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Under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the 15th international conference “Fuels of the Future” 2018" was hosted by the German BioEnergy Association (BBE), the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP), the German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe), the German Biofuels Industry Association (VDB) and the German Biogas Association and supported by Rentenbank.

More than 580 participants from over 25 countries have followed the invitation of five associations from the German bioenergy industry to get information on current market trends, to discuss political framework conditions, prospects for mobility and views on the sustainability certification of biofuels during the conference from 22 - 23 January 2018.

As the highlight event of the German and European biofuel industry the conference is a must-attend event for the exchange with German and international stakeholders from politics, the industry and research.

The contents of the conference program have been extended to account for the increasing diversification of engine technologies as well as the research and production of various fuels from renewable energy sources.

The comprehensive program covers a diversity of all topics relevant for improving climate protection in the transport sector:

At the start of the conference on 22 Jan 2018, speakers from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, from the European Parliament, the European Commission, from international organisations and scientists all present their concepts, strategies and research findings on future forms of renewable mobility. Rainer Bomba, state secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, elaborates on the role of biofuels in the federal government’s mobility and fuel strategy. Bas Eickhout, member of the European Parliament, explains the Environment Committee’s report on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive. Kyriakos Maniatis, Head of Division at the Directorate-General Energy of the EU Commission, presents proposals for renewable mobility. Paul Greening, secretary-general at the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA), talks about the future role and requirements for alternative means of transportation and for biofuels from the automotive perspective. Tobias Kuhnimhof, Head of Division at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), shares options for action towards an energy transition in transportation.

During the panel discussion in the afternoon hours of the first day, the discussion will delve into perspectives for renewable forms of mobility until 2030. With Sonja van Renssen, editorial journalist at the „Energy Post“, taking the lead, she will discuss framework conditions for fuels with less CO2 emissions and alternative means of transportation to reach climate change objectives with Helge Pols (Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure), the members of the European Parliament - Bas Eickhout and Marijana Petir, Paul Greening (ACEA), Kyriakos Maniatis (EU Commission) and Norbert Schindler (Chairman German Bioethanol Industry Association).

Subsequently, a total of 11 forums will deal with a broad range of topics from all areas of renewable energies in the mobility sector: German and international experts will present the latest from technical development, research, certification, market analysis and trade flows and engage in discussions with the conference participants.Power-To-X, electromobility and biomethene are also covered like emissions reduction in the transport sector.

During these talks and in the Exhibitor Forum with information booths, the conference participants will find many opportunities for professional exchange and networking.

Here you can find the program of the 15th International Conference "Fuels of the Future 2018".

The 16th International conference "Fuels of the Future 2019" will take place on 21/ 22 January 2019 in Berlin.

International conference delegates in 2018