Programme subject to change, updates ongoing.
Time Information
09:00 - 09:15
Welcome, introduction

09:15 - 09:50
Keynote - Supporting the move to a low carbon and circular economy – the role of waste to energy

09:50 - 10:30
Volumes, capacity, gate fees and trade – UK and Europe
Adrian Judge, Director, Tolvik Consulting

What is the future of RDF markets and how will this play out for the UK?  How much will Brexit, RDF taxes / changing government policies, affect trade? How are gate fees responding to the changing economics?
10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:50
Managing resources – policy approaches from England, Wales and Scotland and how this translates to development of infrastructure
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd; speaker and session chair

How is policy translating into infrastructure?
What effect will Scotland’s landfill ban have?
Do we need to plan for a "bulge" of waste?
11:50 - 13:00
Leaders’ panel – the shape of the industry in the next 5, 10, 20 years.
Thomas Obermeier, CEO , Hon President DGAW; Head of business development EEW; CEO TOMM+C (management and consulting company)

How will the waste to energy industry respond to the changing policy environment, the circular economy, the decarbonization of energy and industry and changing feedstock patterns? Where are the greatest challenges and how does the industry overcome these?  What opportunities is the move to carbon neutral offering the waste to energy sector and what sort of projects will the money be following over the next 10 – 20 years?


13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 14:45

Stream 1 – Key factors for UK project delivery success

What are investors looking for in projects going forward?
David Harradine, Executive Director, ABN AMRO Bank NV
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Chairman

What financial models will prove most robust and where are funds likely to come from?
What provides investors with cash flow certainty in a post-subsidy world?
Will the UK maintain investment discipline as EfW capacity gets built out?
How long is “long enough” for operating track record?

Stream 2 – Global perspectives on technology and market advances

The BREF update - what will this mean for the industry?
Dr Kai Lieball, Director Decarbonisation, HZI
Keith Riley, Executive Director, Hydrogen Utopia International; speaker and session chair

Technical and legal implications for operators.  What will it mean for older plants and for those in the development pipeline?   An explanation of the requirements and a detailed look at how plants, owners and operators will need to respond.

14:50 - 15:30

Stream 1 – Key factors for UK project delivery success

An analysis of the UK EPC delivery market
Jan Nilsson, Commercial Director, Scandinavian Energy Contractors

A look at how EPC contracts work – the important topics, and technology issues within EPC.
Views on the UK EPC delivery market, and ideas for its future direction and development  with speakers representing a range of angles and experience in both standard and "newer" technologies.

Stream 2 – Global perspectives on technology and market advances

Revamping energy from waste plants - technical issues, challenges, solutions and case study examples.
Keith Riley, Executive Director, Hydrogen Utopia International; speaker and session chair

Technical aspects - what can be achieved when revamping an ageing plant, changes in capacity, through-put and efficiency, drawing on case study examples.

Making existing plants work harder and deliver more - the owner / operator’s view of the economics and balance of returns when increasing capacity.

The economics of when it is worth increasing capacity and when its not
The implications - technical, regulatory, economic of increasing capacity
Key requirements when asking new plants to work harder, deliver more, generate greater revenue and investment return
The balance between building new stock and increasing existing capacity – what directions for the future?

Stream 3 - Heat delivery

Heat policy - what's needed to achieve the heat ambitions in the Resources and Waste Strategy?
Tim Rotheray, Director of ESG & External Affairs, Viridor

The drive to carbon zero by 2050 has to solve heating.  What's the role for waste to energy and its heat production? Is it possible to de-risk partnerships sufficiently and what policies are needed from government to achieve this? 
This session considers current policies and explores the directions emerging from the Policy Connect research into the energy from waste industry and its heat potential.
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 16:45

Stream 1 – Key factors for UK project delivery success

Getting a complex project across the line – what are the lessons learnt from recent projects? (1)
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Chairman

Industry experts with multi-project experience explore the key factors necessary to ensure success in the current environment, with speakers representing a range of high-level expertise, from finance, plant, feedstock and planning.

Stream 2 – Global perspectives on technology and market advances

Technical advances and efficiency developments

Grate combustion: Developments for fast maintenance, high flexibility and long grate life-time.
Exploring efficiency developments ensuring high availability and campaign time, low maintenance, low emissions and residues, flexible design and full automation.

The technical challenges and solutions of very large waste to energy plants, with a particular focus on the Chinese Bao'An  XL Waste-to-Energy facility. 
An examination of the plant able to take 10 million tonnes of municipal waste per year and converting it to 12,000 MWh of renewable energy per day.  

Stream 3 - Heat delivery

ESCOs and structures for heat networks
Tim Rotheray, Director of ESG & External Affairs, Viridor

Heat networks in Denmark: exploring how contractual structures, ESCOs and derisked finances enable widespread heat networks.

How can we manage risk to enable investor confidence and project delivery for heat networks? 

16:50 - 17:30

Stream 1 – Key factors for UK project delivery success

Repurposing biomass plants - financial and technical implications.

With investors looking for optimum returns throughout a plant's lifespan, repurposing from one fuel source to another can make good business sense.  This session explores the challenges and what's to be gained from repurposing to waste to energy.

Stream 2 – Global perspectives on technology and market advances

Global growth markets for waste to energy.
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd; speaker and session chair

Which markets are key areas of interest for delivering new facilities?
What are the key elements that must be in place to access these markets?
What are the main challenges in delivering projects on the ground?

An outline of key markets in CEE, Central and Eastern Europe.

Stream 3 - Heat delivery

Technical, contractual and financial challenges to heat offtake and best practice solutions for delivery success.
Tim Rotheray, Director of ESG & External Affairs, Viridor

Why are waste to energy plants still finding it so hard to deliver CHP?
Are policies and incentives sufficient to overcome the complexities of CHP from energy from waste facilities?
A practical forum to answer questions and demonstrate solutions from proven case studies.
17:30 - 19:00
Drinks and networking

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09:00 - 09:10
09:10 - 09:40
Minimising carbon in UK energy networks – what is the role of energy from waste?

Exploring policy, technical and regulatory issues for the energy system in the drive to carbon neutral.  The challenges around decarbonising heat. The need for “green” gas – is this where energy from waste comes in? The evolving situation for waste to hydrogen and waste to gas; policy, regulation and technical challenges; the opportunities and what is needed to maximise these.
09:40 - 10:15
Working towards carbon neutral by 2050 - what's the optimum use of residual waste measured by its carbon impact?
Dr Ausilio Bauen, Director, E4Tech; session chair

An analysis of waste in terms of transport fuel development and a consideration of current fuel policies and incentives.
10:15 - 11:00
Lessons learnt from ACT development so far.

Why have some plants found development in the UK challenging?
What went wrong and what are the lessons learnt?
What has been the experience elsewhere?
Should the focus be on resource outputs rather than energy?
What are the prospects for the future?
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 11:55
The Uskmouth conversion project – Europe’s largest end-of-waste project.

An outline of the world’s first coal fired to end-of-waste conversion, with details on combustion systems and fuel developments, hurdles to delivery and projected power production.


11:55 - 12:35
“Decarbonising” energy from waste with multi resource and energy outputs.

Can waste to energy reposition itself on carbon measures?
Is the future of waste to energy a mix of technologies and resource outputs?
What are the opportunities for regional development?
What role does EfW have to play in evolving circular economy systems?

12:35 - 13:10
Keynote: The investment environment – how concerns about climate change and sustainability are driving changes in investment decisions.

Public concerns about threats to the environment and social justice are growing globally. These phenomena are evident in the coverage of widespread public protests about climate change, inequality and human rights.  The demands for corporates, investment firms and asset managers to pursue more socially responsible investment is becoming ever stronger as people look to the investment community to deliver on the movement to a more sustainable future.
13:05 - 14:10

14:10 - 14:55

Stream 1 – High value outputs from ACTs – project updates

Partnerships for fuels and gasses – is this the future of the ACT market?
Keith Riley, Executive Director, Hydrogen Utopia International; speaker and session chair

An outline of the Enerkem Rotterdam Waste-to-Chemicals project, with updates on project development and future directions.
Discussion - the evolving situation for waste to fuels and waste to gas; the commercial and market opportunities and what is needed to maximise these. 

Stream 2 – Carbon reduction developments with established technology - game-changers?

Employing CCUS / CCS with energy from waste plants

The Twence EfW CCUS project - the economics, markets and outputs; integration into the plant and operations; the longer term outlook.

Innovative Carbon Capture for WtE - an outline of the CCS technology and its implementation; technical challenges and solutions.

Discussion and questions
15:00 - 15:30

Stream 2 - Feedstock developments

Alternative derived fuel production: technical and global market developments.
Keith Riley, Executive Director, Hydrogen Utopia International; speaker and session chair

Updates on the Teesside production facility; the technical and market development for SubCoal and other replacement fuels; technical challenges in both production and use and how these are overcome; economic and carbon measures; the impact of Brexit, import taxes and market development directions. 

Stream 1 - System optimisation for improved efficiency and output.

Optimizing electricity revenues from waste to energy plants (1)

Accessing best power prices for sale of energy.
Nature of contracts and what provides optimum returns for different types of plants.
Local authority linking of waste to local energy.
Future possibilities of energy storage, EV charging, etc.

Stream 3 - Resource production from waste processing

Project Esk: a mine stabilisation solution

Project Esk is an internal project developed in line with the company's long-term vision for sustainability.  Its overall objective is to contribute to the mine stabilisation solution by creating an Air Pollution Control Residues (APCr) block manufacturing facility within the Tees Valley and emplacing these blocks underground to stabilise the mine workings.

The project is gathering lots of external support and buy-in from key stakeholders as it involves a mining company seeking an economically viable mining / waste recovery solution to a mining problem.
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 16:35
Positive engagement and community liaison - a discussion panel to explore effective communication .
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK; President CIWM

What are the key messages about the benefits of waste to energy and how should these be presented?
What are the public’s primary concerns and how can these be resolved?
16:35 - 17:00
Chairman’s round up and close of conference
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK; President CIWM

Bringing together the themes of the last two days, the conference chairman and industry experts provide their views on the directions, challenges and opportunities for the waste to energy industry over the next ten to twenty years, as the drive to carbon zero picks up pace.