada 200 employees in Canada and the United States… and counting!

Mr. Carl Haglund

CEO of Sunshine Kaidi (Finland) New Energy Co. Oy.

Kaidi Finland is a renewable energy company which plans to build a second generation biodiesel refinery in Ajos, Kemi. The technology used in the Kemi biorefinery is globally unique and the planned biorefinery will prove that high-quality biodiesel can be produced from woody biomass. The plant will produce 200,000 metric tons of biofuel per year. Founded in 2016, Kaidi Finland is part of Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group. Kaidi Group is a Chinese conglomerate that focuses on renewable energy production, energy products and environmental technology. It is one of China’s largest actors in biorefining, and possesses some of the most advanced biofuel technology in the world.

Bernard Chaud

Head of Industrial Strategy, Global Bioenergies

Global Bioenergies was founded in 2008 jointly by Marc Delcourt, a biotechnologies entrepreneur, and Philippe Marlière, the program’s creator.
global bioenergies

Ylwa Alwarsdotter

Excecutive Vice President Business Development

SEKAB is a producer of Bio-based Chemicals and Biofuels in Sweden. SEKAB has developed the CelluAPP® technology platform, a process technology for conversion of forestry and agriculture residues to cellulosic sugars, ethanol and lignin. SEKAB is also producing advanced bioethanol fuels originating from pulp production with an annual capacity of 20 Million litres. ED95 the ethanol fuel for adapted diesel engines was introduced by SEKAB in the market already 1982 and 10 years later the fuel E85. We strongly believe in the possibility to utilize biomass residues for production of advanced biobased products and fuels.

Matej Sabol

CEO of Envien group

ENVIRAL was established in 2004 as the first producer of bioethanol in Slovakia. The commercial production of bioethanol was launched in July 2007. Current annual production capacity is 145,000 m3 of bioethanol. The Company puts emphasis on quality and state-of-the-art technology and employs the brightest professionals, qualified in the field of chemical technology. The company’s premises are large and aside from the production plant itself there are storage capacities for 1/3 of annual raw material needs. This raw material is delivered using our own railway siding, connected to a rail junction located in Leopoldov, or by trucks. All of the produced bioethanol is delivered to customers by rail, which further decreases the greenhouse gas emissions from transport. The bioethanol production in ENVIRAL is a wasteless process. The plant also operates its own wastewater treatment plant, which ensures the high purity of discharged wastewater. In the wastewater treatment process biogas with high methane content is produced, which is subsequently used to produce steam in our boiler room. The whole process is focused on minimizing electricity and natural gas consumption, enabling the bioethanol produced in ENVIRAL to reach a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 60%, when compared with the fossile equivalent - gasoline. The guarantee of quality of products for ENVIRAL’s customers is the implementation and certification of following systems: STN EN ISO 9001:2015, HACCP, ISCC and GMP+.

NEOT North European Oil Trade

NEOT Group specializes in oil and bioproducts wholesale and in the Nordic countries we supply annually roughly 7 billion liters of oil products to large service station chains St1, ABC and Shell. Several thousand Finnish homes and companies are heated by oil delivered by NEOT. In addition, we supply significant fuel amounts to be used in seagoing vessels and in the aviation industry.