19–21 February 2024

Madrid, Spain

Europe Energy & Sustainability Forum co-hosted by CEPSA


Decarbonising the Downstream Industry

Platinum Sponsors

Welcome to ESF Europe – Energy & Sustainability Forum

The 2024 ESF Europe: Energy & Sustainability Forum will proudly take place in Madrid, Spain and is officially supported by CEPSA.

Helping to accelerate Europe’s energy transition and the development of a sustainable energy future in which the refining and chemicals industries continue to play a leading role, ESF Europe is the only event dedicated to downstream decarbonisation and sustainability.

As we look ahead to 2024, the 2030 timeline to deliver on the commitments is not slowing and the industry must continue to differentiate between short-term affordability and medium-long-term decarbonisation delivery.

Moving forward, public perception is key as we help society to understand that we still need to responsibly make fossil fuel products whilst pursuing our decarbonisation journeys and achieve net zero goals. However, having sustainable and lower-carbon products will help to get more out of the products that are made today.

Perfection is the enemy of progress. We cannot focus only on carbon. Reliability, sustainability, and a broader focus on environmental footprint must be part of the equation. The industry must take a pragmatic approach to produce the clean energy Europe and the world needs now and in the future.

Unprecedented collaboration is needed. We must work closely with others – in new ways – because we can only reach net zero if society reaches it, too. That includes working with customers and across sectors to transform the energy system.

... and with all that in mind, returning for its fourth edition, ESF Europe, like the industry continues to evolve, advance, and will support the collaborations and development of a decarbonised and sustainable energy future.

Pre-Conference Seminars

Energy Transition in Action: Assessing and Decreasing the Carbon Footprint of Downstream Assets

Monday, 19th February 2024, 09:00–12:00 CET

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Pioneering Future Energy While Powering Customer Evolution

Monday, 19th February 2024, 13:00–16:00 CET

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Join our Esteemed Speaker Panel

Taking a technology-neutral approach, ESF Europe supports the downstream industry to reduce its carbon intensity and emissions, quickly and profitably. Across three days, we will present and explore all the decarbonisation technologies and strategies on the table including:

  • Sustainable fuels, chemicals and circularity
  • Low carbon hydrogen, green ammonia and methanol
  • CCUS
  • Energy efficiency and asset optimization, including digitisation
  • Waste water use and management
  • The energy trilemma - secure, affordable, and sustainable
  • Industrial integration and clusters

Case studies and practical examples of technology application and implementation will be favoured!

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2024 Advisory Meeting Takeaways Report

Meeting held on the 26th September 2023

Highlights from Amsterdam

A huge thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors, and attendees who attended ESF Europe 2023 from the 20th–22nd of February in Amsterdam. We were delighted to see so many familiar, and new faces join us and contribute to its success.

We’re excited to share the post-event report, highlights video and photo gallery below.

2 Seminars

66 Speakers &

16 Hours of Content

10+ Hours Of

356 Registered Delegates

155 Pre-arranged
in-person meetings

Latest Insights

Exclusive first-hand insights, reports and interviews at the pulse of the global oil and gas downstream industry

Interview with Benny Mermans, Chevron Phillips Chemical


Empowering Plastic Waste: Perspectives from Benny Mermans, Chevron Phillips Chemical

Ahead of ESF Europe 2023, Benny Mermans, Vice President Sustainability at Chevron Phillips ...

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A Low Carbon Perspective with Tim Shire, Energy & CO2 Manager, Essar Oil UK

We caught up with Tim Shire, Essar Oil UK, to find out how refineries can stay competitive and ...

Lars Peter Lindfors, SVP Innovation, Neste


Quick Fire Questions with Lars Peter Lindfors, SVP Innovation, Neste

Ahead of ESF Europe 2023, Lars Peter Lindfors, SVP Innovation, Neste gave us some quick-fire ...

Tim Shire, Energy & CO2 Manager, Essar Oil UK

A Low Carbon Perspective with
Tim Shire, Energy & CO2 Manager, Essar Oil UK

Ahead of ESF Europe 2023, we caught up with Tim Shire, Energy & CO2 Manager at Essar Oil UK to find out how refineries can stay competitive and relevant in today's changing environment and discover Essar's strategy to become the first low-carbon oil refinery in the UK.

1. Essar Oil UK has the objective of becoming a leading low-carbon refinery by 2030. What are the key pillars for Essar to achieve its decarbonisation targets?

There is no one silver bullet to fully decarbonise our production processes, so we are building on a mixture of energy efficiency, fuel switching to hydrogen and carbon capture to significantly reduce the emissions from our operation. We are also becoming a hub for biofuels and waste-derived products which, when blended, will help decarbonise our products.

2. How can refineries stay relevant in today’s environment and prolong plant life through blue hydrogen and CCUS?

Low-carbon hydrogen is particularly interesting because, as well as decarbonising our own operations, we can supply it to other industrial users as a valuable low-carbon product for others. This will help them lower the emissions from their industrial processes. We see a future role for refineries as providers of fuels produced using low-carbon processes, being providers of heat and power to local industrial areas by being facilities that produce and balance hydrogen, power and heat supply for the clusters they serve.

3. Essar Oil UK recently announced its plan to build a £360 million new carbon capture plant at its Stanlow Refinery, could you tell us more about this project and how it will place Stanlow at the centre of the UK’s energy transition?

This project decarbonises our catalytic cracker which is one of the largest in Europe. This will reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by close to 1 million tonnes per annum. We’re excited to make such a large impact in a single project, and are working hard to unlock the maximum synergy of having hydrogen production and low carbon power generation on a single site.

Stanlow Refinery, Essar Oil UK

Stanlow Refinery, Essar Oil UK

4. During this turbulent time for the industry, what low-hanging fruits can be taken advantage of to ensure the industry remains competitive?

As ever, energy efficiency saves both money and emissions, and there are always opportunities to improve. In this time of volatile product prices, agile refineries are able to prosper. At Essar Oil UK we have managed to eliminate natural gas consumption during normal operation, and take advantage of our flexibility to divert lower cost molecules into fuel.

5. Finally, what do you hope the discussion from a conference like ESF Europe will help the industry to achieve over the next 12 months?

As the industry starts to convert visions into reality, we are starting to address numerous practical issues and find additional opportunities. As the industry is on this journey together, I’m looking forward to learning more about how others have taken steps forward and what they are doing to make this happen.

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Lars Peter Lindfors, SVP Innovation, Neste

Quick Fire Questions with
Lars Peter Lindfors, SVP Innovation, Neste

Ahead of ESF Europe 2023, Lars Peter Lindfors, SVP Innovation, Neste gave us some quick-fire answers on how Neste has become a front-runner and key contributor to the European energy transition.

1. Neste has set ambitious targets for carbon-neutral production by 2035. What are the key pillars to achieve this?

Neste has a commitment to reducing the direct climate impact of our own activities. A key way to do this is through the utilisation of carbon-neutral hydrogen in production. We have been granted funding from the EU Innovation Fund to develop the Porvoo Refinery through green hydrogen production. We are also focussing our activities on replacing crude oil with renewable and circular feedstocks and have recently announced that we will be transitioning the Porvoo Refinery to a renewable and circular site, targeting a financially based phase out of crude oil refining in the mid-2030s.

2. Neste’s Rotterdam refinery has seen vast investment of EUR 1.9 billion in its renewable product capacity. How important is the Rotterdam refinery in Neste's transformation journey?

We are the only company with a global footprint in renewable fuels. Our Rotterdam Refinery is one of our world-scale refineries for renewable products. We are currently aiming for further significant investments into the Rotterdam facility, by doubling the capacity in 2026.

3. Today there are around 39,000 planes and 1.42 billion cars in the world. How can Neste’s products for renewable road transport and sustainable aviation help to decarbonise the hard-to-abate transport sector?

We are a global leader in providing renewable solutions for road transportation, aviation and chemicals. We are broadening our portfolio of scalable, sustainable raw materials and technologies in order to scale up our offerings significantly in the future. In order to combat climate change all solutions are needed. At present the only alternative to kerosene in aviation is renewable aviation fuel (SAF) and related to road transportation through diesel, renewable diesel and EV are the only alternatives available.

4. Finally, what do you hope the discussion from a conference like ESF Europe will help the industry to achieve over the next 12 months?

A good common understanding of the challenges the industry is facing, and how these topics should be tackled, to ensure the competitiveness of the European industry in these global markets.

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Benny Mermans, VP Sustainability, Chevron Phillips Chemical

Empowering Plastic Waste:
Perspectives from Benny Mermans, Chevron Phillips Chemical

Ahead of ESF Europe 2023, Benny Mermans, Vice President Sustainability at Chevron Phillips Chemical, CPChem, Chairman of the World Plastics Council (WPC) and Vice President of the Plastics Europe Steering Board gave us some quick-fire answers on how the plastics industry and CPChem are helping to accelerate change for a sustainable future.

1. In Europe, it is estimated that 38% of plastic waste is recycled. What can the industry do to increase this percentage and therefore increase circularity within the plastics economy?

Waste plastics do not belong in the environment, they are a very valuable resource that should be captured. Over the recent years, a positive trend towards higher circularity emerged. According to the recently published “The Circular Economy for Plastics” report by Plastics Europe, the quantity of recycled plastics used in packaging increased by 45% compared to 2018. Still today 65% of plastic waste is not yet valorised in a circular economy. Collaboration from all stakeholders involved in the plastics industry will be crucial to improve this number, at every step of the value chain: from design for recycling to collecting and sorting infrastructure, from guiding policies to consumer engagement.

2. Chevron Phillips Chemical announced in 2022 its investment into the Infinity Recycling’s Circular Plastics Fund, how important are investments like these for CPChem’s commitment to sustainability?

Infinity Recycling’s Circular Plastics Fund aims to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular plastic economy by investing in advanced recycling technologies. At CPChem, we believe that advanced recycling technologies, that are complementary to mechanical recycling, are expected to play a key role in the development of a sustainable, circular economy for plastics. We recently announced commercial sales of Marlex® Anew™ circular polyethylene resin made from pyrolysis oils, a feedstock made from hard-to-recycle plastics.

3. What do you envision the plastics industry will look like by 2030?

The industry has a vision to create a fully circular economy for plastics, where used plastic is recycled, reused, or repurposed. According to the SystemIQ Reshaping Plastics Report, circularity levers are the fastest, most affordable, most effective and most reliable method of reducing GHG and waste disposal in the system, and the plastics system could achieve 78% circularity by 2050 through recycling, reduction and substitution. The next few years are a critical window for action, the decisions taken in the early 2020s will determine the future of our industry. As an industry we are committed to producing life-enriching products sustainably, leaving behind the lightest possible footprint.

4. Finally, what do you hope the discussion from a conference like ESF Europe will help the industry to achieve over - the next 12 months?

As mentioned above, collaboration from all stakeholders involved in the value chain is critical to help create a circular economy for plastics. I hope that ESF Europe enables discussions to support that much-needed collaboration and allows the plastics industry to demonstrate it has clear goals and wants to maintain a leading role in the future of Europe.

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