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DAY 1: 11th JULY


  • Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)
  • David Newman, President, World Biogas Association (WBA)

The World Biogas Association and C40 Cities have worked in partnership to publish a report into global prevention, collection and treatment of food waste. This panel session will review the report findings and discuss the next steps: how can C40 Cities and WBA provide further support for urban waste managers needing to implement its recommendations?


  • David Newman, President, WBA
  • Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez, Technical Lead – Food, Water & Waste Programme, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Dr Sarika Jain, Policy and Research Manager, WBA

With volatile food prices and uncertainty over trade and import tariffs following Brexit, energy-generating AD plants are a good way of diversifying farm income and reducing cost. But with subsidies continuing to fall, questions remain as to how to make On-farm AD financially viable. This session will explore a range of novel ideas, from innovation in digestate to filling stations for biomethane vehicles.


  • How anaerobic digestion can drive farm productivity and diversification
    Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, National Farmers Union (NFU)
  • Stefan Jimenez Wisler, Land Use Policy Adviser, Country Land and Business Association Limited (CLA)
  • Innes McEwen, Head of Farming, Future Biogas
  • Mark Howell, Global Product Manager Alternative Fuels & Telehandlers, New Holland Agriculture
  • Charlie Fillingham, Managing Director, Strutt and Parker
  • John Burgess, Maize & Hybrid Rye Product Manager, KWS UK

Biomethane is an ideal clean fuel for heavy transport such as buses and heavy goods vehicles, which has proven difficult to decarbonise. With fewer grants for biomethane buses expected following the introduction of Ultra Low Emission Bus funding, will the reformed Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation help grow the industry and attract investment into biomethane in transport or are other policy levers or commercial interventions required?


Biomethane – the low carbon fuel for HGVs
Rob Wood, Chief Executive, Gasrec

A new paradigm shift with the release in model year 2018 of 3 brand new heavy goods vehicles fully compatible with 100% biomethane
Brad Douville,
President, Greenlane Biogas

Jonathan Hood, Senior Policy Officer – Low Carbon Fuels, DfT, tbc
Will Llewellyn, Director, Red Kite Management Ltd
A representative of: Air Liquide advanced Business & Technology UK

How are countries around the world attracting investment in AD? This panel session will look at the drivers currently supporting AD growth, regional common barriers to AD, and some of the most successful solutions to overcome these. Which countries and regions are expecting the highest levels of AD growth and investment?


  • Chair: Dr Sarika Jain, Research and Policy Manager, World Biogas Association, (WBA)
  • Patrick Serfass, Chief Executive, American Biogas Council
  • Susanna Pflüger, Secretary General, European Biogas Association (EBA)
  • Synergizing Bioenergy Investments in Africa.
    A.D Olabode, Consultant/President, African Biogas Association


New technologies and a better understanding of the process are enabling operators to reach higher levels of efficiency in the performance of their plants. This session will explore some of these new technologies and processes, assessing the scale of improvements being achieved.

  • Improved biogas quality as a result of a controlled calcium nitrate dosage in anaerobic fermenters revealed by molecular analyses.
    Dr Marina Ettl, Application and Product Development Director, Yara GmbH & Co.
  • Optimisation of the 3-stage membrane process.
    Dr Juergen Kube, Head of Technology, Future Biogas
  • Richard Barker, Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital
  • Wilbert Smeets, Technical Director, SESA Este
  • A representative of :  ExxonMobil

Decarbonising the gas grid is essential to the UK meeting its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, but progress so far has been slow. Biomethane could be the ideal solution, as it doesn’t require changes to the existing infrastructure, but the AD industry currently only produces a small portion of his potential. How can the AD industry reach its full capacity and what other green gases could be added to the mix, to reach 100%?


  • Chair: Dr Alan Whitehead, MP and Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, Labour Party
  • Matt Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association
  • Rolling out 5G energy: a view from the gas industry
    Nicolas Jensen, EU Affairs Officer, Eurogas
  • Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK, tbc
  • Transport & distribution of bio-methane for grid injection & low carbon mobility: innovation, challenges & opportunities
    Dr Enrique Troncoso, Strategy & BD Manager, Calvera

This session will explore how to add value to your plant’s output through correct usage, management, marketing and commercialisation of digestate and through installing a biorefinery. Experts will also look at how can we cut the cost of handling digestate.


  • Characterisation of Digestate for use in agriculture
    Ryland Cairns, Director, Fontus Environmental
  • Driving digestate markets – PAS110 as a vehicle
    Anna Becvar, Managing Director, Earthcare Technical
  • Economical and Agricultural benefits for farmers applying organic matter to soils
    Dr Alberto Confalonieri, Head of the Technical Committee, Consorzio Italiano Compostatori
  • Alex Monks, Project Development Manager, BioWatt
  • Dr Francis Rayns, Research Fellow in Organic Soil Fertility, Coventry University

The UK is currently one of the few countries where food waste isn’t mixed with wastewater for AD treatment. Regulators are, however, looking at relaxing this rule. If this happens, what will be the impact on availability of feedstock for existing plants? Will non water companies really look to enter the sewage market and will it make a difference to cost? What will happen to AD assets at the end of the Renewable Obligations Scheme?


  • Alison Fergusson, Principal Engineer, Ofwat
  • Paul Baxter, Director of Assured Biosolids Ltd (ABL), and Head of Bioresources at Severn Trent Water
  • David Baxter, Head of Natural Economy, Eunomia
  • David Tompkins, Bioresources Development Manager, Aqua Enviro
  • Time to mix food waste and wastewater in the UK: An Environment Agency perspective
    Matthew Davis, Technical Advisor – Soil Protection, Environment Agency (EA)
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