2019 Agenda

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Tuesday May 21, 2019 Morning

8:55
Welcome Remarks
9:00
Leveraging Policy to Open Up New Market Opportunities and Boost Profitability

The right government policy at the right time can have a huge impact on opportunity and profitability in the sector. Of course, the opposite can be true too, where either bad policy – or no policy at all – has the power to kill off projects or stifle essential progress. Our panel of global industry leaders explore:

– In which markets are developments in policy driving the industry forwards?

– What needs to be in place from a regulatory standpoint to incentivise waste conversion to energy and resources, especially as we move away from subsidies?

– Where can the biggest improvements be made? Who needs to lead the way?

Session Chair:
James Court, Head of Policy & External Affairs, RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION, UK
Speakers:
Adam Read, External Affairs Director, SUEZ RECYCLING AND RECOVERY UK, UK
Hazel Schofield, Head of Low Carbon Fuels Regulation, Low Carbon Fuel, UK DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT, UK
Thomas Obermeier, President, GERMAN ASSOCIATION FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT, Germany
Jaromír Manhart, Director of Waste Management, MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT, Czech Republic
Carlos Afonso, Director, Head of Corporate Development and Concessions, FCC ENVIRONMENT, Spain

9.45
New Project Opportunities (and Challenges) in International Markets

– Australia: Alfons Juan Tomás, Director Of Business Development, ACCIONA INDUSTRIAL

– Malaysia: Ho De Leong, Chairman, WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (WMAM)

– Poland and Eastern Europe: Roland Ramusch, Principal Specialist Solid Waste Sustainable Infrastructure Group, EUROPEAN BANK OF RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

10:45
Networking Coffee Break
11:15
Banks, Private Equity and Sovereign Wealth – Where Are the Funds Flowing From?

– What kinds of waste to energy projects are bankable in today’s market? Which projects are attracting finance, and who is backing them?

– Private equity funds are becoming more averse to risk – what is happening here? Is blended finance the answer to get the more innovative projects off the ground?

– How should risk be distributed and what does the future of financing waste to energy look like?

– Are banks softening their risk criteria? What impact could this have on the industry?

– With subsidy programmes running their course and coming to a close, what does this mean for the next 5 to 10 years of financial modelling?

Session Chair:
Bryony Collins, Editor, BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE, UK
Speakers:
Beth Watkins, Director, FORESIGHT GROUP, UK
Matthew Edgar, Senior Vice President, GREEN INVESTMENT GROUP, UK
Ben Wright, CFO, BIOENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP, UK
Charlotte Eddington, Investments Director, ABUNDANCE INVESTMENT, UK
Simone Aroni, Director, CREDIT AGRICOLE, UK

12:00
Innovation in Action: Demonstrating the Potential for Advanced Conversion Technologies

We hear three joint case studies of successful ventures that have created new horizons, broken the mould and driven industry-defining synergies through advanced conversion technologies.

–  Case Study 1: Carl Wolf, VP Europe, LANZATECH, USA

–  Case Study 2: Mike Hart, President & CEO, SIERRA ENERGY, USA

12:30
Synergies of Tomorrow: TUAS NEXUS - The Frontier of The Circular Resource Park Concept

Singapore’s National Water Agency (PUB) and Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) have appointed an international team of consultants to establish an Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) alongside the world’s largest water reclamation plant (Tuas WRP) designed to treat the nation’s solid waste and used water, respectively. This will be the world’s largest energy recovery facility.

Speaker:
Bettina Kamuk, Global Market Director – Waste to Energy, RAMBOLL, Denmark

12:45
Lightning Talk: 187 Billion Problems a Year - Solving the Nappies to Landfill Dilemma

A total of 187 billion nappies are thrown away each year globally, but unlike bottles, cans or cardboard, nappies are hard to recycle. But now engineers have devised ways of recovering the plastic and other materials inside them. A pilot plant has opened in Treviso, Italy, backed by the world’s largest maker of nappies Procter & Gamble.

Speaker:
Giovanni Fabbri, Fater SMART BU General Manager, PROCTER & GAMBLE, Italy

13:00
Networking Lunch Break

Tuesday May 21, 2019 Afternoon

14:00
Cyber Security in Waste to Energy Plants: Industry Fad or Genuine Threat?

Protocols for cybersecurity in the energy industry are often limited to the prevention of data breaches. However, by infiltrating energy generation sites, do hackers have the potential to cause much more damage than simply accessing confidential data? Here we examine the potential disruption of attacks on energy from waste facilities and explain why adherence to security standards are essential.

Speaker:
Morteza Hadpour Seraj, Director Energy Automation – Europe, Middle East & Africa, MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC, Germany

14:15
Roundtable Discussions

Join one of the most interactive sessions of the programme!

Delegates choose their preferred topic, then join the numbered table in the main conference room.

Hosted by an industry leader, it’s a valuable opportunity to share ideas, ask questions and network with peers focused on the same issue.

  • 1. Digitalisation in the Energy from Waste Industry – Host: Morteza Hadpour Seraj, MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC
  • 2. Tailoring Waste to Energy Plants to Thrive with Wet, Low Calorific Feedstock – Host: Samuel Alemayehu, CAMBRIDGE INDUSTRIES
  • 3. Growing Asia Pacific Markets – How Best to Capture Them – Host: Chindarat Taylor, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY PATHWAY
  • 4. What are the Risks in Waste to Energy Developments and How Should they be Dealt With? – Host: Peter MacLaren, LEVENSEAT
  • 5. Why Does Waste to Energy Have An Important Role to Play in a Circular Economy? – Host: Bettina Kamuk, RAMBOLL
  • 6. Developing New Waste Management Solutions in Countries with Little Infrastructure – Host: Carlos Monreal, PLASTIC ENERGY
  • 7. How Can the W2E Industry Make Its Case Against the Pro-Landfill Lobby? – Host: Jaromir Manhart, MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT (CZECH REPUBLIC)
  • 8. Is Waste to Energy the Ultimate Solution to Moving Away from Landfills? – Host: Mohammed Quraishi, BEE’AH
  • 9. What Key Policy, Regulatory and Revenue Models Need to Be in Place in Order to Make Bankable Projects in Emerging Markets? – Host: Murat Karaege, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION
  • 10. Assessing and Optimising the Longevity and Terminal Value of Energy from Waste Facilities – Host: Charles Sheldon, FORESIGHT GROUP
  • 11. How Changes in Feedstocks, End Products and Technology Might Drive Future Business Models – Host: Philip Duffield, CMS
  • 12. Waste to Energy – Do Fuels and Chemicals Eclipse Electricity? – Host: Stuart Hayward-Higham, SUEZ RECYCLING & RECOVERY UK
15:15
Networking Coffee Break
15:45
Getting Across the Line: Which Business Models are Working (and Which Aren’t) to Drive Projects to Financial Completion

Looking at the numbers and the need, there’s almost never been a better time to get into waste. The industry is booming alongside rapid population growth and projects are greenlighting in abundance all over the world. While many of these projects reach financial close, some of them on time and under budget, many of them don’t – and some of them may never.

– What are the critical success factors the industry needs to meet, both in preparation and execution, to get these projects over the line?

– Which business models work better than others? Who is leading the way?

Session Chair:
James Snape, Head of Projects, CMS, UK
Speakers:

James Michelsen, Senior Industry Specialist – Waste, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION (IFC), USA
Rob Marshall, Sector Lead – Energy, SPENCER GROUP, UK
Isabel Boira-Segarra, CEO, FUTURE EARTH ENERGY, UK
Stefan Rattensperger, Director – Power and Infrastructure Finance, INVESTEC, UK

16:30
Experience Driving Valmet Advanced W2E Solutions Forward

Speaker:
Ari Kokko, Director of Technology and R&D, VALMET, Finland

16:40
What Next for ACT?

Following several high-profile, costly setbacks for advanced conversion technology plants, some major waste to energy players are asking searching questions as to whether gasification and pyrolysis can ever work sustainably at sufficient scale to turn a workable profit. On the other hand, there is still interest from investors and developers – especially in Asia. All the while, conversion to other resources continues to look promising. So, what next?

– Does ACT just need a bottom-line breakthrough and is it around the corner? Does it just need more investment, or subsidies? More patience? Or should the industry turn its back altogether?

– Why are some countries more viable market places than others?

– Would ACT tech benefit from focussing principally on resource creation rather than energy generation?

– Can synergies be developed by incorporating ACT into established, functioning older moving grate tech?

– Is there a game-changer on the horizon?

Session Chair:
Deborah Sacks, Waste & Resources Specialist, DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE, UK

Speakers:
Ari Kokko, Director of Technology and R&D, VALMET, Finland
Marcus Du Pree Thomas, Technology and Innovation Lead, VIRIDOR, UK
Ian Brooking, CEO, COGEN, UK
Paco Hevia, Managing Director, AMEY WASTE TREATMENT, UK

17:25
Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — Wednesday May 22, 2019 Morning

7:45
Breakfast Briefing: Making Projects Fundable by Securing Long-Term Waste Supply

Hosted By:

This in-depth briefing will discuss new strategies to capture long-term waste supplies, exploring waste supply strategies from some recent transactions including the CoGen Hooton Park project. Panellists will also share the key trends and innovations they expect to see during 2019.

Session Chair:
Beth Watkins, Director of Infrastructure, FORESIGHT GROUP
Speakers:
Ian Brooking, CEO, COGEN
Chris Jonas, Director, TOLVIK
Mark Berry, Partner, NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT

9:00
Welcome Remarks

Peter Barden, Conference Producer, RETHINK EVENTS

9:05
Keynote Interview: Reflections on the Future of Waste Management in the Middle East

Host:
Terry March, Former President, CHARTERED INSTITUTION OF WASTES MANAGEMENT (CIWM), UK

Speaker:
Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer, BEE’AH, UAE

9:30
Fuelling Tomorrow’s Fires: Feed Stock Innovation and Evolution

– From e-waste to tyres, wood to textiles, fuel diversification is on the rise – which show the greatest potential and why?

– What is the future of RDF and SRF? What impact may the advent of innovations like subcoal have on these industries?

– UK RDF exports slumped in 2018 – what’s to blame? Is it this being felt everywhere?

– As rates of recycling rapidly increase, consumer behaviour continues in a ‘consume less’ trend and import/export policy becomes ever more mindful of its carbon footprint, should the industry be concerned about how it is going to fuel its bottom line?

Session Chair:
Andy Jones, Vice Chair, RDF INDUSTRY GROUP, Netherlands / UK
Speakers:
Christophe Cord’Homme, Group Business & Products Development Director, CNIM, France
Steve Rogers, Chief Commercial Officer, LICELLA, Australia
Lars Jennissen, Technical Director, N + P GROUP, Netherlands
James Maiden, Country Manager UK, GEMINOR, UK
Mark Nydam, President & CEO, GREEN CONVERSION SYSTEMS, USA

10:15
Innovation in Action: Demonstrating the Success of Advanced Conversion Technologies

We hear about a high-profile case study of a venture that has forged new horizons, broken the mould and driven industry-defining innovation through advanced conversion technology.

Speakers:
Leigh Hudson, Sustainable Fuels & Carbon Manager, BRITISH AIRWAYS, UK
Neville Hargreaves, VP Waste to Fuels, VELOCYS, UK

10:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
New Waste to Energy Horizons in Africa: Addis Ababa and Beyond…

Africa is the world’s fastest-urbanizing continent. While city life has helped lift millions out of poverty, the rapid transformation has created a new problem: vast seas of urban waste.

To be more precise – notoriously wet, low calorific waste. Now an Ethiopian entrepreneur is tackling the crisis with Africa’s first waste to energy plant that has been specially calibrated to process Addis Ababa’s challenging waste composition, who has ambitions to replicate this success across the continent.

Speaker:
Samuel Alemayehu, Managing Director – Africa, CAMBRIDGE INDUSTRIES, USA

11:20
New Project Opportunities (and Challenges) in International Markets

– India: James Michelsen, Senior Industry Specialist – Waste, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION (IFC)

– China: Hanwei Zhang, Chief Scientist, SHANGHAI SUS ENVIRONMENT

12:00
Fireside Chat: Anaerobic Digestion - Emerging Trends and Technologies

– What is the balance between innovation and fundability for new technologies in the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) world?

– Which countries represent the greatest market potential today and why?

– How should the industry respond to meet the projected boon in feedstock?

– Which technologies are helping to make AD more efficient?

– How far has AD come in cleaning gas up for the grid?

Session Chair:
Michael Dunn, Director, IONA CAPITAL, UK
Speakers:
Eike Liekweg, Managing Director, BTA INTERNATIONAL, Germany

12:30
Networking Lunch

Day Two — Wednesday May 22, 2019 Afternoon

13:30
Plastics to High-Value Fuels and Chemicals

– What’s next for the plastic conversion market?

– Which direct conversion to chemical technologies are generating the most interest? Where is the money going?

Session Chair:
Fredrick Royan, Global Leader: Environment & Water, FROST & SULLIVAN, UK
Speakers:
Carlos Monreal, Founder and CEO, PLASTIC ENERGY, Spain
Kjetil Bøhn, CEO, QUANTAFUEL, Norway
Maurizio Crippa, CEO, GR3N, Switzerland
David Ryan, CEO, POWERHOUSE ENERGY GROUP, UK

14:15
Analysing Investment Opportunities in the UK Waste Conversion Market

As it stands, with a large capacity gap and new policy making all the right sounds, the UK arguably represents one of the hottest W2ER markets on the planet in 2019. New plans mean that 100 more have been proposed. We’ll close the summit out by exploring what this opportunity means and how international players can get involved.

– What does this progress mean for international developers and EPCs?

– How can investors get into the game?

– Where are the hottest opportunities?

– Who are the local stakeholders that matter the most and how best to engage them?

– Brexit: disaster or opportunity?

Session Chair:
Peter MacLaren, Director, LEVENSEAT, UK
Speakers:
Julia Safiullina, Investment Manager, IONA CAPITAL, UK
Tom Koltis, Executive Director – Corporate Development, COVANTA, USA
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, SUEZ RECYCLING AND RECOVERY UK, UK
Martin Capstick, Managing Director, NORTH LONDON WASTE AUTHORITY, UK

15:00
Close of Summit
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