Kevin Lindemer, Executive Director, Downstream Consulting at IHS Markit, has 30 years of experience in the oil and downstream petroleum industries and is an expert on the global oil industry. He has led numerous strategic consulting and research projects around the world in the energy, biofuels, oil, and downstream oil business and has authored numerous articles and papers covering many aspects of the oil and energy industry. He has also testified before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, been a guest lecturer in business schools in the Boston area, and spoken at numerous industry conferences. Mr. Lindemer’s extensive background in the oil industry includes serving as Executive Managing Director of Global Insight’s (now IHS Markit) Energy Group; Director of Strategy and Business Development at Irving Oil Corporation; Senior Director in the Oil Practice at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) (now IHS Markit) for 14 years; and a planning and strategy analyst for CENEX Petroleum. In addition, Mr. Lindemer managed his own independent energy research and consulting prior to his current role. He holds a BS from the University of Minnesota and an MS from the University of Wyoming.
India currently imports ~83% of its crude oil requirement. Biofuels, an eco-friendly alternative, could help reduce dependence on crude oil-derived fuel. India has large quantities of solid and liquid wastes, which are expected to increase as urbanization accelerates. Converting waste into energy can have the dual benefit of reducing dependence on imported energy and reducing environmental stress. How can policy measures such as the Ethanol Blending Programme (EBP) and Bio-diesel from Used Cooking Oil (UCO) help promote biofuels? What technological innovations are needed to significantly scale up biofuel production in India? What incentives are needed to attract private investment in the entire value chain?