CJ Warner

Renewable Energy Group

President & Chief Executive Officer

For more than 40 years, Cynthia (CJ) Warner has been a leader in the traditional and renewable energy sectors, holding key roles in technology development, operations, business development, strategy, environment, health and safety. Currently, Ms. Warner serves as President & CEO for Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) and as a member of REG’s Board of Directors. Prior to REG, Ms. Warner served as Executive Vice President, Operations for Andeavor (formerly Tesoro). She oversaw Andeavor’s Refining; Logistics; and Environment, Health, Safety & Security groups, overseeing strategic growth initiatives and providing leadership that promoted safe, reliable execution and drove operating efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to Tesoro, CJ served as Chairman and CEO of Sapphire Energy where she oversaw development of technology to produce oil from algae, successfully building and placing into operation one of the largest algae farms in the world. Ms. Warner was named a Fortune 2020 Businessperson of the Year. She also serves as a Board Member for the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) and is a member of the Board of Directors for Sempra Energy. She is a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Board of Visitors of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.

Sessions With CJ Warner

Monday, 7 March

  • 02:55pm - 03:35pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 08:55 pm - 07/mar/2022 09:35 pm

    Driving Transport's Future

    Panel Transportation & Mobility/Electrification (EVs/built environment)
    The electrification of transport, particularly cars and trucks, is a high-profile element of aspirations to reach net-zero GHG emissions. Plans by automakers and recent sales trends point toward a potential massive and relatively rapid change in new sales from oil powered to electric vehicles and other zero- or low-emission vehicles. Regulatory support and capital spending underpin the changes underway. However, the transport world today is still dominated by oil products. There are hurdles to overcome in order to accelerate the transition to net zero in transportation. These include the need for sky-high growth in the supply of battery raw materials; consumer acceptance; and expansion of charging stations, either at home or on the road. What is being done to address these challenges and accelerate the pace of change in transportation?

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 05:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 06:00 pm

    Sustainable Transport: Growing biofuels & green fuels production

    Panel Agribusiness & Biofuels Carbon Management/Decarbonization Transportation & Mobility/Electrification (EVs/built environment) Power & Renewables

    The climate change debate places high expectations on the success of the biofuels industry, in general, and the advanced biofuels industry, in particular. Meanwhile growth in demand for renewable super-low carbon transportation fuels outpaces that seen prior to the COVID pandemic. More countries now are moving to enact low-carbon fuels standards and industries are becoming increasingly aware of their carbon footprints. In the transport sector, there are few if any short-term alternatives to biofuels, yet there are not enough agricultural feedstocks to meet the demand required to meet GHG reduction goals. What range of waste or other feedstocks exist to resolve this shortage in the production of sustainable transport fuels? What potential exists to scale up the technologies required to convert these feedstocks to sustainable fuels?