Programme

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Time Information
09:00 - 09:15
09:15 - 09:50
Keynote - Supporting the move to a low carbon and circular economy – the role of waste to energy
Paul de Bruycker, CEO, Indaver; President, CEWEP

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

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
Refreshments

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
Taliesin Maynard, Head of Waste and Recycling Infrastructure, Welsh Government
Angus Hamilton, Managing Director , Levenseat

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.
Ian Brooking, CEO, CoGen
Phil Piddington, MD, Viridor
Julia Watsford UK MD, UK MD , Wheelabrator Technologies
Thomas Obermeier, CEO , TOMM+C Management + Consulting; Honorary President, German Waste Association DGAW, Germany

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
Lunch

14:00 - 14:45

Stream 1 – Key factors for UK project delivery success

What are investors looking for in projects going forward?
Allan Vlah, Director, Infrastructure, Aviva Investors
James Samworth, , Greencoat Capital
David Harradine, Director, Project finance, ABN AMRO Bank NV
Jeff Gibbon, Director, Energy & Environmental Finance, Ernst & Young LLP; session chair

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, Operations Leader , HZI
Anita Lloyd, Director, Squire Patton Boggs
Mark Elliott, Technical Manager & Chairman of the Source Testing Association , Element Materials Technology
Keith Riley, Partner, BH EnergyGap; 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
Christophe Cord’Homme, Business and Products Development Director, CNIM
Jan Nilsson, EPC Sales, Biomass & Waste to Energy , BWSC
Phil Piddington, MD, Viridor
Ian Crummack, Managing Director, Cobalt Energy; Conference Chairman

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.
Edmund Fleck, Managing Director , Martin GmbH fur Umwelt-und Energietechnik
Edward Thomas, Head of Performance Improvement, Viridor
Keith Riley, Partner, BH EnergyGap; 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?
John Saunders, Investment Director and Head of HNDU (heat network delivery unit), The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Oliver Feaver, Policy Manager, Policy Connect
Ian Calvert, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy
Tim Rotheray, Director of Innovation and Regulations, Viridor; chairman, Heat Delivery stream

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
Refreshments

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)
Gillian Sinclair, Head of Development, UK Energy Division (GE+), FCC Environment
Ralf Schopwinkel, COO, Geminor
Daniel Smyth, Senior Director Major Projects, RPS Group
Martin McCaffery, Senior Vice President, Green Investment Group
Jeff Gibbon, Director, Energy & Environmental Finance, Ernst & Young LLP; session chair

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
Dr. Reto Strobel, Senior Process Engineer, Hitachi Zosen Inova
Nicolas Maertens, Sales & Business Development Manager, Keppel Seghers
Ian Crummack, Managing Director, Cobalt Energy; Conference Chairman

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
Morten Duedahl, Business Development Manager, DBDH
Ben Lynch, Associate Director, Energy Engineering, Anthesis
Nick Gosling, Group Sales & Strategy Director, Vital Energi
Tim Rotheray, Director of Innovation and Regulations, Viridor; chairman, Heat Delivery stream

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.
Charles Sheldon, Director, Infrastructure Team, Foresight Group
Dr Gerry Riley, Head of Business Development and Policy, RJM International
Martin Hopkins, Director , HighTorrs Ltd; Project Commercial Director, Velocys; speaker and session chair

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.
Deborah Sacks BSc MA MCIWM MRTPI MRICS, Waste and Resources Specialist, Renewable Energy Team, Department for International Trade
Tim Buisseret, Country Director, Department for International Trade, UK Government
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.
James Beal, Specialist, Renewable Energy Team , Department for International Trade
Tom Bainbridge, Founding Partner, Lux Nova Partners Limited
Tim Rotheray, Director of Innovation and Regulations, Viridor; chairman, Heat Delivery stream

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

Time Information
09:00 - 09:10
09:10 - 09:40
Minimising carbon in UK energy networks – what is the role of energy from waste?
Matt Hindle, Policy Director, Energy Networks Association

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?
Rachel Solomon-Williams, Head of Low Carbon Fuels, Dept for Transport, Dept for Transport
Dr Ausilio Bauen, Director, E4Tech

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.
Paco Hevia, MD, Amey Waste Treatment
Alex Miles, Director, Commercial Development (Europe), Enerkem
Nicholas Hannon, Head of Environment & Waste, Milton Keynes Council
Martin Hopkins, Director , HighTorrs Ltd; Project Commercial Director, Velocys; speaker and session chair

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
Refreshments

11:30 - 11:55
The Uskmouth conversion project – Europe’s largest end-of-waste project.
Timothy Cornelius, CEO, Simec Atlantis Energy

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.
Myles Kitcher, MD, Peel L&P Environmental Ltd
John Ferguson, EcoideaM Ltd , Binn Eco Park

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.
Chris Holmes, Partner, Foresight Group; Co-Lead Adviser to JLEN

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
Lunch

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?
Alex Miles, Director, Commercial Development (Europe), Enerkem
Stijn Effting, New Business Development Manager, Port of Rotterdam
Kirsty Salmon, Senior Advisor, New Energy Frontier Technologies, Biosciences & the Circular Economy, BP
Keith Riley, Partner, BH EnergyGap; 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
Ronald de Vries, Project Manager, Twence
Oscar Graff, Vice President and Head of CCUS, Aker Solutions
René de Schutter, BD & Sales Manager Energy & Environment, Bilfinger Tebodin Netherlands B.V.
Ian Crummack, Managing Director, Cobalt Energy; Conference Chairman

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.
Lars Jennissen, Chief Technical Officer, N+P Group
Keith Riley, Partner, BH EnergyGap; 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)
Tom Palmer, Managing Consultant, Cornwall Insights
Charles Ward, Director of Renewables and PPA, New Stream Renewables; session chairman

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
Sarah Arnold, Project Esk Business Manager, ICL Boulby
Ian Crummack, Managing Director, Cobalt Energy; Conference Chairman

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
Refreshments

16:00 - 16:35
Positive engagement and community liaison - a discussion panel to explore effective communication .
Morten Kramer Nielsen, Head of Communications , Amager Ressourcecenter
Ursula Taylor, Head of Legal and Governance , North London Waste Authority
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK; speaker and session chair

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
Ian Crummack, Managing Director, Cobalt Energy; Conference Chairman
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK; speaker and session chair

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.