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DAY 1 – 29 MARCH


Welcome – Chris HuhneChairman, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association 

10:35 – 11:00

Sponsored Keynote: Dr Espen Govasmark, Director of Department Research and Development, Antec – Increased Biogas Performance Under Challenging Operating Conditions in New Biofilm-Plug Flow Reactor


Modular systems that can start small and grow to meet demand, integrating a new process design that delivers a 75% increase in biogas production.

11:15 – 12:00

The New Frontiers for Biogas Processes and Technology


Research and innovation are the lifeblood of any industry. This expert panel will present the cutting-edge developments for optimising biogas use and production. 

Charlotte Marcel, Technical Strategy Lead, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (Chair)

Anna Alessi, Project & Communications Manager, Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) – An Overview of the Work of the BDC, at the Forefront of Developing the Bio-Circular Economy – and its Current R&D Portfolio in the Biogas Space

Philip Marr, AD consultant and manager of Brotherton iFarm, Agrii – Forage Crops for AD Biogas Plants: A summary of results from the Brotherton iFarm forage trials and biogas plant to aid decision making on feedstock choices and management practices

Alex Lee, Commercial Director, Cromwell Polythene – Food Waste, Which Bag is Best? An exploration of the pros and cons of using compostable and polythene liners to collect food waste

12:15 – 13:00

Nutrient Management with Digestate


The world is currently experiencing a global mineral fertiliser crisis, provoked by high energy prices, and farmers are acutely feeling the impact. Digestate is a ready replacement, and the EU is calling for farmers to shift to organic fertilisers wherever possible. This expert panel will present options for effectively incorporating digestate into a nutrient management plan sensitive to environmental need. 

Jo Goad, Policy Analyst, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association(Chair)

Dr. Keren Tadmor, Head of Microbiome Department, SGTech

Dr. Michael Wilkinson , Principal Environmental Consultant, Stopford

Dr Gary Lyons, Senior Scientific Officer, AFBI – Environmental Challenges & Potential Solutions for Improved Digestate Nutrient Management

13:15 – 13:45

The Role of the Energy Independent Farm in Meeting the COP26 Methane Pledge


In 2023, the world’s first biomethane-powered, energy independent farm was delivered by Bennamann in partnership with New Holland, enabling farmers to power their farm and fuel their tractors via fugitive methane emissions captured from the waste streams.

This talk will explore the global expansion of the biomethane-powered energy independent farm and its ability to facilitate the 30% methane emissions reduction committed to by 105 countries in the COP26 Methane Pledge. 

Leanne Williams, Lead Analyst, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (Chair)

Dr Chris Mann, Co-founder & CTO, Bennamann and Gilles Mayer, Global Head of Alternative Fuel Product Management, New Holland

14:00 – 14:45

Life Cycle Assessments of Biogas Production


Sustainability reporting, certification and measures to avoid emissions exceeding regulatory limits, this expert panel considers how to maximise revenues from plant optimisation 

Leanne Williams, Lead Analyst, World Biogas Association (Chair)

Lucy Montgomery, Senior Consultant, NNFCC – Sustainability Reporting – Process and Pitfalls: The requirements for sustainability reporting, the process, and the implications, as well as the most common pitfalls we have observed in the last 6 years

Finn Boykew, Sustainability Manager, Future Biogas – The Green Premium: Assessing the Benefits of Lowering Emission Intensity in Biomethane Production

Tim Elsome, General Manager FMBioenergy

15:00 – 15:45

Ireland – Potential, Ambition Delivery 


The European Commission has identified Ireland as the country in the EU with the highest potential per capita to produce biogas. The Irish Government has set up the ambitious target of delivering up to 5.7TWh of biomethane by 2030. This expert panel will present an overview of the Biogas and Biomethane sector in Ireland, including current and planned deployment, key regulatory aspects and funding opportunities available.

Chris Huhne, Chair, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (Chair)

Andrea Munoz Garcia, Lead on Ireland, NNFCC – An overview of the Biogas and Biomethane sector in Ireland, including current and planned deployment, key regulatory aspects and funding opportunities available

Yvette Jones, Renewable Gas Project Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

Seán Finan, CEO, Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) – Industry Perspective on the Requirements to Mobilise the Irish Biogas/Biomethane Sector: Seán will outline industry requirements to mobilise the sector in Ireland covering planning, policy, regulatory and supply chain challenges, and opportunities

16:00 – 17:00

Plant Optimisation

Charlotte Marcel, Technical Strategy Lead, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (Chair)

Rory Deledda, Global Product Manager Biogas Solutions, Air Products – Selecting the Right Membrane for the Job: Presentation on the general capabilities of the membrane and the markets where they can serve best. Further examples on how certain designs work and what their benefits are in terms of flexibility, costs and operation

Jean-Philippe Burtin, President, Biogaz Vallée /CEO, Boréa – Dynamism of the Biogas Labour Market in France: People, professionalism, recruitment and retention – the key ingredient to plant optimisation

Mhamed Bendaoud, Director of Operations, Biogas View – Optimising Your Anaerobic Digestion Site with Specialised Software: How digitalisation can help anaerobic digestion (AD) operators to optimise their processes and comply with regulatory requirements

Ian Hunter, General Manager Renewables, Camlin Group – Maximising Uptime and Efficiency in Biomethane Food-Waste Plants with Real-Time VOC Monitoring: We present our real-time VOC monitoring technology, BioSpec VOC, and show how the data from such systems can be used to protect and optimise the plant, thereby maximising profitability and enabling the full potential of food waste feedstocks to be realised

17:00 Close

DAY 2 – 30 MARCH


Welcome – Chris HuhneChairman, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association

10:05 – 11:00

Carbon Markets – AD’s New Frontier?


This expert panel will consider C02, the green carbon molecule, and how it can be tracked, traced and marketed.  

Leanne Williams, Policy Lead, World Biogas Association (Chair)

Nick Primmer, Policy Adviser, Future Biogas – CO2 Removals Certificates: Insight into accreditation and market for certificates, including the development of appropriate carbon methodologies

John Baldwin, Managing Director, CNG Services Ltd – The Increasing Demand for Bio-CO2: Presenting the bio-CO2 ladder and market pulls for bio-CO2 out to 2050

11:00 – 12:00

Biogas and the Digital Revolution


From power and gas purchase agreements to process control digital monitoring is playing an increasingly important role in biogas operations. This panel looks to the latest applications to boost revenue streams. 

Charlotte Marcel, Technical Strategy Lead, World Biogas Association (Chair)

Kristina Rabecaite, CEO and Founder, PPAYA Ltd – Power & Gas Purchase Agreements Incorporating Blockchain: Securing the best price for your energy in the current market

Gareth Selby, CTO and Co-Founder, Inclusive Energy – Digitising Last-Mile Biogas to Unlock Value: This presentation looks at the work of Inclusive Energy that has created digital monitoring and software solutions for small to medium scale biogas in the Global South. Through digitisation Inclusive Energy is able to bring the benefits of operations, maintenance and fault monitoring, payment services and access to carbon credits

Joshua Riddett, Founder, Easy Crypto Hunter – Cryptocurrency Mining on Renewable Energy: Up to £1.27/KWh: Cryptocurrency mining has been historically one of the most profitable ways to monetise your power generation. Easy Crypto Hunter prides itself on making the Cryptocurrency space ‘easy’ and accessible for investors with no prior knowledge

12:15 – 13:00

Emissions Control


This expert panel will consider the Industrial Emissions Directive and its implications for the biogas industry and consider robust leak detection and repair planning and execution to remain within regulatory limits.

Ewart Cox, MD, Assentech

Amanda Lake, Water Process lead for Europe, Jacobs Engineering

Steve Bungay, Technical Director – Wastewater Process Emissions, Mott MacDonald

13:00 Close


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