16 Oct 2023 - 17 Oct 2023

15th Concawe Symposium

The 15th edition of the Concawe Symposium took place on Monday 16th October 2023 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Brussels, Belgium.

This 2023 edition focused on challenges and opportunities to meet EU’s climate and air quality objectives and the potential contribution to those of the fuel manufacturing industry.

The Symposium started with two keynote speeches, one highlighted the challenges and strategies for refiners in a decarbonising world, and the other one compared the supporting policies on both side of the Atlantic Ocean. Then, the first session set the general context of Fit-for-55 and discussed some of the key challenges but also the enabling technologies which could be used at scale to decarbonise Europe: electrification and batteries, electrolysis and green hydrogen, renewable and low-carbon fuels (including advanced biofuels and e-fuels). The second session in the same day explored the latest trends and focused on multi-contribution scenarios. Each session ended by a debate with the speakers, in which the public was invited to ask questions and share comments and experiences.

The 2nd day was unfortunately cancelled due to the terrorist attack in Brussels on the night of the 16th October and the level of emergency raised at its maximum. This second day dedicated to ambient air quality and source apportionment modelling will be rescheduled.

You can find below the presentations from each speaker:

Keynotes speeches:

Christopher J Barry, Wood Mackenzie

Andrei Marcu, ERCST

Session 1 - Challenges, are there any hurdles to decarbonisation scenarios?

Jean-Pierre Debruxelles & Jean-Marie Mizzi, FuelsEurope

Louis-Marie Malbec, IFP Energies nouvelles

Ric Hoefnagels, Utrecht University & Ivan Vera, TNO

Maria Manso Martin, AFRY

Arend de Groot, TNO

Pieter Lodewijks, VITO

Session 2 - Opportunities, how to make the low-carbon transition successful?

Joris Melgar, IFP Energies nouvelles

David Bothe, Frontier Economics

Dieter Walter, Concawe

Giacomo Rispoli, NextChem

Rémi Cornubert, Strat Anticipation

For more information on the agenda and the topics, please check the programme.

For any questions about the event, please contact symposium@concawe.eu.