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DAY 1: 11th JULY

Speakers:

  • 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?

Speakers:

  • David Newman, President, WBA
  • Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez, Technical Lead – Food, Water & Waste Programme, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Dr Sarika Jain, Lead Author of “Urban Food Waste Management” Report

Campbell Keir, Director, Energy and Infrastructure, Department for International Trade

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.

Speakers:

  • Chair Innes McEwen, Head of Farming, Future Biogas
  • 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)
  • 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 a clean fuel for heavy transport such as buses and heavy goods vehicles, sectors where there are particular challenges to decarbonisation. Will the reformed Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, which came into effect in April, help grow the industry, attracting investment into biomethane for transport rather than biomethane for heat? What other policy incentives could there be?

Speakers:

  • Chair: Brad Douville, President, Greenlane Biogas
  • 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
  • Biomethane – the low carbon fuel for HGVs
    Rob Wood, Chief Executive, Gasrec
  • Latest developments for biomethane transport fuel
    Jonathan Hood, Senior Policy Officer – Low Carbon Fuels, Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Matt Edwards, Senior Policy Advisor, DfT
  • Biogas for transport: Earn additional income from your AD plant
    Will Llewellyn, Director, Red Kite Management Ltd
  • Biomethane: the total end-to-end solution for trucks and buses.
    Daniel Lambert, Commercial Director, Air Liquide advanced Business & Technology UK
  • Developing a transport market for biogas in Oslo
    Johnny Stuen, Technical Director, Waste-to-Energy Agency, City of Oslo

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?

Speakers:

  • Chair: David Newman, President, World Biogas Association, (WBA)
  • Patrick Serfass, Chief Executive, American Biogas Council
  • Susanna Pflüger, Secretary General, European Biogas Association (EBA)
  • Marco Ricci, Senior Project Manager, Italian Composting and Biogas Association (CIC)
  • Synergizing Bioenergy Investments in Africa.
    A.D Olabode, Consultant/President, African Biogas Association
  • Biogas in Latin America and Brazil: challenges and opportunities in a developing power
    Camila Agner D’Aquino, Executive Manager, Brazilian Association of Biogas and Biomethane (ABiogás)

DAY TWO: 12th JULY

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.

  • Chair: Richard Barker, Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital
  • An overview of the areas where performance improvement can be found
    Richard Barker, Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital
  • 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
  • The law of Mass Conservation in Organic Matter Plants
    Wilbert Smeets, Technical Director, S.E.S.A. SpA
  • Get the most from your AD plant – How to optimise your gas engine oil strategy!
    Sandy Reid-Peters, Senior Field Engineer, 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%?

Speakers:

  • Chair: Dr Alan Whitehead, MP and Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, Labour Party
  • Decarbonising the gas grid – what are the options?
    Matt Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association
  • Rolling out 5G energy: a view from the gas industry
    Nicolas Jensen, EU Affairs Officer, Eurogas
  • Transport & distribution of bio-methane for grid injection & low carbon mobility: innovation, challenges & opportunities
    Dr Enrique Troncoso, Strategy & BD Manager, Calvera
  • Balancing Green Gas Production and Usage – A Whole Network Approach
    Bethan Winter, System Operation Manager, Wales & West Utilities
  • RenovaBio: Government panorama and future strategies for Carbon reductions in Brazil
    Gustavo Motta, Biofuels Public Policy and Management Specialist, Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy

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

Speakers:

  • Chair: Anna Becvar, Managing Director, Earthcare Technical
  • Driving digestate markets – PAS110 as a vehicle
    Anna Becvar, Managing Director, Earthcare Technical
  • Characterisation of Digestate for use in agriculture
    Ryland Cairns, Director, Fontus Environmental
  • Economical and Agricultural benefits for farmers applying organic matter to soils
    Dr Alberto Confalonieri, Head of the Technical Committee, Italian Composting and Biogas Association (CIC)
  • Commercial digestate management
    Alex Monks, Business 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?

Speakers:

  • Chair: David Baxter, Head of Natural Economy, Eunomia
  • A new era for the wastewater sector
    Alison Fergusson, Principal Engineer, Ofwat
  • A water company perspective
    Simon Black, Biosolids Products Manager, Anglian Water Group
  • Paul Baxter, Director of Assured Biosolids Ltd (ABL), and Head of Bioresources at Severn Trent Water
  • David Tompkins, Bioresources Development Manager, Aqua Enviro
  • Time to mix food waste and wastewater in the UK: An Environment Agency perspective
    Mat Davis, Senior Adviser, Environment Agency (EA)
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