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Breakfast in Conference Central
7:30 am - 8:15 AM | Conference Central
Catching the Heat Wave
8:30 am - 10:00 AM | Mainstage
The RFS and the low-carbon economy continue to drive significant market demand for biodiesel, but get ready for another potentially hot market: Bioheat®. The Northeast’s heating oil industry has rebranded itself as the “renewable liquid heating fuels industry,” and has resolved to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. How is Bioheat® reshaping – and perhaps saving – this industry? Hear from prominent leaders on their vision for Bioheat® as a key player in the climate change discussions happening in the halls of government, local communities and dinner tables across the country.
Conference Central Expo/Morning Break
10:00 am - 10:45 AM | Conference Central
Join us in bustling Conference Central! Visit with exhibitors that can make your business stronger, teach you something new or show you the latest in technology, or just relax and network.
Biodiesel Ride-and-Drive Event
10:00 am - 1:30 PM | Departing from the Channel Entry Loop just outside the Tampa Convention Center
Take a spin around Tampa in some of the coolest new diesel vehicles on the market and discover the power and performance of biodiesel (and maybe even your next vehicle purchase!)
In Focus: The Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel
10:45 am - 12:15 PM | Ballroom A
Now celebrating its tenth year, the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel fosters collaboration and understanding regarding the science of biodiesel at the university level. We’ll turn our focus on some of the brightest young scientists leading biodiesel research or outreach at their schools, and get a glimpse of what their vision for the future of our world’s energy supply just might hold.
Tax and Trade: A Close-up View
10:45 am - 12:15 PM | Ballroom B
Washington policy experts discuss challenges and opportunities for the biodiesel industry on the tax credit and trade issues in this deep-dive session.
Lunch at Conference Central
12:00 pm - 1:30 PM | Conference Central
Sponsored by Seaboard Energy
Capitalize on Expo Networking Time
Technical Projects and ASTM Overview
1:30 pm - 3:00 PM | Ballroom A
Join the brightest technical minds in the industry to view the latest progress on key technical projects, including new engine studies, Bioheat® efforts, and potential changes in the ASTM specifications picture. Get your glasses on and get ready to geek-out!
Outlook for State and Provincial Carbon Markets
1:30 pm - 3:00 PM | Ballroom B
We’ve witnessed a recent surge in state and provincial level activity on climate change issues. Several states have now passed, and begun implementing, comprehensive carbon reduction programs. During this session, expert speakers will discuss the latest flurries of activity from California and British Columbia to New York, Maine, and all jurisdictions in-between. Come see what is real, what is bluster, and what the impact could be on helping biomass-based diesel weather market changes now and in coming years.
3:00 pm - 3:45 PM | Conference Central
Afternoon Break in Expo Hall, Conference Central Expo, NGSB Poster Session
Watch Your Blind Spot: Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst
3:45 pm - 4:45 PM | Ballroom A
“911, what is your emergency? We’re on the way.” Now what? No one wants to think of the worst-case scenarios, but what you do in the minutes, hours, and days following a crisis can make or break your company’s reputation. And in a competitive space, a bad reputation could put you out of business. But don’t fret! Our panel of public relations experts will share how with a little preparation, a good plan, and a bit of practice, you’ll be ready to handle any what-if scenario.
Anticipate Disruption, Prepare Accordingly
3:45 pm - 4:45 PM | Ballroom B
The energy industry is subject to government intervention. Taking an “anticipatory” stance keeps you on the lookout for new laws that will impact your operations and profitability. If a bill looks promising for passage, you likely immediately notify your attorneys and management teams to establish a preventative defense. If the bill becomes law, and your organization is set to leverage the new rules, you have an edge. By contrast, other organizations affected are forced to scramble after the fact. This session will help you prepare to take the long view, and make the most of new opportunities by thinking, planning and innovating based on anticipation.
Sips & Sweets
8:00 pm - 10:00 PM | The Landing, Tampa Convention Center (Second Floor)
Sponsored by American PetroLog
Join us for an evening networking reception overlooking the beautiful Tampa waterfront! This casual networking event will feature desserts, a cigar roller, and local drinks!
Thursday, January 23
7:30 am - 8:15 AM | Conference Central
Seeing Green: Finding Dollars to Switch to Renewable Power and Efficiency Upgrades
8:30 am - 9:45 AM | Ballroom A
Fuel markets are moving toward net zero carbon – are you keeping pace? Experts will help you learn how to lower your carbon score, which could lead to a competitive edge, and how you can even recoup upgrade costs. Also, you’ll hear from one producer on fulfilling his solar vision for his biodiesel facility. We’ll share lessons learned about securing federal funding and tax credits you may have missed out on, as well as how trading voluntary carbon credits can help finance upgrades and improve your bottom line.
XBX: An Eye on the Horizon
8:30 am - 9:45 AM | Ballroom B
XBX (Exploring Biodiesel) shows the awakening of low carbon liquid fuels throughout the supply chain, while focusing on advanced OEM technologies and performance variances in motor fuels. From both technical and practical viewpoints, attendees will gain insight on how future fuels operate in today’s energy landscape, and how they have provided distributors new products that deliver. The XBX program (exploringbiodiesel.com) has been delivered coast-to-coast to buyers, sellers and consumers of fuel that wish to better understand how fuels have and will continue to evolve. This CliffsNotes version is sure to provide value, wherever you fit in the chain.
10:00 am - 11:00 AM | Conference Central
Join the subject matter experts from your trade association in a dynamic conversation about the future of biodiesel. This casual, interactive session will tackle a key question: Where do we go from here? Join the staff of the National Biodiesel Board for their vision for the future, and share your own vision as we wrap up another great National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.
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