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DAY 1: 11th JULY

With biomethane an ideal solution for decarbonising public transport and reducing air pollution, many cities around the world have introduced biomethane buses to their fleets. This session will provide case studies to demonstrate the environmental and commercial benefits of biomethane buses.

Speakers:

  • Gary Mason, Engineering Director, Nottingham City Transport
  • tbc

Plant efficiency starts from what is put into the digester at the beginning of the process; this session will look at ways to optimise feedstock to increase yields and reduce processing times, whilst also producing better-quality gas and digestate.

Speakers:

  • Optimising your AD plant – keeping your bugs happy
    Avril Banks, Director at Ab-En Ltd (Environment & Energy) and Chair of CIWM Biowaste SIG
  • Grit & Inert Contamination of AD Feed Materials
    Ryan O’Loan, Business Development Manager, CD Enviro

Many believe that decarbonising transport in the UK will require a transition to biomethane vehicles. One of the main barriers to this is the absence of adequate refueling infrastructure. What can be done to encourage the installation of more biomethane fueling stations?

Speakers:

  • Gert-Jan Rap, International Sales Manager, Hexagon Xperion GmbH
  • Arthur Robertson, Marketing Manager, Scotia Gas Networks (SGN), tbc
  • Tbc, Cadent
  • Tbc, National Grid

Climate change and related extreme weather events will have an enormous impact on humanity and the environment worldwide. What specific impacts may climate change have on the AD industry? Will increasing floods require changes to tank infrastructure? Will land spreading be affected?

Speakers:

  • Chair: Dr. David Tompkins, Head of Knowledge Exchange & Innovation, AquaEnviro
  • Tina Benfield, Technical Manager at Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
  • Dr. Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, NFU
  • Amaya Arias-Garcia, Technical Director, Goals Project Management & Engineering support
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation prospects using alternative crops for AD.
    Dr Mary Dimambro, Managing Director, Cambridge Eco

We know that AD can help achieve nine of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, but what steps need to be taken for this to happen?

Speakers:

  • Dr Sarika Jain, Research and Policy Manager, World Biogas Association (WBA)
  • Alex Marshall, Group Marketing & Compliance Director, Clarke Energy
  • Ricardo Cepeda, Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez, Technical Lead – Food, Water & Waste Programme, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, tbc

The UK, like many other countries, has commitments, targets and regulations in place to reduce pollution. Two potential pollutants associated with AD and the application of digestate to land are nitrate and ammonia, both of which are the subject of policy and regulatory attention. This session will explore the rules currently implemented in the UK to reduce ammonia emissions to air and protect areas designated as Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. The session will also consider available technologies and practices, examine their effectiveness and ask how they could be improved in the future to ensure the AD sector maximises its environmental benefit.

Speakers:

  • Jess Allan, Environment and Regulation Manager, ADBA
  • Prof Dave Chadwick, Professor of Sustainable Land Use Systems, Bangor University, tbc
  • Where and how to reduce ammonia emissions from digestate.
    Dr Stephen Temple, Director, J F Temple & Son
  • Tbc, Environment Agency

DAY TWO: 12th JULY

Once an AD plant starts generating profits, it makes sense to refinance it to secure lower interest rates. In this session experts will provide advice on how to navigate the intricate but rewarding practice of refinancing, as well as on how to successfully sale an operating plant.

Speakers:

  • Cath Anthony, Partner, Bidwells
  • Chris Holmes, Director, John Laing Environmental Assets Group
  • Mark Heuff, National Director – Energy and Infrastructure Advisory, JLL
  • Nick Churchward, Partner, Head of resource and waste management team, Burges Salmon, tbc

We have all heard of the circular economy, but what does it mean really? This session will feature case studies demonstrating how the circular economy can be applied to everyday life and business.

Speakers:

  • Richard Stark, New Product Development and Innovation Manager, AB Agri, tbc
  • Freek van Eijk, Managing Director, Acceleratio B.V, tbc
  • Andrew Billie, Director, Vale Green Energy, tbc

Recently we have seen the development of new best practice and certification schemes in the AD industry, which will help AD be a responsible and trusted sector. This panel will look at why different countries are developing such schemes. What are the similarities and differences between approaches in Europe and the US?

Speakers:

  • Jess Allan, Environment and Regulation Manager, ADBA
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council, (ABC)
  • Tbc, Engie
  • Tbc, Biogas done right

The UK electricity network is undergoing considerable change that will impact the price paid for renewable electricity generation. Join this session to hear from experts on the reforms being proposed, how they may affect your revenue, and the innovative solutions that will help you get the most from the power you generate.

Speakers:

  • Frances Warburton, Partner, Energy Systems Integration, Ofgem, tbc
  • Olly Frankland, project manager – heat and built environment lead, Regen SW
  • Private wire power purchase agreements (PPAs)
    Stuart Urquhart, Legal director, LTL Solicitors
  • Erik Nygard, CEO & Co-Founder, Limejump, tbc

At a time of rising regulatory charges and continued scrutiny of the environmental risks of AD plants, this session will tackle the most pressing issues in this area, including loss of containment, odour, and emissions to air. A must-attend session for all operators, the expert panel will provide top tips for managing these risks – helping you protect your business as well as the environment.

Speakers:

  • Professor Sandra Esteves, Professor, University of South Wales
  • Environmental Risk – Foaming, Spills and Gremlins
    David Woolgar, Consultant, David Woolgar Consulting
  • Dave Preston, Project Manager, Environment Agency, tbc
  • Darren Bland, Director, Containment Quality Associates International
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