Day One —
Wednesday May 23, 2018 Morning
Keynote Address: The Future for Waste in the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy
An update on the UK’s commitment to develop its waste and resources strategy to make the UK a world leader in terms of competitiveness, resource productivity and resource efficiency. With renewables projected to overtake gas by 2020 to become the UK’s number one source of electricity generation, what role will waste-to-energy play in meeting policy goals?
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.
Mike Brown, Managing Director, EUNOMIA, UNITED KINGDOM
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
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 visibility of capturing CO2 from waste to energy to be injected into permanent storage on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Johnny Stuen, Technical Director, Waste-to-Energy Agency, CITY OF OSLO, NORWAY
Focus on European and Middle Eastern Markets
Philip Heylen, Chairman, ISVAG, BELGIUM
Networking Coffee Break
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?
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
Innovation in Action: Demonstrating the Potential of Advanced Conversion Technologies
Paul Winstanley, Project Manager, ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES INSTITUTE, UNITED KINGDOM
Rolf Stein, CEO, ADVANCED PLASMA POWER, UNITED KINGDOM
Networking Lunch Break
Day One —
Wednesday May 23, 2018 Afternoon
A Wasted Opportunity; How Can We Enhance Revenue Streams and Improve Returns
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?
Chris Jonas, Director, TOLVIK CONSULTING, UNITED KINGDOM
Simone Aroni, Director, Energy and Infrastructure Group, CREDIT AGRICOLE CIB, UNITED KINGDOM
Olivier Fricot, European Head of Power & Renewables Lending, INVESTEC, UNITED KINGDOM
Networking Coffee Break
Integrating District Heat Networks into Smart Urban 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
Martin Capstick, Managing Director, NORTH LONDON WASTE AUTHORITY, UNITED KINGDOM
Jan Elleriis, Vice President, METROPOLITAN COPENHAGEN HEATING TRANSMISSION, DENMARK
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?
Pilar Gomez, Investment Director, MARGUERITE ADVISORS, UNITED KINGDOM
Close of Summit
Day Two —
Thursday May 24, 2018 Morning
Insight into the scale of the challenge 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?
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?
– Will recent changes to recycling targets and export materials affect future waste composition and capacity?
– How is digitization revolutionising the industry? Are we ready?
– What’s driving M&A activity, and should we be anticipating another wave of growth and consolidation?
David Wilson, President, CIWM, UNITED KINGDOM
David Palmer-Jones, CEO, SUEZ, UNITED KINGDOM
Stephen Jones, President and CEO, COVANTA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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.
Rachel Solomon Williams, Head of Low Carbon Fuels, DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
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?
Jeremy Tomkinson, Company Director and CEO, NNFCC, UNITED KINGDOM
Geoffrey Tauvette, Director, Fuel & Environment, WESTJET, CANADA
Marco Waas, Director, RD&I and Technology, AKZONEBEL, NETHERLANDS
The Role of Waste to Energy in Today’s International Cities
Chindarat Taylor, Founder and Director, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY PATHWAY, THAILAND/UK
Tianyi Wang, General Manager, CHINA EVERBRIGHT, HONG KONG
David Singh, Managing Director, RE GROUP, AUSTRALIA
Grace Sapuay, President, SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES, PHILIPPINES
Day Two —
Thursday May 24, 2018 Afternoon
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?
Peter MacLaren, Director, LEVENSEAT, UNITED KINGDOM
Ian Brooking, CEO, COGEN, UNITED KINGDOM
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?
Louise Wilson, Founder & Managing Director, ABUNDANCE INVESTMENT, UNITED KINGDOM
Chris Tanner, Director, JOHN LAING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, UNITED KINGDOM
Edward Nicholas, Executive Director, TRIBE INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP, AUSTRALIA
Hamish McPherson, CEO, BIOENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP, UNITED KINGDOM
Close of Summit