Schedule

Who, What, When, & Where

Monday, January 20

Breakout

Biodiesel 101

4:00 pm - 5:00 PM

This fast-paced Biodiesel 101 session will give you an overview of the biodiesel industry basics. Whether you are seeing your first glimpse of biodiesel or simply need a refresher course, this session will have you covered. NBB Communications and Members Specialist Cody Graham will lead the panel with help from Technical Director Scott Fenwick and Director of Sustainability Don Scott. Questions are encouraged!

Special Event

Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 PM | Convention Center Riverwalk/Rotunda

Tuesday, January 21

Break

Breakfast

7:30 am - 8:30 AM | The Landing, Tampa Convention Center
Mainstage

20/20 Vision

8:30 am - 10:00 AM

Hindsight may be 20/20, but biodiesel industry leaders have their sights on a new 20/20 vision for the future. What are the most promising pathways forward towards a thriving future, and how will we get there as an industry? Get an overview of the National Biodiesel Board’s new strategic plan. Plus, we’ll look back in hindsight at the last year of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a key federal policy rife with conflict. What can we learn from this epic battle between competing interests, and how do we improve our range of view moving forward?

Break

Conference Central Expo/Morning Break

10:00 am - 10:45 AM

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. Stop by the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel Poster Session to visit with today’s college students with a passion for biodiesel and a drive to become tomorrow’s energy leaders.

Breakout

The Long View: Getting to a Carbon Neutral Future

10:45 am - 12:00 PM

Biodiesel has the lowest carbon emissions of any fuel today.  Learn how biodiesel can hold its sustainability edge by continuing to improve its lifecycle as we look at efforts becoming more aggressive to reduce carbon from every sector. 

Breakout

A Farsighted Look at the RFS

10:45 am - 12:00 PM

Washington policy experts discuss challenges and opportunities for the biodiesel industry on the Renewable Fuel Standard in this deep-dive session. 

Break

Lunch in Conference Central

12:00 pm - 1:15 PM | Conference Central

Sponsored by Seaboard Energy

Mainstage

Fueling the Future: Biodiesel Vehicle Technology Showcase

1:30 pm - 2:45 PM

While diesel powertrains are expected to remain a dominant force in the freight and transportation industry for years to come, future engine efficiency and emissions standards will be challenging.  Fuel standards must evolve with engine technology to meet this challenge.  Join us for an enlightening glimpse into the future as the Fuels Institute maps out both the opportunities and the headwinds ahead. Then, buckle up as our panel of Original Equipment Manufacturers reveal how they are responding to these challenges in 2020 and beyond during the Biodiesel Vehicle Technology Showcase event.

Break

Conference Central Expo/NGSB Poster Session/Afternoon Break

2:45 pm - 3:45 PM | Conference Central
Breakout

A Bird’s Eye View: Biodiesel Fuel Quality

3:45 pm - 5:00 PM

Fuel quality is the foundation of a thriving biodiesel industry. In this session, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of how we’re doing, including results of a new study on how the quality of biodiesel today compares through the years, and you’ll gain perspective from others throughout the fuel supply chain.

Breakout

Eye of the Hurricane: Destruction, Recovery and Biodiesel

3:45 pm - 5:00 PM

In 2017, Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida, creating over $50 billion in damage. All 35 counties where Florida Power & Light operates were impacted, and virtually all customers were affected. It wasn’t the first storm to devastate the Gulf Coast and it won’t be the last. Learn how FPL plans, prepares and responds to these events, and how biodiesel plays a crucial role in the restoration efforts.

Special Event

All Sponsor Receptions

4:00 pm - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, January 22

Break

Breakfast in Conference Central

7:30 am - 8:15 AM | Conference Central
Mainstage

Catching the Heat Wave

8:30 am - 10:00 AM

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.

Special Event

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!)

Break

Conference Central Expo/Morning Break

10:00 am - 10:45 AM

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.

Breakout

In Focus: The Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel

10:45 am - 12:15 PM

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. 

Breakout

Tax and Trade: A Close-up View

10:45 am - 12:15 PM

Washington policy experts discuss challenges and opportunities for the biodiesel industry on the tax credit and trade issues in this deep-dive session.

Break

Lunch at Conference Central

12:00 pm - 1:30 PM | Conference Central

Capitalize Expo Networking Time

Breakout

Technical Projects and ASTM Overview

1:30 pm - 3:00 PM

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!

Breakout

Outlook for State and Provincial Carbon Markets

1:30 pm - 3:00 PM

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.

Break

Afternoon Break

3:00 pm - 3:45 PM | Conference Central

Afternoon Break in Expo Hall, Conference Central Expo, NGSB Poster Session

Breakout

Anticipate Disruption, Prepare Accordingly

3:45 pm - 4:45 PM

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.

Breakout

Watch Your Blind Spot: Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst

3:45 pm - 4:45 PM

“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.

Special Event

Evening Reception

8:00 pm - 10:00 PM

Thursday, January 23

Break

Breakfast

7:30 am - 8:15 AM | Conference Central
Breakout

XBX: An Eye on the Horizon

8:30 am - 9:45 AM

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.

Breakout

Seeing Green: Finding Dollars to Switch to Renewable Power and Efficiency Upgrades

8:30 am - 9:45 AM

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.

Mainstage

The View

10:00 am - 11:00 AM

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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