Set up in 2012 by convergence of several strands of experience in new technologies in inter-related fields. Solutions based on sustainable production practices allow us to have a realistic view of biomass crops production. BEC is focused on the optimization of lignocellulosic energy crops and the use of residual biomass, helping agri-industries to become more competitive. The company works mainly in Europe and Latin America providing agronomic and environmental solutions on bioenergy and biofuels as well as participating in project development and research with several organizations worldwide.
We are cautious and strict when it comes to consider bioenergy for sustainable development. Our ideas are centered in the fact that bioenergy cannot compete with food production but enhance alternative business. We have a strong commitment with natural resources conservation and sustainability to increase resilience. A biobased world can provide sustainable real solutions for rural sectors through the biomass valorization and encouraging biodiversity.
Our company believes that every biomass developer needs to evaluate project’s ecological restrictions, opportunities and economic viability of each alternative. We are confident that this is one of the most effective ways to improve food security and bioenergy while improving soil organic matter and ecological services in around 2.9 billion hectares of marginal lands that are not going to be cultivated for food.
Our mission is to provide realistic solutions to companies and organizations for the production of biomass and lignocellulosic crops in marginal lands through a regenerative perspective, improving the environment, enhancing social wellness and promoting a global biobased economy.
Emiliano Maletta is an accomplished agronomist and agricultural engineer with extensive expertise in industrial crop cultivation, applied agroecology, and bioenergy projects. With a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and postgraduate studies in Plant Physiology, he possesses a strong background in specialized areas such as crop models, life cycle assessments (LCA), GIS evaluations, and precision agriculture
Emiliano’s educational journey took place in Argentina and Spain, where he gained a comprehensive understanding of agricultural practices. Since 1998, he has focused on cultivating industrial crops on marginal lands, including horticulture, livestock, cereals, oil crops, perennial grasses, and agroforestry.
During his nine-year tenure as a researcher in the Spanish public administration, Emiliano played a pivotal role in numerous biobased projects within the European Union. He coordinated various research and development initiatives in bioenergy, collaborating with esteemed organizations and universities in countries such as the United Kingdom, Spain, India, The Philippines, Thailand, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Australia, and Italy, where he was born in 1975.
With over two decades of experience in intensive crop production and organic farming, he possesses a diverse range of skills across various fields. His expertise includes developing biodynamic projects for both irrigated and rainfed conditions, assessing rural areas in marginal regions, conducting financial analysis on biobased initiatives, and managing international trade operations. Adrian has served as a partner and developer of multiple intensive crop productions utilizing irrigation models, managing their operations and logistics. In addition, he possesses a strong background in good agricultural practices and GMPs, having played a key role in customizing and managing food safety compliance systems. His particular focus lies in developing and implementing regenerative models for industrial crop business and production systems.
Geographer and Environmental Scientist, with over 20 years of international experience in Integrated Resource Management, Soils mapping and management recommendations, River Basin Management and terrain characterization, and the making of Bio-fertilizers from agro-industrial wastes. Tomás combines tools like Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Real Time Sensor Networks to produce Support Systems for biomass inventories and productivity modeling that aid in Decision Making, risk assessments and Consequence/Result Tracking. He acts as expert in mapping baseline conditions and helping all the team members involved quantify issues and Natural Processes at stake.
Mr. Hefner is an international consultant with an MBA from Thunderbird, American Graduate School with demonstrated experience and expertise on farm level and regional evaluations. He has a strong background on biomass handling, densification, and machinery development for large thermal electric power facilities and business plan development with energy crops in developing countries. Expert on energy crops in Latin America and Africa with focus on energy grass logistics. He has been involved in a variety of bioenergy projects in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mozambique, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Zambia, Ghana, Mexico, and Argentina
Dr. Maletta has 35 years of experience as economist and food security expert providing services on rural development, economy and climate change for international organizations. His background involves socio-economic assessments for small households in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and several other countries in Asia. He is author of dozens of books on poverty alleviation, food security, land tenure and agricultural economics, statistical analysis and developed hundreds of projects worldwide with international organizations like FAO, World Bank, IFAD among many others.
He has focus on tropical biomass and bioenergy. Vast experience in Latin America, Africa (including Ghana) and Asia. He has a degree in agricultural sciences in Argentina, and 40 years of experience in natural forest regeneration, forestry and woody energy crops to produce biomass. He is member of REMBIO (Bioenergy Mexican Network) and has numerous scientific publications and lectures on biomass for heat and power. His expertise involves biomass supply chain development, biomass conversions, forestry, ecology, biomass pre-treatment, pellet production systems, storage and logistics of woody materials, economic analysis and environmental assessment at farm and regional levels.
With 15 years of experience, Luciano has been involved in conducting feasibility studies and implementing productive systems based on second-generation energy crops, oilseeds, and lignocellulosic plants. His primary focus is on selecting and valorizing land for new biobased developments, which involves evaluating on-location and logistical conditions and assessing potential off-takers in each area. Luciano has also conducted feasibility studies for balanced food and oil production in the Pirane area of Formosa Province, demonstrating his expertise in this field. Additionally, he possesses knowledge of sustainable production technologies and has studied the productivity of marginal, low-yield fields, enabling him to effectively manage the selection and cultivation of specific biomass crops. Furthermore, Luciano is a skilled grain, oilseed, and legume classifier, having worked for the Grain Exchange and the Grain Receivers College in Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires Province.
Matías is a sociologist and political science Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, respectively. He has extensive experience in social and market research, public relations, and training in several Latin American countries, working with Amnesty International and other organizations.
Matías served as the National Director of Policies against Institutional Violence in Argentina’s Secretariat of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism from 2016 to 2019.
Currently, he contributes to the development of bioenergy crops and bioeconomy in developing countries, in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Matías es sociólogo y doctor en Ciencias Políticas por la Universidad de Buenos Aires y la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, respectivamente. Tiene una amplia experiencia en investigación social y de mercado, relaciones públicas y capacitación en varios países de América Latina, trabajando con Amnistía Internacional y otras organizaciones. Matías fue Director Nacional de Políticas contra la Violencia Institucional en la Secretaría de Derechos Humanos y Pluralismo Cultural de la Argentina de 2016 a 2019. Actualmente, contribuye al desarrollo de cultivos de bioenergía y bioeconomía en países en desarrollo, en línea con los 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.