Programme

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Programme subject to change, updates ongoing.
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08:50 - 08:55
Conference organiser's welcome to Energy from Waste virtual 2021


09:00 - 09:10
09:10 - 09:30
Introduction
Gavin Graveson, Executive VP UK and Ireland, Veolia; ESA Chairman
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair


A brief overview of where the industry is; an analysis of the challenges it faces; an outline of industry developments and activities in addressing the challenges;  a  vision of what the future might look like.
09:35 - 10:00
Updates on heat decarbonisation plans and policy - how will these play out for the waste to energy sector?
John Saunders, Head of HNDU, BEIS
Ian Calvert, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy; Session chair


10:05 - 10:45
The investment appetite for energy from waste: short and long term considerations.
David Harradine, Executive Director, ABN AMRO Bank NV
Adrian Judge, Director, Tolvik Consulting
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair


The waste to energy market in the UK continues to grow, despite the challenges of 2020, and more plants are planned, but are there clouds on the horizon?  An analysis of the successes, opportunities, challenges and prospects for waste to energy investment.

The waste market – what’s changed?
Covid has impacted on volumes and composition; taxes and import constraints are affecting material flows, capacity is increasing -  what does it all mean for the waste to energy sector?
10:45 - 11:00
Refreshment break


11:00 - 11:20
Keynote address: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Rebecca Pow MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra, Rebecca Pow MP, ,
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair


Updates on government policy for resources management and waste treatment.  (title to be confirmed)
11:25 - 11:45
11:50 - 12:20
Managing the challenges - the local authority viewpoint of waste management going forward.
Steve Read, Chair of ADEPT Environment Board, Director of Environment and Public Protection, , West Sussex County Council
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair


An exploration of the pressures faced by local authorities post Covid, and how these might play out for waste management;  implications for budgets; the economics of collection, treatment and separation, whilst achieving policy aims; longer term effects on waste management planning and the impacts on waste to energy.
12:25 - 12:50
Feedstock developments
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd, speaker and session chair
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair


Providing a deep-dive into how waste is changing and what this means for the waste to energy industry.  Discussing both the short term, post Covid environment,  and longer term trends, this session looks at changes in volume, location, composition, flows, and CV measures, and analyses what the technical and economic implications of all this means for waste to energy operators.          
12:50 - 13:40
Lunch and networking break


Arrange meetings, visit exhibitor booths, make connections with fellow attendees, either on video links or via messaging.


Industry solutions 1  

13.10 – 13.25 
 Attracting and retaining talent – how to mitigate challenges in the Energy from Waste sector.
Terry Buckel, Managing Director, Astute Technical Recruitment


13:40 - 14:15

Project delivery

Gaining planning consent remains a key obstacle and is frequently the time when public concerns most come to the fore.
Natalie Maletras, Waste Infrastructure Lead, Stantec
Paul Davison, CEO, Proteus Communications Group
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK; Session chair


This session explores the factors that enabled certain recent projects to achieve successful consent, discusses what lessons can be applied to other developments, and considers what forms of engagement and information might bridge the gap between developers and community.

Heat network solutions

Securing a city led heat network–
George Munson, Senior Project Manager Sustainable Energy and Air Quality Resources and Housing,, Leeds City Council
Ian Calvert, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy; Session chair


A look at the Leeds' PIPES heat network and the reasons for its success: forward planning for clear partnerships and robust delivery structures. 
14:20 - 14:55

Project delivery

Ensuring permitting requirements are in line with BREF and BAT standards–
Ben Freeman, E&B Senior Advisor (Waste Incineration), Environment Agency
Dr Stewart Davies, Head of Technical Compliance, Viridor
Paul James, Director Energy, Waste, Environment, Industry , COWI – Energy International; CIWM Chair, Thermal Treatment Special Interest Group; Session chair


What will the new standards mean for the sector? The regulator and a plant operator discuss the details and what these will mean for plants in the UK,  but equally similar regulations will be applied to plants throughout Europe.

Heat network solutions

Local authority-based heat network delivery
Jayne Clare, Managing Director, Energetik
Jim Kendall, Managing Director, LondonEnergy
Ian Calvert, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy; Session chair


This session considers how to overcome the hurdles of heat network delivery
- developing contractual structures with numerous parties, including local authorities, the heat provider itself  etc
- securing funding and investment
- planning long term revenues and risk management
- technical elements of piping, delivery
- engaging and ensuring customer buy-in
15:00 - 15:15

Circular economy and resource recovery

European plastics material flows and value chains – commercial viability criteria for circular supply systems
Claudia Amos, Technical Director, Anthesis
Richard McKinlay, Head of Consulting, Axion; Session chair


15:15 - 15:50
Round table discussions and interest-focused networking


Round table 1: Standardkessel Baumgarte    
Risk allocation and risk mitigation in EPC contracts


Round table 2: Networking and discussion – achieving planning consent
Hosted by Natalie Maletras, Waste Infrastructure Lead, Stantec
15:50 - 16:25

Project delivery

Project delivery structures -
Siegfried Scholz, Managing Director, Standardkessel Baumgarte
Alex Young, Head of Development, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
Dr-Ing Ute Fleck, Head of Sales EPC, CNIM SA
David Cullen, Programme Director, North London Heat and Power Project, NLWA
Ian Crummack, MD, Cobalt Energy; Session chair


Are there models of project delivery that could reduce risks and provide positive contributions to current structures? Are new entrants in the market having an effect on how these arrangements are formed? 
Major project developers and EPC contractors discuss developments in this critical part of the industry.

Circular economy and resource recovery

Plastics - moving from the waste stream to the chemicals industry?
Adrian Griffiths, CEO, Recycling Technologies
Dr Stephen Wise, Director, Ceres EMC; session chair


Circular economy principles are driving much resource and waste strategy, and are seen as part of the route to net zero.  As waste streams become more separated and the fuels and chemicals industries look for alternative feedstocks, there are opportunities for advanced technical solutions for the plastics waste stream. 
But questions remain -
Are these systems technically and economically viable?
Securing waste streams and achieving correct feedstock quality  - what are the challenges and how can they be resolved?
The smaller scale, decentralised plants -  can sufficient scale-up or multiplication be achieved?
The new partnerships that are being forged - how robust are they, and do they provide the model for the waste industry of the future?
16:30 - 17:10

Growth markets

Market insight: Brazil
Yuri Schmitke A. Belchior Tisi, President of The Brazilian Association for Energy Recovery from Waste (ABREN), , President of Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (WtERT - Brazil)
Flavio Matos, MSc.,, Advisor of ABREN and Coordinator of WtERT Brasil,
André Tchernobilsky, CEO, ZEG Environmental and Advisor of ABREN
Christophe Cord’Homme, Business and Products Development Director, CNIM; Session chair


With legislation now in place to direct waste from landfill to waste treatment, Brazil is looking at developing a number of energy from waste plants around key cities, and with 36 mtpa required to be diverted from dumps or landfills by 2024, this is a sizeable potential market.

Project delivery

Achieving financial close - what will investors be looking for, going forward?
Tom Koltis, Executive Director, Corporate Development, Covanta
Martin McCaffery, Senior Vice President, Green Investment Group
Mike Thair, Group Business Development Director, Biffa
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair


Bringing together a range of parties from a successful financial project close, the speakers explore trends and developments in the market and the necessary responses to these to achieve a positive solution.
17:15 - 17:45

Industry discussion

The role of waste to energy - how should we employ it to maximise its benefits and value in the low carbon future?
Prof Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI), Head of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham.
Dr Stephen Wise, Director, Ceres EMC; session chair


Take part in the discussion, ask live questions and examine the opportunities for sector development.
With poll questions sponsored by
17:45 - 18:30
Focused networking session


Benefit from the virtual conference platform to "meet" with exhibitors and fellow attendees, using face to face video and chat facilities.  Take advantage of the platform's system to network with new contacts and fellow professionals across the global waste to energy industry.

Round table 1: Networking and discussion – waste to energy opportunities in Brazil
Hosted by Yuri Schmitke Almeida Belchior Tisi,  Andre Tchernobilsky and Flavio Matos
Time Information
08:00 - 08:30

Growth markets

The Australian waste to energy market – growth potential from an investor / developer view point.
Edward Nicholas, , Tribe Infrastructure Group
David Woolford MCIWM, Associate Director , Ricardo Energy & Environment; Session chair


08:30 - 08:50
Breakfast networking


08:50 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:30
09:35 - 10:25
10:30 - 11:10
The investment environment for waste to energy development in key regions-
Susan Goeransson, Director, Head of Infrastructure Europe, Sustainable Infrastructure Group, EBRD, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Lars Kruse, Director, Markets & Projects APAC, COWI
Hamza Al Jefri, General Manager, Waste to Energy, , Masdar Clean Energy, Masdar
Patrick Clerens, Secretary General, ESWET; Session chair


Europe - Susan Goeransson, Director, Head of Infrastructure Europe, Sustainable Infrastructure Group, EBRD, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Driven by a combination of domestic and wider EU policies, a number of regions are upgrading their waste management and treatment infrastructure, attracting investment into circular economy, waste treatment and waste to energy solutions.  Which regions look most attractive for investment and what financing structures achieve success?    Are most projects municipal based, or is there space for merchant developments?

United Arab Emirates and the Middle East  - Hamza Al Jefri General Manager of Sharjah Waste-to-Energy Company

APAC -
Lars Kruse, Director, Markets & Projects APAC, COWI
11:10 - 11:40
Refreshment break


11:40 - 12:30
Key markets: developments in RDF trade, the implications of Brexit, taxes, carbon measures and the Green Deal.
Dr Bärbel Birnstengel, Principal, Waste & Secondary Raw Material , Prognos AG
Ralf Schopwinkel, COO, Geminor
Robert Corijn, Chair RDF Industry Group and Marketing Manager , Attero
Mike Brown, Managing Director, Eunomia; Session chair


The RDF market is undergoing considerable change, with exports reducing from the UK, but new trade flows emerging, taxes being applied in some countries and not others.  This session features speakers from key European countries and explores how they see the market currently and how it will develop over the next couple of years.
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break and virtual networking


Visit exhibitor and sponsor booths - make connections, arrange meetings and have virtual "face to face" discussions to increase business networking.

Round table 1: Discussion and networking - opportunities in the APAC region for waste to energy 
Hosted by Lars Kruse, COWI

12.45 - 13.00  Small-scale Waste-to-Energy 
Modular concept for small-scale Waste-to-Energy by Sumitomo SHI FW
Frank Ligthart, Strategy and Business Development - Europe,  Sumitomo SHI FW (”SFW”)
13:30 - 13:55

Growth markets

A focus on CEE growth markets for waste to energy
Tibor Orbán, Deputy CEO (Technical) , Budapest District Heating Co.
Alojz Vlcko, Head of Mayor’s Office, City of Prievidza
Tomas Vorisek, Technical Director, SEVEn Energy, Czech Republic
Tim Buisseret, Country Director, Department for International Trade, UK Government; Session chair


A  number of central and eastern European countries are investing in waste and resource management and waste to energy .  This session provides an opportunity to find out more, make contacts and discuss market opportunities.

Hungary

Outlining the present state of W2E in Hungary, with a focus on Budapest.


Slovakia

The Upper Nitra coal region of Slovakia is undergoing tremendous change, with over 200 transformation projects on the list, compiled by the regional municipalities/representatives/entrepreneurs– ranging from  municipal waste processing (and other waste to energy projects) to transformation of coal-fired power plants and related environmental issues.

The Czech Republic

Waste-to-energy market and opportunities in the Czech Republic

Delivering complex projects

Development of a major, complex, multi-function project – a look at the Singapore Tuas IWMF
Benoit Englebert, Sales & Business Development Manager, Keppel Seghers
David Woolford MCIWM, Associate Director , Ricardo Energy & Environment; Session chair


Integrating one of the world’s largest and most advanced waste to energy plants with a water and sludge treatment plant, an anaerobic digestion plant and full recycling facilities, the Singapore IWMF illustrates the synergies between energy outputs and optimised resource  flows.
This session explores the development of the project, looking at the engineering challenges and multi-partner coordination.
14:00 - 14:30

Delivering complex projects

North London Heat and Power project - an update on a major project of resource recovery, waste treatment and heat network infrastructure
David Cullen, Programme Director, North London Heat and Power Project, NLWA
Paul James, Director Energy, Waste, Environment, Industry , COWI – Energy International; CIWM Chair, Thermal Treatment Special Interest Group; Session chair


The North London Heat and Power Project includes building a world-class Energy Recovery Facility and flagship recycling facilities to support NLWA’s ambitious recycling plans. 
The Energy Recovery Facility will be one of the most efficient and advanced facilities of its kind in the UK, and among the best performing in Europe.
The North London Heat and Power Project will be capable of exporting power to the national grid and providing heat to the Meridian Water Heat Network. It will provide enough energy to serve the needs of 127,000 homes – that’s equivalent to more than every household in the borough of Enfield.

Growth markets

Market insight: Poland
Adam Sabuda, Portfolio Manager, Alternative Fuels, Fortum Power and Heat Polska Sp.
Simon Thorne, Managing Director, Simon Thorne Consulting
Christophe Cord’Homme, Business and Products Development Director, CNIM; Session chair


With the transposition of EU environment legislation, Poland is building systems for circular economy, waste management and waste treatment activities.  Moves to reduce carbon will also come into play, creating market opportunities in a number of areas for waste treatment and waste to energy.
14:35 - 15:00

Circular economy and resource recovery

Carbon Capture & Sustainable APCr Treatment Solutions: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr Peter Gunning, Head of Research and Development, O.C.O Technology
John Whitehurst, Business Manager, Environmental Applications, Lhoist UK; Session chair


Carbon Capture and Utilisation is at the forefront of policy for many industries and together  with sustainable solutions for efficient waste treatment.  This session explores  the opportunities and challenges ahead that are enabling improved resource recovery and use of APCr and other ash streams.


14:35 - 14:50

Plant optimisation - digital systems

Improving plant performance and reducing downtime with advanced combustion performance monitoring
Matthias Lukic, CEO, Owner, Technikgruppe
Damir Zibrat, Business Development Manager, Technikgruppe
Dr Stephen Wise, Director, Ceres EMC; session chair


Practical results and theoretical explanations about Technikgruppe combustion optimisation systems.
Gain a greater understanding of the technical issues around combustion and examine the benefits of enhanced steam production, stabilised air flows and stabilised flue gas temperature to enhance overall performance.
14:55 - 15:10
15:10 - 16:00
Interest-focused round tables and networking break


Interest-focused round table rooms enable multi person video for further questions and more in-depth discussion.

Round table 1: Technikgruppe 
       
Combustion optimisation - practical examples and theory.

Round table 2: Dalkia Wastenergy   
The benefits of localised energy from smaller plants.

Round table 3: Market opportunities in CEE   
Hosted by Tim Buisseret, Country Director, Department for International Trade, UK Government and including speakers from Slovakia, this is an opportunity for further discussion, questions and networking.

16:00 - 16:25

Plant optimisation - revamping and upgrading

Case study: upgrading an ageing plant to lengthen its life and reduce maintenance costs
Matthias Mohr, Technical Director, ZVAWS, Germany
Detlev Huber, Senior Project Manager, Martin GmbH
Paul James, Director Energy, Waste, Environment, Industry , COWI – Energy International; CIWM Chair, Thermal Treatment Special Interest Group; Session chair


This  session examines the drivers behind revamping an older plant; the factors behind the work, the economics and returns of doing so and the lessons learnt. 

Growth markets

Successful project financing, international markets
Michele Dee, Regional Head, UK Export Finance
Natalia Mikołajczyk, Managing Associate , Linklaters Warsaw


UKEF – how we support and de-risk international trade activities
16:30 - 16:55

Plant optimisation - revamping and upgrading

Case study: upgrading an ageing plant to increase its electrical and heat output
Altay Koc, Engineer FH, ZAB, Switzerland
Christophe Cord’Homme, Business and Products Development Director, CNIM; Session chair


This ageing plant in Switzerland needed upgrading to meet domestic regulations on efficiency, so as part of a long term project of improvement, this case study examines the replacement of one of the lines, the flue gas cleaning system changing from wet to dry and a new building being created around the original plant to house the new, larger, facilities. 

Carbon capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage on waste to energy plants
Jon Christopher Knudsen, Chief Commercial Officer, Aker Carbon Capture


17:00 - 17:45
17:45 - 18:30
Networking session


"Meet" virtually with fellow attendees, and make connections that can aid business growth and development.
Time Information
08:00 - 08:40
Breakfast networking


08:40 - 08:55

Carbon capture and storage

Net Zero Teesside – development of the UK’s first decarbonised industrial cluster (title tbc)
Andy Lane, Managing Director, Net Zero Teesside, BP
Susanna Elks, Energy Policy Advisor, Energy Systems Catapult; Stream chair


09:00 - 09:30
09:35 - 10:00
10:05 - 10:30

Carbon capture and storage

Development of CCS in Fortum Oslo Varme
Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås, Director CCS (CO2 Capture and Storage), Fortum Oslo Varme AS
Susanna Elks, Energy Policy Advisor, Energy Systems Catapult; Stream chair


Technical aspects, partnerships and funding – exploring the challenge of financing CCS in the EfW sector.
10:35 - 11:00

Carbon capture and storage

CCS on a UK waste to energy plant -
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd, speaker and session chair
Susanna Elks, Energy Policy Advisor, Energy Systems Catapult; Stream chair


The first proposed UK project, sited on the Suez energy from waste plant at Teesside, will be part of the Net Zero Northeast cluster.  This session provides an opportunity to explore practical elements and financing structures.
title to be confirmed.
11:05 - 11:30

Carbon capture and storage

Development of the CCS industry (title tbc)
Luke Warren, Chief Executive, The Carbon Capture & Storage Association
Susanna Elks, Energy Policy Advisor, Energy Systems Catapult; Stream chair


Exploring the barriers and hurdles to development and how we overcome these; mitigating risks and developing revenue streams; understanding supply chains and encouraging investment (tbc)
11:30 - 11:45
Refreshment and networking break


11:45 - 12:10

Hydrogen development

Hydrogen development - what's the role for waste to energy?
Jean-Louis Kindler, CEO, Ways2H
John Hall, Director, Waste2Tricity; session chair


12:10 - 13:15
Interest-focused round tables and networking break


Round table 1   

O.C.O  - Carbon Capture & Sustainable APCr Treatment Solutions: Challenges and Opportunities
13:15 - 13:50

Industry discussion

Lessons learnt for the waste to energy industry from the Covid months
Ian Crummack, MD, Cobalt Energy; Session chair
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK; Session chair
Jarno Stet, Secretary, National Association of Waste Disposal Officers (NAWDO)
Edmund Fleck, Managing Director , Martin GmbH fur Umwelt-und Energietechnik; Session chair


Despite the trauma of the last year, the waste industry has continued heroically, and those on the front line have been acknowledged as key workers. 
The waste to energy sector has continued to perform a vital function, a number of new projects have reached financial close and plants in development have, in many cases, continued construction. 

What lessons can we share, in terms of system strengths and weaknesses, back up and contingency planning, risk management, etc, which can help the sector develop robustness and resilience going forward?
13:55 - 14:00
Close of conference