The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) is a technology neutral trade association dedicated to the support and expansion of low carbon fuel policies. The LCFC is a §501(c)(6) non-profit organization that achieves its goals through policy design, thought leadership, consensus building, coalition work, and direct advocacy.

Performance based low carbon fuel policies utilize market signals to reduce carbon pollution while cleaning the air, creating jobs, reducing petroleum reliance, harnessing waste streams, and stimulating agriculture and local economies.

The LCFC constantly tracks and analyzes existing and proposed low carbon legislation and regulations for its members; works to foster industry consensus and to facilitate multi-sector industry campaigns; and advocates to support, improve, and expand low carbon fuel policies.

Chairperson

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bryan sherbacow, chief commercial officer

World Energy

In 2010, Mr. Sherbacow co-founded AltAir Fuels, the world’s first integrated refiner of renewable jet, diesel, gasoline and chemicals. Serving as its President he was responsible for establishment of a joint venture with Alon USA (NYSE: ALJ) for AltAir’s first refinery located in Paramount, CA. Commissioned in early 2016, AltAir Paramount converted a former petroleum refinery to 100% renewable production of 40 million annual gallons of jet, diesel, gasoline and chemicals. Mr. Sherbacow also led negotiation of historic contracts with United Airlines, World Fuel Services, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, KLM and UPS. Mr. Sherbacow brings over 15 years of senior leadership experience in corporate development of industrial process businesses with expertise in organizational development, project development, financial structuring, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, government relations and environmental matters. Over the past nine years he has been an active participant in the U.S. renewable energy sector as a principal investor, officer and director of biofuel companies as well as a corporate advisor. As of March of 2018, AltAir joined with Biox in Canada, and World Energy in Boston, to create a large-scale, coast-to-coast presence for blended advanced biofuel supply, targeting high-growth submarkets focused on reducing carbon intensity in fuels. World Energy is one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America, and with the acquisition of AltAir, the world leader for commercial renewable jet fuel.

 

Treasurer

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dayne delahoussaye, Head of North American public affairs

Neste

Dayne is the Head of North American Public Affairs at Neste. He brings many years of legal and policy experience to Neste, working with both the traditional and renewable business units by leading the sustainability communications and policy development efforts in the US and Canada. Dayne also serves on the board of several industry trade associations to support Neste’s position as a vanguard provider of cleaner burning, advanced low-carbon energy and fuels. Prior to joining Neste, Dayne was in private law practice in Houston as a litigator and business attorney and as a professional musician playing his Horn on the stages of New York and London.

Neste is the world's largest producer of 100% renewable and sustainable diesel refined from waste and residues, and is also bringing renewable solutions to the aviation and plastics industries. We believe that it is the task of each generation to leave its children a healthier planet. To succeed in this we create responsible choices, everyday – choices that enable people to live a more sustainable life and consume fewer natural resources.

 

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Secretary

Michael Burns, Head of Biorefinery Business Development in the Americas.

Novozymes

Michael Burns is the Head of Biorefinery Business Development for Novozymes, focused on developing business opportunities utilizing Novozymes biotechnology in the fuel and chemical industries. Prior to joining Novozymes in 2015, he was Director of Commercial and Business Development of BP’s Advanced Bio Products division. He joined BP in 2010 and had several roles focused on Project, Business, and Commercial Development. He has held several other roles in the energy industry in his 20-year career focused on Project Finance, Project Development, Business and Commercial Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate Strategy and Analysis. He has also worked for R.W. Beck, Celunol, Verenium, and Vercipia. He holds an MBA from Western New England University and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University.

Novozymes in the world leader in biological solutions.  Together with customers, partners and the global community, Novozymes improves industrial performance while preserving the planet's resources and helping to build better lives.

 

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Ronnie Virissimo, Commodities Broker

SCB Group

Ronnie has been a part of the SCB Group for over 8 years. He began his career at Louis Dreyfus where he was a member of the ethanol trading team before moving to his current role as a broker. Since 2009 Ronnie and his colleagues have developed the international ethanol markets, being a part of movements between North America, South America, Europe and Asia including sugarcane ethanol imports into the USA. In addition to ethanol, Ronnie is a part of SCB’s compliance credit brokerage group. He is also on the board of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, acting as the group’s treasurer. After working in Chicago and San Francisco, he and his wife now  live in Puerto Rico where SCB has its third North American office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and anthropology from University of Chicago. 

SCB is the world’s largest biofuels brokerage firm, with offices in Europe, the United States and Singapore and a mission to promote the adoption of a low carbon future. Through their integrated offices around the world, they are able to reach and cover all market sectors in their chosen physical and derivative commodity products. Always looking to add value for their clients and the markets in which they participate, SCB has been awarded numerous times for their groundbreaking deals and market leading position throughout the industry, including Energy Risk Magazine’s #1 rated Global Biofuel Broker for 6 consecutive years and #1 rated Global Emissions Broker for 2018.

 

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Shashi Menon, Chief Executive Officer of EcoEngineers

EcoEngineers

EcoEngineers is a renewable energy consulting firm that helps companies navigate the emerging clean energy economy and monetize the premium placed on biogenic carbon when used as transportation fuel. Under his leadership, EcoEngineers has become a nationally and internationally recognized leader in audit, compliance management and renewable energy consulting in the biofuel/low carbon community. Mr. Menon is committed to clean air, clean water, and clean energy and supports a decarbonized economy. 

Mr. Menon holds over 20 years of business strategy and business development experience in finance, commercial real estate investments, and renewable energy consulting. He is actively engaged in science-based studies and research efforts that identify the role of policy in creating value for environmental services produced. He has worked closely with federal and state regulators and the biofuel community  to frame policies that enable successful projects.

Mr. Menon sits on the State of Iowa Energy Plan and Biomass Committees. The work of the committee is focused on building a biomass-to-energy model that could be duplicated and commercialized and would be an economic development driver for the State.  Through this work, he co-wrote the report on sustainable rural development, “Anaerobic Digestion Systems and the Water-Energy Nexus: A Study of the Impacts of Biogas Production in Iowa”.

Mr. Menon holds an MBA in Finance from DePaul University, a BA in Literature and Physics from Illinois Wesleyan University.

 

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Shailesh sahay, senior regulatory counsel

POET

Shailesh Sahay is Senior Regulatory Counsel for POET, the world’s largest biofuels producer. POET’s mission is for its team members to be good stewards of the earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Sahay develops regulatory and legislative positions on federal and state laws and proposals, interfaces with federal and state agencies, directs industrywide litigation efforts, and engages with industry trade groups. His areas of responsibility include climate and fuels regulations, environmental compliance, and international trade.

 

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John thornton, president

CleanFuture

John A. Thornton is president of CleanFuture, Inc., a sustainable energy consulting practice assisting companies and industry to become more energy efficient while reducing costs.

John developed CleanFuture’s Pathway to Savings™ Rewards program to unlock dormant financial opportunities for fueling fleets with low carbon fuels. Working with fleet owners / operators, fueling station owners, and fuel providers, Pathway to Savings™ provides a quarterly revenue stream enabled by the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for use of clean fuels. CleanFuture provides comprehensive LCFS management services and complies with every aspect of LCFS registration, reporting and record-keeping requirements, participates in CARB rulemakings, and maximizes the LCFS revenues our customers and partners receive.

John has over 30 years’ experience in industry. Prior to founding CleanFuture, John was vice president for an electric vehicle technology company. Previously John spent 11 years Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Group, Inc., producer of Hyster® and Yale® lift trucks, where he played key roles in the launch of industrial electric vehicles and related technologies.

John earned a B.S. degree in Business / Operations Management from Oregon State University, and an M.B.A. from Portland State University.

 

 

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Timothy j cesarek, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

GEVO

Timothy J Cesarek has over 30 years of business development and private equity experience with over 15 of those years in renewable fuels, chemicals and energy.  He is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Gevo, a renewable fuels and chemicals business.  Prior to Gevo, Tim was the Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, of Enerkem, a waste to chemicals and fuels company, where he was responsible for leading the commercial and project development efforts. Mr. Cesarek was a Managing Director in the Organic Growth Group and Organic Recycling business for Waste Management, Inc. where he was responsible for directly investing in opportunities for Waste Management to optimize the value of the waste it managed, particularly through waste conversion into biofuels, renewable chemicals, energy and lawn and garden products.  Prior to Waste Management, Mr. Cesarek was the President of Koch Genesis Company LLC, an investment arm of Koch Industries, Inc. specializing in commercial ventures, licensing and early stage investments in the refining, petrochemicals, forest products, polymers, resins and consumer products industries.  He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.