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Day One — May 23, 2017 Morning

Circular Success: How Achievable is the Circular Economy?

On January 26, 2017, The European Union published its communication on “The Role of Waste-to-Energy in the Circular Economy”. The document offers guidance on the positioning of different waste-to-energy processes in the waste hierarchy, while identifying the technology and processes which currently hold the greatest potential to optimise energy and material outputs. This panel debate will reflect on the implications of this document for the waste-to-energy market while poising the following questions:

– As industry shifts towards greater circularity, what are the key opportunities and challenges for the valorisation of waste streams into chemicals, materials and fuels?
– Will the UK adhere to the EU Circular Economy Package post-Brexit and where is the scope to develop new circular economy business models independent of the EU?
– How have financing and funding initiatives been effective in helping member states reach targets, accelerate technological innovation and implement circular economy projects?
– How are leading authorities and waste management companies planning for and effectively integrating closed loop solutions and facilities into their strategies?

Session Chair:
Roy Hathaway, European Policy Advisor, Environmental Services Association

Wayne Hubbard, Chief Operating Officer, London Waste and Recycling Board, UK
Laura Busato, Advisor, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank, LUXEMBOURG
Jeff Rhodes, Head of Environment & External Affairs, BIFFA, UK
Felipe Urbano de Saleta, Director, Head of Business Development, Communications and External Affairs, FCC Environment, SPAIN

Brexit Means Brexit, but What Does this Actually Mean for the Waste Market?

– What impact has the announcement of Brexit had on the European waste and energy market?
– How has Brexit affected the UK’s RDF export market and will we see opportunities emerging to develop additional EfW infrastructure to use RDF locally for energy generation?
– In spite of market uncertainty, what ACT and conventional EfW projects have been successfully announced since Brexit? Will Brexit be the catalyst for ACT?

Session Chair:
Mike Brown, Managing Director, Eunomia, UK

James Samworth, Partner, Foresight Group, UK
Richard Howard, Head of Environment & Energy Unit, Policy Exchange, UK
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery, UK
Alan Cumming, Capital Projects and Engineering Director, Viridor, UK

Networking Coffee Break
A European Agenda: Serbia, Czech Republic and Turkey

– How are countries across Europe incorporating waste to energy as part of their waste management strategies?
– What new markets are emerging and where are we seeing the greatest opportunities for growth?

Session Chair:
Mike Brown, Managing Director, Eunomia, UK

Snezana Bondzic, Assistant Director of Waste Management Office, Secretariat for Environmental Protection, City of Belgrade, SERBIA
Jaromír Manhart, Director of Waste Management, Ministry of the Environment, CZECH REPUBLIC
Fatih Hoşoğlu, Operations Manager, ISTAC, TURKEY

Analysing CfDs and Alternative Funding Incentives as Effective Pathways to Project Delivery

– With the latest round of CfDs underway, is the pot for ACT sufficient and how effective will it be in bringing projects to financial close?
– How successful were the last rounds of CfDs and RO in supporting the development of first large-scale energy from waste facilities? What projects are emerging as a result?
– What W2E projects are being developed outside of CfDs? Can CfDs be used to incentivise syngas, chemical and fuel production? Are schemes such as RHIs more attractive for developing syngas?
– Is this new wave of projects generating interest from the investment community?

Session Chair:
Frank Gordon, Senior Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy Association, UK

Neil McDermott, CEO, Low Carbon Contracts Company, UK
Peter MacLaren, Director, Levenseat, UK
Richard Burgess, Deputy Managing Director, Spencer Group, UK
Keith Riley, Partner, BH EnergyGap, UK

Roundtable Discussion Sessions

Delegates break into small discussion groups hosted by an industry leader to debate some of the critical issues affecting the industry.

Networking Lunch Break

Day One — May 23, 2017 Afternoon

Advancing Towards the Decarbonisation of Gas

Rolf Stein, CEO, Advanced Plasma Power, UK

Concept to Commercialisation: Deriving High-Value Fuels and Chemicals from Waste

– What advancements are we seeing in the waste to jet fuel market? Who is proving to be a fly away success in sustainable aviation?
– What partnerships are emerging between technology providers and the pharmaceutical/chemical industries and who has achieved success in producing high-value chemical feedstock?
– What are the main challenges experienced by technology providers when scaling and commercialising solutions to produce high value outputs? How can we bridge the gap between demonstration plants and realising commercial application of technology?
– How can industry and government work together to incentivise and support the adoption of these new approaches?

Session Chair:
Jeremy Tomkinson, CEO, NNFCC, UK

Alex Miles, Director, Commercial Development, Enerkem, UK
Carl Wolf, VP Europe, LanzaTech, USA
Zeb Ahmed, Managing Director, Bouygues Energies & Services, UK

Tackling the Skills Shortage: Do We Have the Talent to Build the New Wave of ACT Projects?

Terry Buckel, Managing Director, Astute Technical Recruitment, UK

Networking Coffee Break
In the Spotlight: Case Studies of Innovation in Advanced Conversion Technology

Session Chair:
Paul Winstanley,Project Manager,ETI, UK

Kamal Kalsi, CEO & Chief Technology Officer, SynTech Bioenergy, USA
Nobuhiro Tanigaki, Chief Technical Manager, Nippon Steel, JAPAN
Ari Kokko, Director of Technology, Research & Development, Valmet, FINLAND

Finance Panel: Assessing Risk in the Face of Market Uncertainty

– What are the implications of Brexit on the waste-to-energy market? How are investors managing technical risk and what is their perception of the waste to energy industry going forward?
– Have recent project failures affected investor confidence in the waste sector?
– How should developers structure projects to appeal to equity or senior debt lenders and which financing structures are required to secure investment?
– Where is the greatest opportunity for returns? What trends are we seeing within the investment community in terms on new players entering the market?

Session Chair:
James Snape, Partner, CMS, UK

Chris Holmes, Head of Waste and Bioenergy, UK Green Investment Bank, UK
Stefan Rattensperger, Director, Power and Infrastructure Finance, Investec , UK
Hamish McPherson, Partner, Aurium Capital Markets, UK
Jonathan Bova,Associate Director – Transactions, Hancock Renewable Energy Group, USA
Kwong-Wing Law,Regional Head of Project Finance, Natixis, UK

Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — May 24, 2017 Morning

Innovating Towards a Low Carbon and Renewable Future

Nicholas Pollard, CEO, Cory Riverside Energy, UK

The Development Debate: Determining Critical Success Factors for ACT Projects

In light of recent project failures, industry leaders delve deep into key delivery milestones, the measures that need to be taken to ensure projects reach financial close and how to overcome hurdles at execution. Debate will focus on the main factors that the affect the viability of new ACT projects including project structure and financial models, gate fees, feedstock and technology selection. Also on the agenda, is the viability of ACT without government incentives.

Session Chair:
Nick Dawber, Director, Dawber Renewables, UK

Brett Ross, CEO, RiverRidge Energy UK, UK
Ian Brooking, CEO, CoGen, UK
Hisanori Shimakura, Professional Engineer, Kobelco, JAPAN

Collaborative Workshop: Mapping the Route to Waste-to-Energy Project Success

Delegates will break into small groups facilitated by an industry expert. Each group will work together to map the critical success factors for developing and implementing waste-to-energy projects, in addition to identifying the main measures that need be taken to drive the industry forward. The discussion will focus on five key areas including; Incentives, Technology Selection, Feedstock Considerations, Financing Mechanisms and Outputs.

Networking Coffee Break
Insight into Global Markets: Singapore, Africa, Vietnam, Australia

Session Chair:
Chindarat Taylor, Founder and Director, Resource Efficiency Pathway, UK/THAILAND

Ian Malouf, Managing Director, DADI Group AUSTRALIA
Minh Nguyen Van,  Deputy Director, Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate ChangeMinistry of Natural Resources and Environment, VIETNAM
Jean Francois Guillon, Managing Director, Africa Renewables, UK
Vaneeta Bhojwani, Deputy Project Director, Waste & Resource Management Department, National Environment Agency, SINGAPORE

Day Two — May 24, 2017 Afternoon

Focus on China: Critical Needs and International Opportunities

– How are major Chinese waste to energy players looking to strengthen and diversify their portfolios across Europe?
– Which markets are most attractive for Chinese investment and acquisition?

Thomas Obermeier, Head of Business Development, EEW Energy from Waste, GERMANY

Unlocking Opportunities for Growth in International Markets

– Which international markets offer the most attractive risk and return profiles and growth opportunities for investors? Are investors looking at new markets with trepidation or confidence?
– With developing countries struggling to balance increasing municipal waste volumes with overstretched budgets, feasible and cost-effective solutions are in demand. How can the industry tailor their business models to access opportunities and enable success in these markets? How pivotal is the role of revenue generation from resource recovery in this process?
– What new approaches are arising between private waste operators/contractors, investors and municipalities to strengthen the solid waste management framework and technical and institutional expertise in international markets?

James Michelsen, Senior Industry Specialist – Solid Waste, IFC, USA
Christel Bourbon-Séclet, Senior Investment Officer, Proparco, FRANCE
Carlos Afonso, Director, Head of Corporate Development and Concessions, FCC Environment, SPAIN
Alexander Alting von Geusau, Managing Director, Head of Utilities & Renewables, ING Wholesale Banking, UK

Concluding Remarks and Close of Summit


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