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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Theodore M. Kniesche, Vice President of Business Development

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.

Ted has been with Fulcrum since inception and has been instrumental in developing the company’s business strategies. Overseeing business development, project development and government relations activities, Ted has negotiated numerous long term municipal solid waste feedstock supply agreements totaling 13 million tons per year and has led the negotiations for several of Fulcrum’s commercial contracts and relationships. He also leads Fulcrum’s State and Federal Government and Regulatory affairs.

Ted came to Fulcrum from US Renewables Group (USRG), where he helped acquire, develop and operate renewable power and clean fuel assets. Prior to USRG, Ted served in the investment banking group at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.  Ted has a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a general course certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Fulcrum is leading the development of a reliable and efficient process for transforming municipal solid waste – or household garbage – into transportation fuels including jet fuel and diesel. The company’s plants will provide customers with a low-cost, low-carbon drop-in fuel that is competitively priced with traditional petroleum fuel.

 

Treasurer

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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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Secretary

Roxby Hartley, Operations Director

AGRON Bioenergy

Dr. Roxby Hartley is the Director of Operations of Agron Bioenergy, a subsidiary of Western Iowa Energy. He holds a PhD in Geophysics from Oxford University, where he taught tectonics and thermodynamics. He worked both as a geochemist and a geophysicist in the oil industry and has lead software development teams. Over the last decade, Dr. Hartley has worked in bioenergy, and is a voting member of the ASTM Diesel Committee. Dr. Hartley is a member of the boards of the Low Carbon Fuel Coalition and the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance. 

Western Iowa Energy is a leading biodiesel producer based in Wall Lake, Iowa. The facility can produce up to 45 million gallons of biodiesel per year. The company’s specialized pre-treatment technology enables biodiesel production from a variety of agricultural products and byproducts, as well as recycled cooking oil. In 2017, the company strategically expanded into California with the purchase of Agron Bioenergy, a biodiesel production facility in Watsonville, California.

 

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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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Freya Burton, Chief Sustainability and People Officer

LanzaTech

Freya is a biologist, who joined LanzaTech in 2007 and has worked in various roles throughout the company. Freya is deeply committed to LanzaTech’s mission of creating a carbon smart future and leads LanzaTech’s sustainability initiatives, working with external parties on assessing the life cycle of LanzaTech’s process.

A founding member of below50, the low carbon fuels initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Freya plays an active part in promoting the benefits of low carbon fuels and chemicals globally. Freya oversees Government Relations, Communications and HR at LanzaTech. She holds an MA from Cambridge University.

LanzaTech is revolutionizing the way the world thinks about waste carbon by treating it as an opportunity instead of a liability. LanzaTech’s novel gas-to-liquid technology has opened up vast new sources for making low-carbon chemicals and fuels that displace petroleum.

 

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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.