BIOFIT Final Policy Conference

18-20 January, 2022

How to implement bioenergy in existing industrial installations

Results from the BIOFIT project

Recording of BIOFIT Conference:

In January 2022, the BIOFIT project held its final conference. The event took place online as series of conference sessions spread over three days.

Project results were presented in four Industry Sessions, each of them addressing a specific industry sector, namely first-generation biofuels, pulp and paper, fossil refineries, fossil firing power and CHP. In each of these sessions, an overview of the respective industry sector was provided, followed by presentations on specific case studies and sectoral recommendations. After each industry session, interaction of the audience with BIOFIT sector experts and associations was enabled by a moderated discussion / Q&A session. The timing was as follows:

•    Fossil firing power and CHP: 18 January 2022 (13:00 – 15:00 CET)
•    Refineries: 18 January 2022 (15:15 – 17:00 CET)
•    Pulp and paper: 19 January 2022 (09:00 – 11:00 CET)
•    First-generation biofuels: 19 January 2022 (11:15 – 13:00 CET)

The event was rounded off with a Policy Breakfast “Retrofit-for-55” on January 20 (08:30 – 10:30 CET). This conference session was specifically dedicated to national and EU-level policymakers. It presented drivers and barriers as well as policy recommendations from the BIOFIT project in a nutshell, and provided an interactive platform for discussion among participants.   

Detailed Policy Conference Agenda

TUESDAY, 18th January 2022

TimeTopic, Presentation
13:00 - 13:15Welcome and Introduction to the BIOFIT projectPatrick Reumerman (BTG)
13:15 - 14:30Industry session: Fossil firing power and CHP
14:30 - 15:00Discussion and Q&A: Fossil firing power and CHP – Moderated by Manolis Karampinis (CERTH)
15:00 - 15:15Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:30Industry session: Refineries
16:30 - 17:00Discussion and Q&A: Refineries – Moderated by Patrick Reumerman (BTG)

WEDNESDAY, 19th January 2022

TimeTopic, Presentation
09:00 - 09:15Welcome and Introduction to the BIOFIT project – Patrick Reumerman (BTG)
09:15 - 10:30Industry session: Pulp and paper
10:30 - 11:00Discussion and Q&A: Pulp and Paper – Moderated by Heidi Saastamoinen (VTT)
11:00 - 11:15Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:30Industry session: 1G Biofuels
12:30 - 13:00Discussion and Q&A: Biofuels – Moderated by Raquel Iglesias Esteban (CIEMAT)

THURSDAY, 20th January 2022

TimeTopic, Presentation
08:30 - 10:30

Policy breakfast “Retrofit-for-55”Moderated by Dina Bacovsky (Unit Head Biofuels, BEST) and Rainer Janssen (Managing Director Projects, WIP)

  • Welcome and Introduction – Dina Bacovsky / Rainer Janssen
  • Pitch presentations on drivers, barriers and policy recommendations
    • General overview – Hanna Pihkola (Senior Scientist, VTT)
    • Fossil firing power and CHP – Manolis Karampinis (Research Associate, CERTH)
    • Refineries – Patrick Reumerman (Senior Consultant, BTG)
    • Pulp & paper – Heidi Saastamoinen (Research Scientist, VTT)
    • 1G biofuels – Arne Gröngröft (DBFZ)
  • Wrap-up – Dina Bacovsky / Rainer Janssen



The BIOFIT project supports and initiates bioenergy retrofitting opportunities in five industry sectors. The bioenergy retrofits studied in the BIOFIT project are technical measures applied to existing production plants that support bioenergy utilization as an alternative to fossil energy. The retrofit measures can result in either using additional biomass as an input to the production plant or producing additional output from biomass at the production plant. Investigated bioenergy retrofits therefore include bioethanol, biodiesel, bio-kerosene, intermediate bioenergy carriers and other advanced biofuels as well as renewable fuels and biomass-based heat & power generation.

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