Session Spotlight

Session Spotlight: A Few of our Planned Educational Sessions

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Now That’s Refreshing! Biodiesel, RD and a New Generation in Decarbonization

Did we ever think one of the world’s largest food & beverage companies would someday knock on our door? Of course, we did! Hear it straight from this A-list producer of carbonated beverages, now focused on decarbonization when it comes to climate goals. Top leaders from PepsiCo/Frito-Lay will tell us why in their journey toward Net Zero, biodiesel and renewable diesel are in the driver’s seat. No B100 discussion would be complete without Optimus Technologies, whose current rise is positively effervescent. Plus, with RD demand booming in California, we’ll hear from Darling Ingredients, the “original recycler” as one of the oldest rendering companies in the U.S. This session is sure to pop!

Bullish on Biodiesel, Soaring with SAF

A year of overall policy wins, plus aggressive corporate decarbonization efforts has set the table for clean fuels to flourish – and at the center sits biodiesel! We’ll hear from biodiesel CEOs on why the future has never looked brighter. Then, please fasten your seatbelts for a lively sustainable aviation fuel discussion! Is it ready for takeoff? Join top airline executives as they discuss their commitments to ESG, and what role SAF is sure to play. 

Chill Out: Winter’s Promising Oils, Cash Crops and Carbon Tools

Winter may deliver more than snow sports and hot chocolate, thanks to some remarkable breakthroughs and partnerships. Camelina, and winter oilseeds like brassica carinata, winter canola and a modified variety of pennycress are all budding big time as a potential new source of oil for producers, a third cash crop for farmers, and a carbon-sequestration tool – without bringing new land into production. Unlike past feedstock-wannabes, you’ll learn how these cool lipids have buy-in from all supply chain points. With demand growing for clean fuels, and the 3-billion-gallon Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge in place, we just can’t luge! 

Extreme Carbon Makeover: Clean Fuels and the Next Generation of LCFS Policies

It’s hard to believe that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard turns 13 years old in 2024 – groundbreaking policies grow up so fast! Oregon’s Clean Fuels Policy also celebrates its seventh anniversary of implementation, with both policies hailed as wildly successful at reducing net greenhouse gases in transportation fuel. As other states follow their lead into Extreme CI Reduction, all eyes are now on “LCFS 2.0,” when states explore new concepts for the next generation of low-carbon fuel policies. What are the challenges and opportunities for clean fuels during what is sure to be another seismic shift in the low-carbon fuel movement? Will the markets continue to decide which technologies are mature enough for prime time? 

The Low Score: Lowering Carbon Intensity with Climate-Smart Ag

“Climate-Smart Agriculture” is the new nomenclature for an effort aiming for a hole-in-one for the climate. It’s taking a shot to sustainably increase the productivity of agriculture, enhance climate resilience on the farm and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This trifecta environmental policy has some real economic muscle – but how do we caddie those incentives back to the farmers who are adopting practices to sequester carbon? Could the GHG scoring system already in place for renewable fuels help get this effort up to par? 

Ask-the-Expert: State Incentives Drive Demand Throughout Supply Chain

When Iowa passed the nation’s first B30 incentive, some thought it might take time for fuel retailers to consider it. But thanks in part to today’s high-quality biodiesel, some truck stops had the confidence jump on it immediately. Nationwide, fuel retailers, wholesalers and producers are all taking serious notice of state policies as they strategize on where to put their gallons. And these return-on-Investment factors stir up some competition between states. This session will explore successful state incentives targeting different parts of the supply chain – helping everyone come out a clean fuels winner. 

New Policy Priorities for the Clean Fuels Industry

The Clean Fuels federal affairs team will be joined by DC consultants to discuss the outlook for farm bill programs, tax and budget policy, and other priorities remaining in the final year of the 118th Congress and during the run-up to the election.