2020 Agenda

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Tuesday April 28, 2020 Morning

Welcome Remarks from Rethink Events
Keynote: A welcome address from the UK highlighting business opportunities in waste to energy
Industry Leaders’ Debate: Capitalising on the current global market boom - the role of waste to energy in tackling the waste crisis and meeting climate change targets
  • How can the waste to energy industry capitalise on the current scenario of a growth in waste output and increased climate change action and promote itself as a critical part of the solution?
  • Why is public perception of waste to energy so poor, what strategies could improve this and what success stories could we learn from?
  • Which new markets present the greatest opportunities for waste to energy and why?
  • What is the outlook for already established markets and what can be done to increase viability?
International Market Opportunities: Reports on new waste to energy infrastructure projects in emerging markets
  • Showcasing projects in Asia
Networking Coffee Break
Investor Debate: Defining the current appetite for investment in waste to energy
  • Combustion plants remain a bankable technology but are the commercial models supporting it beginning to stretch the boundaries? What is the current appetite for investing in combustion plants and is liquidity set to improve with investors seeking non fossil-fuel projects?
  • Are projects still viable without a long-term waste supply contract or subsidies?
  • Is a continued low risk approach from bank stymieing innovation in the sector? What is an investor’s view on combustion v. gasification?
  • What are the challenges of asset valuation in the sector and how can we rethink the traditional approach?
  • Taking a longer-term view, how can a balance be achieved between fundability and innovation or economies of scale and location?
Innovation Showcase: Waste to Resources

New technology breakthroughs in areas including:

  • Plasma gasification for lightly sorted single-stream MSW and hazardous waste
  • Advances in carbon capture such as Co2 to proteins for animal feed
  • Waste to high value chemicals
  • Pyrolysis and recovered carbon projects
Networking Roundtables

Delegates break into roundtable discussion groups, each focused on a business-critical issue within waste to energy and hosted by an industry leader – bring lots of business cards!

Networking Lunch

Tuesday April 28, 2020 Afternoon

Rethinking Partnership Models and Risk Sharing: Exploring a collaborative approach to project success

How can we rethink our approach and effect more collaboration and shared risk between owners and EPC contractors?

  • What are the drivers behind the current model and the effects on each party?
  • This is a particular issue in the UK. What can we take from other countries’ approaches and can international players shake up the status quo?
  • Should we move towards target price contracts not fixed price or fixed term?
  • Could a change of approach create better competition and a healthier marketplace?
  • There are so many mutual challenges in getting projects over the line. What can we learn from each other and what is the vehicle for sharing that information?
Gasification: A new wave of projects

Many remain unconvinced on the future of gasification because of lower power yields, however the potential for resource output is far greater. With many new projects going ahead, this panel will evaluate the business case, challenges and success stories.

  • What kinds of plants and waste are most suited to gasification and what are the benefits over combustion?
  • Why are some markets more successful than others?
  • Which projects are now underway and what have been the highs and lows for those who have pioneered?
  • Where is the true potential of gasification? How great is the opportunity to contribute to the decarbonisation of industries such as transport and aviation and recycling of plastic?
  • What incentives would help accelerate growth in this area?
Networking Coffee Break
International Market Opportunities: Reports on new waste to energy infrastructure projects in emerging markets
  • Showcasing projects in Eastern Europe
Transport Fuel: Could this be the most valuable resource to be produced from waste?

With no combustion engines from 2050 and battery development for HGVs and public transport networks slow off the mark, the market for green fuels is huge. In addition, the aviation sector, as one of the largest carbon emitters, is under increased pressure to clean up its act and electrification is a long way off.

  • Where does renewable fuel fit alongside the push towards electrification?
  • The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation incentive is helping to support this sector. How does it work and are there any future changes proposed?
  • How do the economics work? What are the revenue streams and markets for outputs?
  • Which products give the most added value? Is hydrogen the most diverse?
  • What is the comparison with standard fuel in terms of GHG emissions and key pollutants?
  • What is the appetite for uptake with haulage companies and transport networks?
  • Is this the only answer for reducing carbon in aviation emissions in the mid-term?
  • Where are the success stories and what is the 10-year outlook for technologies, market opportunities and uptake?
Closing Keynote Address: Energy innovation and the potential for waste to energy
Networking Drinks

Day Two — Wednesday April 29, 2020 Morning

Welcoming Remarks from Rethink Events
Keynote Address: A global perspective on the long-term future of waste to energy
Regulation: Analysis of the current commercial and policy landscape in the UK, Europe and globally

Developing a long-term view and stable policies is key to security and investment. What is on the horizon for waste to energy?

  • What best incentivises waste conversion into energy and/or other resources?
  • Setting ambitious targets is often not enough. What are the challenges for ensuring governments and industry can deliver?
  • How crucial is strategic siting? Are heat network connections and co-location with recyclers and sorters the answer to community and industry collaboration? Why have some countries pursued this and not others?
  • International approaches and successes: What can we learn and how transferrable are policy models?
  • Is there appetite in other countries for a wholesale legislative change such as the Swedish incineration tax and the Netherlands RDF import tax?
International Market Opportunities: Reports on new waste to energy infrastructure projects in emerging markets
  • Showcasing projects in the Middle East
Networking Coffee Break
BREF Regulations: Assessing the impact on the industry
Innovation Showcase: Optimising waste to energy operations

With the waste to energy sector carving out its role in the circular economy and European BREF regulations and other global standards being set, now is the time for the industry to pursue innovations that will enable cleaner, greener waste to energy conversion.

Snapshots from technology providers demonstrating ground-breaking advances in areas including:

  • Flue gas treatment
  • Treatment for fly ash
  • Construction products from MSW fly ash
  • Emissions reduction
  • Carbon capture and re-use
  • Turning low-grade heat into electricity
Project Finance and Investment: New approaches to funding downstream plants

Looking at more innovative approaches to funding in higher stakes and unproven markets.

  • What is the current level of appetite for investment in climate change innovations? Which innovations and projects have now broken new ground?
  • What are the challenges: Asset valuation, lack of subsidies and fixed contracts, or unproven technologies?
  • Are banks and private equity softening risk criteria? Who is investing and what blends of finance work well?
  • Can we expect to see a change in investment patterns in the next 5-10 years?
Networking Lunch

Day Two — Wednesday April 29, 2020 Afternoon

SRF and RDF Market: A summary of trends and risks
  • What are the current market trends?
  • What is the outlook for the future; the impact of Brexit and the circular economy agenda?
International Market Opportunities: Reports on new waste to energy infrastructure projects in emerging markets
  • Showcasing projects in Australia
Addressing the Plastics Issue: The role of advanced conversion technologies in tackling the global plastics crisis

With a rising tide of anti-plastic sentiment, change is afoot in all areas of the plastic supply chain.

  • With an array of technologies available, what progress is being made and where are the success stories?
  • What’s the outlook/timeframe for these technologies becoming a mainstream? What will be the tipping point?
  • How do the economics work?
  • Where are the feedstocks coming from? Are we seeing a greater demand? Can pre-sorting be funded through producer responsibility schemes?
  • What is the impact on calorific value of taking plastics out of MSW? Is there a willingness to collaborate?
  • What changes are we seeing in packaging? What impact will that have?
Innovation Case Study: Plastics
Closing Keynote: A summary of the short-term prospects and trends for waste to energy
Close of summit