EU-India and International Innovation Cooperation in the Biofuels Sector G2G and B2G Meeting on Advanced Biofuels: 6th February 2023



Monday, 6th February 2023

2:00 – 5:00 pm IST / 9:30 CET – 12:30 CET






Opening Session

Opening Session: Biofuels are impacting the energy landscape across the globe and, therefore, their contribution towards climate change mitigation is central to the energy transition theme. The session would discuss the impact of biofuels on economic growth and the opportunities emerging for Indian and European Biofuel sector stakeholders.

2.00 - 2:10 pm

09:30 –

09:40 am

  • Introductory Remarks and Context Setting

Ms. Leena Pishe Thomas,
Director - Global Business Inroads (GBI) and EU Expert

2:10 - 2:30 pm

09:40 - 10:00 am

  • Welcome remarks and Opening Session

Sri G. Kumar Naik, I.A.S.,
Additional Chief Secretary

Energy Department Government of Karnataka

Sri K.P Rudrappaiah
Managing Director, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL)


Head of RI - Delegation of the EU to India

Plenary Session 1: EU-India and International collaboration in Biofuel Sector

Moderator: Mr. Pierrick Fillon-Ashida - Head of RI - Delegation of the EU to India

This session will discuss the international collaboration in the biofuel sector with the following specific objectives:

  1. Policies and framework for developing and facilitating advanced biofuel (Regulations/ Fiscal incentives).
  2. Regulatory support to encourage oil manufacturing companies to supply biofuels to the aviation sector, encourage market mechanisms and the utilization of by-products from biorefineries
  3. Innovation and alternative technologies across the value chain/eco-system development in India and Europe.  
  4. Bilateral cooperation between EU Member States and International stakeholders with India and activities at the Indian State level


2.30 to

2.40 pm



10.10 am

  • Biofuel in India Potential, Policy frameworks, Biofuel Road Map and Emerging Paradigms with the global ecosystem.

Mr. Sunil Kumar

Joint Secretary – Refinery, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas

G2G Round Table Discussion
Moderator: Mr. Pierrick Fillon-Ashida - Head of RI - Delegation of the EU to India

2.40 to

3.20 pm


10.50 am

  • Horizon Europe calls open 2023-24 for international cooperation.

Dr. Maria Georgiadou (Online)
Sr. Expert, DG Research, and Innovation -European Commission.

  • Mission Innovation plans on global collaboration.

Dr. Sangita M. Kasture
Scientist Dept. Of Biotechnology, Govt. Of India

  • EU Policies (Regulations/ Fiscal incentives).

Ms. Laura Lonza (Online)
Policy Officer, DG CLIMA European Commission.

  • Bilateral cooperations with India and projects in the Biofuel sector.

Mr. Renato Godinho (or) Ms. Laís Garcia – Energy Experts Embassy of Brazil

Mr. Jim Spaeth

United States Department of Energy

Ms. Eleanor Webster

Head of Mission Innovation Secretariat


  • Developing State’s decarbonization programs with the Biofuel ecosystem in Karnataka and Policy support to encourage private investments in the Biofuel sector

Sri K.P Rudrappaiah
Managing Director, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL)

3.20 to 3.30 pm

10.50-11.00 am

Coffee Break

Plenary Session 2: Biofuel Supply Chain in EU and India
Moderator: Ms. Leena Pishe Thomas – Director GBI and EU Expert

This session will discuss the development of offtake infrastructure built in Europe and how is India developing the mechanisms. European and International examples of supply chain organization will be shared, and India’s status of supply chain will be discussed, along with suggestions for enhancing, best practices and collaboration opportunities between EU and India.  The session would also discuss the new emerging technologies in the biofuel production (bioethanol, biodiesel, SAF, etc.), the progress in the commercialization of these technologies, and the challenges therein. The focus would also be on feedstock requirement and solutions to manage crop residues and bio products. Industry expectations through government policy support for commercialization of advanced biofuel technologies and the role of various stakeholders in Financing, Storage, Transport and Handling.


3.30 to 3.50 pm



11.20 am

  • Biofuel ecosystem and learnings from Europe. Integrated biorefineries concept & Horizon Europe Funding Program.

  • How is India developing the supply chain and what are gaps and opportunities for cooperation.

Mr. Patrick Crehan

EU Expert, CKA Mgt. Consultant, Brussels.

Mr. Ramakrishna Y.B.
Member - Working group on Bio Fuels at Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Govt of India.

Round Table Discussion – Moderated by Ms. Leena Pishe Thomas - Director GBI and EU Expert

3.50 to

4.30 pm


12.00 pm

  • Problems of collecting Biomass, solutions, need for local infrastructure.

  • Financing challenges and need for economic models and innovation

Prof. Balakrishna Gowda

Prof. Raghu

University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore

Lt. Col. Monish Ahuja (Retd)
Chairman at Confederation of Biomass Energy Industry of India

Mr. Ewald-Marco Muenzer (Online)

European Waste-based & Advanced Biofuels Association (EWABA)

  • Innovative business models for emerging entrepreneurs in Biofuel sector.
  • International company’s experiences in India, gaps and opportunities.

Mr. Varun Karad
Chief Business Officer

GPS Renewables

Mr. Ashish Kumar

Verbio India Private Limited

4.30 to

4.50 pm


12:20 pm

Q & A - Discussion

4.50 to

5.00 pm


12.30 pm

  • Vote of Thanks & Closing Remarks

Head of RI - Delegation of the EU to India

7.00 PM Onwards - Dinner Reception hosted Mr. Pierrick FILLON-ASHIDA

Head of RI - Delegation of the EU to India


District 6

G-03, G-04, G-05, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560055 (Landmark: Sheraton Grand Hotel / WTC, Bangalore). MAP