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Day One — Wednesday May 23, 2018 Morning

08:55
Welcome Remarks
09:00
Opening Keynote Address: Building Capacity in Response to China’s Waste Ban

Insight into the scale of the challenges brought about by China’s waste ban and the impact on the waste sector. How can the industry work together to support and build recycling capacity?

Speaker:
Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, ENVIRONMENT AGENCY, UNITED KINGDOM

09:15
Is There a Place for Waste-to-Energy in Today’s Circular Economy?

Our panellists will take to the stage to put forward their argument and defend some of the most hotly debated viewpoints of waste-to-energy. The debate will be followed with audience Q&A, so whether you’re an advocate or a critic, come prepared to have your say!

– Waste-to-energy is a vital pillar of the circular economy and recycling is unable to plug the gap or process the quantity of residual waste.
– Gasification offers many potential benefits over incineration and should be the only option considered in achieving low carbon economy.
– The objective of waste hierarchy is to reduce waste generation at source, and divert materials to re-use and recycling. We should be phasing out the recovery of energy from waste.
– Waste-to-energy cannot compete with renewables. As a result, investor interest is lagging.

Session Chair:
Mike Brown, Managing Director, EUNOMIA, UNITED KINGDOM
Speakers:
Nick Pollard, Group CEO, CORY RIVERSIDE ENERGY, UNITED KINGDOM
James Samworth, Partner, FORESIGHT GROUP, UNITED KINGDOM
Leonie Schreve, Head of Sustainable Lending, ING BANK, NETHERLANDS
Keith Riley, CEO, BH ENERGYGAP, UNITED KINGDOM

10:00
New Projects Under Development in Belgium, Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Speakers
Philip Heylen, Chairman, ISVAG, BELGIUM
Ibrahim Abdul Majid Al Ali, Director Projects & Facilities, TADWEER (CENTER OF WASTE MANAGEMENT) ABU DHABI, UAE
Benoit Vadani, Acquisition & Development Manager, BESIX, DUBAI, UAE
Roni Araiji, Managing Director, BRANCH OFFICE ABU DHABI – HITACHI ZOSEN INOVA, UAE

11:00
Networking Coffee Break
11:30
Advanced Conversion Technologies: Where do We Go from Here?

– What’s next for the gasification market? Is it reaching maturity or is it the dawn of a new era in development?
– What will act as the catalyst for future growth? What policies would help advanced technologies? Is policy hampering or helping the case for gasification?
– Will smaller project developers continue to enter the market? Is consolidation on the cards?

Session Chair:
James Snape, Partner, CMS, UNITED KINGDOM
Speakers:
John Ord, Business Director, Energy & Infrastructure, STANTEC, UNITED KINGDOM
Richard Burgess, Deputy Managing Director, SPENCER GROUP, UNITED KINGDOM
Chris Manson-Whitton, Director, PROGRESSIVE ENERGY, UNITED KINGDOM
Hisanori Shimakura, Professional Engineer, KOBELCO ECO-SOLUTIONS, JAPAN

12:15
Innovation in Action: Demonstrating the Potential of Advanced Conversion Technologies

Speakers:
Paul Winstanley, Project Manager, ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES INSTITUTE, UNITED KINGDOM
Rolf Stein, CEO, ADVANCED PLASMA POWER, UNITED KINGDOM
Andrew Buchanan, Business Development Manager, RENEW ELP, UNITED KINGDOM
Keith Allaun, CEO and President, POWERHOUSE ENERGY GROUP, UNITED KINGDOM

13:00
Networking Lunch Break

Hosted by: Mitsubishi Electric

Day One — Wednesday May 23, 2018 Afternoon

14:15
Opportunities for the Build-Out of Projects in a Subsidiary-Free World

– With less projects being underpinned by the security of subsidies and long-term feedstocks; how is the industry innovating to make projects bankable?
– Will merchant facilities and industrial offtake agreements become the new norm? How do the economics stack up?
– Which markets and countries offer the greatest growth opportunities for merchant models?
– Do subsidised plants still have a place in the market? Under what conditions are investors willing to mobilise capital towards the commercial and industrial (C&I) waste market?

Session Chair:
Chris Jonas, Director, TOLVIK CONSULTING, UNITED KINGDOM
Speakers:
Simone Aroni, Director, Energy and Infrastructure Group, CREDIT AGRICOLE CIB, UNITED KINGDOM
Olivier Fricot, European Head of Power & Renewables Lending, INVESTEC, UNITED KINGDOM
Isabel Boira-Segarra, CEO, FUTURE EARTH ENERGY, UNITED KINGDOM
Matthew Edgar, Senior Vice President, GREEN INVESTMENT GROUP, UNITED KINGDOM

15:00
Norway’s First-of-a-Kind Carbon Capture Solution from Waste-to-Energy

The session presents Norway’s game changing carbon capture and storage solution. The project proves the viability of capturing CO2 from waste to energy to be injected into permanent storage on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Speaker:
Johnny Stuen, Technical Director, WASTE-TO-ENERGY AGENCY, CITY OF OSLO, NORWAY

15:15
Roundtables

Join one of the most interactive session of the programme! Delegates choose their preferred topic from the list below, 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. Gaining Public Support: What actions create the right public policy environment for waste to energy investment? – Martin Capstick, Managing Director, NORTH LONDON WASTE AUTHORITY
2. Attracting Project Finance: What are the critical factors needed to make a project attractive to the investment community? – Helena Barrett, Investment Manager, JOHN LAING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
3. Targeting Developing Countries: When is a given WtE technology appropriate in a particular developing country situation? – David Wilson, President, CIWM
4. Feedstock Composition: To what extent is changing waste quantity and composition impacting on facilities? – Peter MacLaren, Director, LEVENSEAT
5. Accessing Australia: Are conditions condusive to the growth of the waste to energy sector in Australia? How we can overcome development risks? – Edward Nicholas, Executive Director, TRIBE INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP, AUSTRALIA
6. ACT in the Circular Economy: How can ACT play a more central and strategic role in the circular economy? – Chris Manson-Whitton, Director, PROGRESSIVE ENERGY
7. Building Domestic Capacity: Should the UK be building more waste to energy capacity to manage waste domestically? What are the risks of exporting RDF? – Nicholas Pollard, Group CEO, CORY RIVERSIDE ENERGY
8. Game-Changing Innovation: What are the potential game-changers for the industry? Where are we seeing the most innovation? – Beth Watkins, Director, FORESIGHT GROUP
9. Energy Policy Priorities: What should the priorities be for policy makers as they consider how to decarbonise heat? – Stuart Easterbrook, Future Gas Strategy Manager, CADENT

16:00
Networking Coffee Break
16:30
Integrating District Heat Networks into Energy Efficient Planning

– What can be learned from the success of urban district heating networks across Europe?
– Who’s providing the funding and how can we overcome challenges associated with the planning and construction of projects?
– How effective are district heat systems in optimising efficiencies and reducing cost and carbon emissions?
– How can waste-to-energy plants support these customers?

Session Chair:
Morten Jordt Duedahl, Business Development Manager, DANISH BOARD OF DISTRICT HEATING, DENMARK
Speakers:
Martin Capstick, Managing Director, NORTH LONDON WASTE AUTHORITY, UNITED KINGDOM
Jan Elleriis, Vice President, METROPOLITAN COPENHAGEN HEATING TRANSMISSION, DENMARK
Stuart Easterbrook, Future Gas Strategy Manager, CADENT, UNITED KINGDOM

17:15
Making Carbon Efficient Waste Management Happen in International Markets

– How can we mobilise investment in the markets that need it most?
– What innovative business models and incentives are needed to drive waste-to-energy projects and attract private financing in countries with increasing waste flows?
– What’s the hold up in developing waste to energy infrastructure in emerging markets? Who else do we need to engage to push projects forward?
– Given the potential for small-scale application of advanced conversion technologies, can gasification leapfrog conventional landfill and waste-to-energy methods for climate-friendly municipal solid waste management and renewable energy generation in developing countries?

Session Chair:
Fredrick Royan, Vice President, Global Leader, Environment and Water, FROST & SULLIVAN, UNITED KINGDOM
Speakers:
Bruno Erbel, Managing Director, MARGUERITE ADVISORS, UNITED KINGDOM
Bernard Atlan, Principal Investment Officer, IFC, SERBIA
Carlos Afonso, Head of Concessions and Corporate Development, FCC ENVIRONMENT, SPAIN
Jim McDermott, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, US RENEWABLES GROUP, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

18:00
Closing Remarks and Networking Drinks

Day Two — Thursday May 24, 2018 Morning

09:00
Waste Management CEO Debate: The Changing Face of Municipal Waste Treatment

– How has the role of waste management companies evolved over the past few years?
– How will proposed changes to recycling targets and recent restrictions on exports to China impact on the industry?
– How are developing countries viewed as potential markets by the big waste companies?
– Is the industry ready for the ‘data revolution’?

Session Chair:
David Wilson, President, CIWM, UNITED KINGDOM
Speakers:
David Palmer-Jones, CEO, SUEZ RECYCLING AND RECOVERY UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Stephen Jones, President and CEO, COVANTA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

09:45
Fuelling Future Growth of the UK Biofuels Industry

An update on the UK Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) and how the UK Government is supporting and paving the way for growth of the biofuels industry.

Speaker:
Rachel Solomon Williams, Head of Low Carbon Fuels, DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT, UNITED KINGDOM

10:00
Capitalising on Opportunities for High-Value Fuels and Chemicals from Waste

– Which markets offer the greatest potential and who are the early adopters?
– Is the waste-to-jet fuels market finally set to take off? What are the critical success factors in scaling and commercialising sustainable aviation biofuel solutions?
– How can we successfully address the supply and volume of feedstocks?
– How have advanced conversion technologies opened up new sources for the production of low carbon chemicals? What are the benefits of choosing syngas as a feedstock for the chemical industry?

Session Chair:
Michael Goldsworthy, Senior Consultant, NNFCC, UNITED KINGDOM
Speakers:
Alex Miles, Director, Commercial Development, ENERKEM, UNITED KINGDOM
Neville Hargreaves, Business Development Director, VELOCYS, UNITED KINGDOM
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, SUEZ RECYCLING AND RECOVERY UK, UNITED KINGDOM

10:45
A Wasted Opportunity: How Can We Enhance Revenue Streams and Improve Returns?

Speaker:
John Feddersen, Co-Founder & CEO, AURORA ENERGY RESEARCH, UNITED KINGDOM

11:00
Networking Brunch

Day Two — Thursday May 24, 2018 Afternoon

12:00
The Role of Waste to Energy in Today’s International Markets

Session Chair:
Chindarat Taylor, Founder and Director, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY PATHWAY, THAILAND/UK
Speakers:
Wang Tianyi, CEO, CHINA EVERBRIGHT, HONG KONG
Garth Lamb, Chief Development Officer, RE.GROUP, AUSTRALIA
Grace Sapuay, President, SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES, PHILIPPINES
Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM GROUP, INDIA

13:15
Understanding the Benefits of Choosing Advanced Conversion Technologies

– What are the key market factors that encourage the build out and success of gasification projects?
– Should ACT look to compete with or complement mainstream technologies? Where can we find the sweet spot?
– What are the benefits of choosing one method over the other in terms of size and site of the plant? What are the most successful applications of gasification and pyrolysis?

Session Chair:
Mark Sommerfeld, Policy Analyst, RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION, UNITED KINGDOM
Speakers:
Peter MacLaren, Director, LEVENSEAT, UNITED KINGDOM
Ian Brooking, CEO, COGEN, UNITED KINGDOM
Jean Lucas, President & CEO, ECO WASTE SOLUTIONS, CANADA

14:00
Finding the Funds: Established Routes vs. Alternative Investment Models for Infrastructure

– How will future projects be funded and under what conditions?
– What types of projects are garnering most interest? Are investors seeing sufficient progress with advanced conversion technologies to be comfortable investing in this space?
– What new funding mechanisms are emerging? Who are the new investors entering the market? What’s driving their investment decisions?

Session Chair:
Mark Wilson, Partner, ALANTRA, UNITED KINGDOM
Speakers:
Louise Wilson, Founder & Managing Director, ABUNDANCE INVESTMENT, UNITED KINGDOM
Chris Holmes, Director, JOHN LAING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, UNITED KINGDOM
Edward Nicholas, Executive Director, TRIBE INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP, AUSTRALIA
Hamish McPherson, CEO, BIOENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP, UNITED KINGDOM

14:45
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