Thursday, 8th June

Technical Symposium

Dr. Martin Alm 

EFPRA Technical Director 

Dr. Martin Alm studied chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig. In 1998 he started his career at SARIA Bio-Industries, responsible for “Research and Development” and “Regulatory Affairs” representing SARIA and Germany in different national and international interest groups and research committees. Since 2009 Dr. Alm is director of “Dr. Alm Research and Consulting GmbH” and Technical Director of EFPRA, European Fat Processors and Renderers Association. He is also member of the scientific advisory panel of the World Renderers Organisation (WRO) whose president he was from 2019 to 2021.

Overview of EFPRA’s activities

EFPRA´s members´ portfolio is very broad. It covers food, feed, pet food, fertiliser, energy substitutes, biofuels, oleochemicals and many more. The presentation will give an overview of EFPRA´s activities over the last years. This includes for example the feed ban, the animal by-product regulation, BAT / BREF, “Green Deal” with new or updated regulations on renewable energy, maritime and sustainable aviation fuel, fertiliser, sustainability issues etc.

Paul Bikker PhD

Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Paul Bikker is a senior researcher in animal nutrition in Wageningen University & Research. He has a broad interest in the nutrition of pigs and how scientific insight in digestive physiology, absorption and post absorptive metabolism can contribute to develop feeding strategies for sustainable pig production. He conducted his research in the past 25 years at Schothorst Feed Research and Wageningen Livestock Research, with emphasis on protein, amino acids, minerals (Ca, P ) and trace elements (Cu, Zn). Recent projects include the optimal use of feed materials in the context of a circular bio-economy and interactions between animals and the environment.


Nutritional value of PAPs for pigs and poultry and consumer perception of the animal source food

In the context of a public-private partnership project to contribute to a more circular bio-economy, the nutritional value of poultry PAPs in pig diets and porcine PAPs in poultry diets has been studied. This was necessary since earlier studies and existing data were generally more than 20 years old and conducted before the feed ban, using meat (and bone) meal from multiple species that are no longer allowed in the EU. Subsequently, an inventory was made of the consumer perception of food (e.g. meat, eggs) produced with animals receiving diets enriched with PAPs and other characteristics of the animal production system. The results of these studies will be presented and discussed at the conference.

Dr. Josef Efken

Thünen-Institute of Market Analysis

After studying agricultural sciences at the universities of Göttingen and Hohenheim, Josef Efken was a research assistant at the Institute for Agricultural Market Science at the University of Hohenheim. This was followed by a position as a research associate at the Thünen Institute of Market Analysis from 1991 until today. His research initially focused on national and international seed markets and subsequently on dairy markets. Between 2000-2007, Josef Efken was able to gain deep insights into company strategies and industry structures in Germany by evaluating EU support programs for the food industry. Since 2008, the focus has been on the short- and long-term analysis of national and international meat markets.

Meat Markets in Europe – Quo vadis?

 Within the EU internal market, the production of beef, pork and poultry meat developed very differently. There are also significant differences between the member states. Influencing factors here include export orientation of the industry, farm size structures and animal concentration in the area. Especially in recent times, epidemics have caused market changes. Last but not least, demand trends play a decisive role for the prospects of the meat industry. Here, too, the European market is not a homogeneous one. Against the background of political uncertainties, looking to the future is anything but easy.

Andrea Martelli

Global Head of Biofeedstocks and Biofuels Trading and Sustainability – Eni

Andrea leads biofeedstocks and biofuels activities at Eni. He became the head of biofuels trading at Eni Trading and Shipping in 2019, with responsibility for redesigning and enlarging biofeedstocks and biofuels trading activities. In 2020 he took over the role of head of supply for Eni. Since 2021, he has been a member of the board of directors of Eni Trading and Shipping. With more than 18 years’ experience within the group, he has held roles in several countries, including as German and Austrian branch manager, head of gas and power sales in France, Italy and the Benelux, and lead originator for gas, power and emissions.


Friday, 9th June

Technical Symposium



EFPRA President

Sjors Beerendonk holds a law degree from Tilburg University and post university education in marketing and sustainability from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After having served in various industries, he joined the rendering industry nearly 25 years ago and is a seasoned manager in various aspects of this business. He is a member of the managemente committee of the Darling Ingredientes International Division. He serves on several industry boards and since 2018 is the acting chaiman of the European Renderer´s Association (EFPRA) which is based in Brussels

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Dr. Paolo Sarnelli

Head of the Regional Operational Unit “Prevention and Veterinary Public Health”, Regione Campania

Veterinary surgeon with a specialisation in “inspection of food of animal origin” and further specialisation in “animal nutrition”, he is an Executive of the Campania Region with decades of experience in the managerial management of food safety and public veterinary prevention. He was President of the steering cabin of the integrated pole for high complexity health services, teaching and research in food safety and veterinary health; since 2016 he has been Head of the Regional Operational Managerial Unit “Veterinary Prevention and Public Health” (DGRC N. 757/2016).

Pierdavide Lecchini

C.V.O. Chief Veterinary Officer- W.O.A.H. Delegate-E.F.S.A. Management Board Alternate, Italian Directorate General For Animal Health and Veterinary Medicines- Italian MInistry of Health

Veterinary surgeon with specialisation in “Inspection of Food of Animal Origin” and “National and European veterinary legislation”, as well as a 2nd level university Master’s degree in “Economics and Management in Health Care”. He has participated in more than 40 national and international technical and administrative training events at academic, university or public institutional level in the fields of Animal Health, Food Safety, Veterinary Public Health, Public Administration, Workplace Safety, Environment, Health Legislation. He is currently Member of the Crisis Unit for Animal Health Emergencies, Deputy Food and Feed Crisis Coordinator for Italy , Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for Italy , Member of the EFSA Advisory Forum for Italy , Head Medecines Agency for Veterinary Medicines for Italy


Head of Unit G2 (Animal Health), Director of DG SANTÉ

Dr Francisco Javier REVIRIEGO GORDEJO obtained his PhD (1999) in Veterinary Epidemiology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his degree (1988) in Veterinary Science from the same university. He worked as Official vet for the Autonomous Region of Castilla y Leon in Avila and before worked as a veterinarian with the Pig Farmers’ Association. He joined the European Commission in 2001 as a Legislative Veterinary Officer. In 2005 was Head of Sector Epidemiology and Eradication since 2008 to 2016 was as Head of the Sector Disease Control and Identification, later Adviser to the Director on Crisis management in Food, Animals and Plants and currently Head of Unit for Animal Health in DG SANTE. In addition to his work at DG SANTE, Dr Reviriego Gordejo participates in a number of World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) ad hoc groups.

An update of the EU legislation on Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and Animal by-products (ABP)

Andrea Monforti Ferrario

Post-Doc Researcher ENEA Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

Responsible of project activities related to high temperature fuel cells and electrolysers (SOFC/SOEC/ rSOC; MCFC/MCEC/rMCC) within the framework of National research programmes (PNRR) and EU research projects Participation to ENEA TERIN-PSU-ABI activities on hydrogen technologies in general (production, storage/transport, final
uses); Preparation of technical reports / deliverables; Support in the coordination of EU research projects; Writing of project proposals and budget preparation; Consulting activities for third parties; Collaboration with companies.

Techno-economic feasibility analysis of the production of green hydrogen from certified, sustainable and programmable bio-liquids: case study of Proteg SpA

Hydrogen is a promising energy vector and is being acknowledged by recent policy as a powerful and strategic instrument to drive the deep decarbonization of the energy system, especially in relation to various hard-to-abate sectors which cannot be directly electrified. However, for hydrogen to be considered clean (namely green hydrogen), the production pathways as well as the whole supply chain should be free of CO2 emissions, closing a virtuous energy cycle with low environmental impact. The main green hydrogen production pathway is via water electrolysis powered by renewable electricity (e.g. solar, wind). However, the main drawback of such hydrogen production schemes is the variability and non-predictability of the electricity supply, connected to the variation of natural resources. For this reason it is important to consider also electrolysis plants powered by other kinds of renewable electricity supply such as programmable bio-energy power plants since this can avoid the issues related to a variable energy input, together with increasing the load factor of the electrolyzer plant thanks to the continuous operation of the power plants in baseload configuration (>8000 hours of operation) which can significantly improve the relative sizing of the electrolyser unit as well as reduce the specific investment cost.

Dirk Dobbelaere

EFPRA Secretary General

Dirk Dobbelaere grew up on a pig farm near Ghent in Belgium.

He studied Agricultural Engineer in Ghent and obtained a degree in Marketing as well. After having worked in the Danish food industry and a Belgian slaughterhouse, he arrived in the world of lobbying in Brussels in the late nineties. Dirk was appointed Secretary General of EFPRA in 2000. Besides EFPRA, Dirk is also the Head of the European Meat Manufacturing Industry Association and of the European Blood Products Industry Association.

Statistical overview of the animal fats and animal by-products processing industry in the 2022