5-6 July, NEC, Birmingham


Day One - 5 July
Welcome and introductions

10.00 - 10.20

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA
David Newman, President, WBA

Supporting AD to meet the 5th carbon budget

10.40 - 11.00

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) tbc

AD's contribution to meeting UK Carbon Budgets

11.00 - 11.20

Committee on Climate Change, tbc

Better Business, better world

11.20 - 11.40

Speakers to be confirmed

Headline Sponsor Keynote

11.40 - 11.50

Speaker from GE Power

Solving the global food waste problems

12.00 – 13.30

If food loss and waste were a country it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after the USA and China and AD is the only solution that reduces waste, recycles nutrients back to land and recovers energy from this valuable resource. This session will look at different successful food waste collections systems and regulations from around the world, and how those could be adopted in countries seeking to improve their food waste problems.

Chair: EU Commission, Anne-Laure Gassin, tbc
José Graziano da Silva, Director General, FAO tbc
Dr Richard Swannell Development Director WRAP tbc
Iain Gulland, Director, Zero waste Scotland, tbc
Marco Ricci, Senior Project Manager, CIC Italy, Milan and Chairman of the Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste at ISWA International Solid Waste Association.

AD and Brexit

13.40 – 15.10

Now that the divorce procedure has started, what will Brexit mean for the AD industry in the UK and abroad?

Chair: Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA
Chris Huhne, Strategic Adviser, ADBA
Colin Miles, Head of the Strategy and team leader for the Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy sector, BBSRC
Myles Bailey, Deputy Managing Director, and Director of Energy and Sustainability, Brevia Consulting tbc
Dr Doug Parr, Policy Director, Greenpeace, tbc

Best international markets

15.20 – 16.50

Where are the best AD Markets? This panel will bring the focus on the most successful global AD Markets, what are they doing right? What economic models are behind them? And how can we learn from them?

Chair: David Newman, president, WBA
Dottore Tiziano Bonato, Società Estense Servizi Ambientali, SESA, Italy
Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council tbc
Mr. Rafael Apariz, Executive Director, Ategrus Sp. tbc
Dr. Sarika Jain, Research and Policy Manager, WBA

End of day one
Day Two - 6 July
Performance and Operations

10.00 – 11.15

Maximising performance is essential to deliver a return on investment, this session will discuss how loving your bugs can improve your biogas yield, speed up processes, perfect pre-treatment and prevent failures. The speakers will also focus on methods for collecting and monitoring performance data.


  • Chair: Dr Hugh Bulson, Managing Director, Organic Resource Agency (ORA)
  • Alexander Maddan, Chief Executive, Agrivert
  • Holsted Biogas Plant, Denmark, tbc
  • Dottore Tiziano Bonato, Società Estense Servizi Ambientali , SESA, Italy

UK energy strategy and implications for AD

11.20 – 12.20

  • Chair: Jim Watson, Director of the UK Energy Research Centre tbc
  • Matt Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association
  • Chris Huhne, Strategic Adviser, ADBA
  • Chris Train OBE, CEO, Gas grid dis. tbc
  • Katie Halter, Head of Energy from Waste and Advanced Conversion, BEIS, tbc

Biogas, Agriculture and Desertification

12.30 – 14.00

Biogas supports farming, restores our soils and combats desertification. Reducing energy, pesticide, herbicide and fertiliser input costs, decarbonising and diversifying farming to mitigate the impact of global commodity price fluctuations, AD helps keep farmers farming, improves our food security, helps tackle disease and restores degraded land. Here the panellist will be looking at how to effectively integrate biogas into farming.


  • Chair: United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, UNCCD, tbc
  • Marc Sadler, Adviser on Risk and Markets, World Bank
  • Piero Gattoni, President, Consorzio Italiano Biogas, Italy
  • Dr Mike Mason, Chairman, Tropical Power
  • Dr Jeremy Woods, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Centre for Environmental Policy imperial college, tbc

Wastewater and Sewage

14.10 – 15.30

The anaerobic digestion of biosolids promotes a sanitary and hygienic environment by providing decentralised and local treatment of these wastes. This helps in the prevention of bacterial infections, diarrhoeal diseases like cholera, trachoma, schistosomiasis and hepatitis, as well as generating renewable energy and biofertiliser. The panel will look at case studies from the globe and discuss how AD can help solve the problem of 2.4 billion people still lacking basic sanitation.


  • Chair: Prof Maria Lozidou, Head of the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology, National Technical University of Athens
  • Alison Fergusson, Principal Engineer, Ofwat, UK
  • Dr. Cesar Mota, Professor Adjunto, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, tbc
  • Simon Black, Biosolids Products Manager, Anglian Water Group tbc
  • Alexander Maddan, Chief Executive, Agrivert

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