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Biofuels Information Services

Integrated intelligence for the biofuels sector including market reporting, price assessment, trends analysis, and medium to long-term fundamentals-based forecasting across the biofuels value chain.

With growing demands to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, biofuels play an increasingly valuable role in cleaner energy production. For market participants, keeping abreast of market developments and reliable price assessment is key to identify short-term trading opportunities, and a detailed understanding of long-term market trends guides strategic planning, including long-term capacity investment, sourcing decisions and marketing strategy. IHS Markit’s biofuels services offer end-to-end coverage of the biofuels value chain, including feedstocks, biofuels products and credit/ticket markets, presenting a complete view of the market.

Biofuels Experts

Dr. Christoph Berg

He has more than 25 years of experience researching and writing specialist news and analysis for and about the ethanol, sugar and feed industries. Based in Ratzeburg, Christoph appears regularly on conference panels to discuss matters related to the industry. He provides clients with analysis, information, overviews and forecasts to aid their business decision process.This helps with the development of costing models, presentations and evaluation of procurement/marketing programs. Part of Christoph's role also involves presenting to agribusinesses, sugar and biofuel organizations, financial entities, academic associations and government agencies in Europe and abroad. He came to Agribusiness Intelligence in 1994. Christoph holds a PhD in economics from the Technical University of Berlin.

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Claus Keller

Dr. Keller joined the Ratzeburg, Germany-based F.O. Licht team (part of the IHS Markit family since mid-2019) in early 2006. As a Senior Commodity Analyst, he follows bioenergy and the respective feedstock markets (starch, oil and sugar crops as well as waste/by-product streams) and also has expertise in the animal feed segment. He is an editor of several regular publications within the team's portfolio and also responsible for the bioenergy and feed section in Licht Interactive Data. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kiel University in Germany and a Master's degree in economics from the University of Cologne, also Germany.

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James Simpson

After heading the downstream research team for Europe-CIS-Africa, he is now developing IHS Markit's expertise in the biofuels sphere. Prior to joining IHS Markit, he worked for the International Energy Agency (IEA) for six years, in the fields of energy security and then energy policy. Before joining the IEA, he worked for PFC Energy. Mr. Simpson holds a first class bachelor's degree from the London School of Economics and a master's degree from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).

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Juan Sacoto

With wide and deep supply chain expertise (20+ years) on key segments including inputs, crops, livestock and meat, biofuels, food processing and others, Mr. Sacoto covers most segments of the agriculture and food supply chain. With IHS Markit Agribusiness since 1997, His expertise includes business strategy, market research, economic modeling and forecasting, and mergers and acquisitions. Market segments covered include fertilizer, seed, crop and livestock production and processing, sugar refining, aquaculture, ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, biofuel feedstocks, transportation, and food consumption.Mr. Sacoto has evaluated agribusinesses in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, EU, China, Japan, Korea, Ukraine, Russia, Indonesia and Southeast Africa. He is fluent in Spanish. He has a Bachelor's degree in finance from Jacksonville State University and Master's in international business (IMBA) from the University of Memphis.

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