Day One - 5th July
Welcome to the show and introduction

10.00 - 10.20

With 50 million AD plants now operating globally, AD has moved from a niche technology to a key player in supporting sustainable global development and tackling climate change. ADBA’s Chief Executive will look at the UK AD industry’s growth to date, the challenges in a post-Brexit world and the opportunity for the UK to be a key part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. She also highlights the potential for AD to be an ever greater global player: potentially a £1tn global industry.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

10.20 - 10.40

Offering a solution to at least 9 of the 17 UN SDGs, AD is critical to every country achieving both its UN Sustainable Development Goals and its Climate Change targets.  The World Biogas Association’s President will outline the economic and environmental benefits of AD across all sectors: reducing and recycling food waste; recycling sewage and waste water; keeping farmers farming and restoring our depleted soils; improving air quality, whilst delivering green gas, biofertiliser and higher value bio-products. But to deliver this potential, countries need to develop policies that support biogas now. How can we increase the rate of take-up of biogas to help countries achieve their 2030 goals, in less than 13 years’ time?

David Newman, President, WBA

AD's contribution to meeting world carbon reduction targets

10.40 - 11.00

With Donald Trump still threatening to pull the US out of the global deal on climate change, it is more important than ever than cost-effective, viable technologies such as AD are promoted as a means of both tackling climate change and delivering jobs and food security. Jerry Murphy will highlight the scale of the global carbon reduction challenge and the role anaerobic digestion needs to play to meet that challenge.

Professor Jerry D. Murphy, Task 37 Leader “Biogas Energy”, International Energy Agency

C40 missions and AD’s role in helping to achieve those

11.00 - 11.20

Cities are where the future happens first. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, connects more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 600 million people and one quarter of the global economy.

Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.

Amrita will share C40’s views on the critical role of AD and Biogas in our cities of tomorrow including: recycling our organic wastes to heat our homes, fuelling our trucks and recycling nutrients into biofertilisers to grow more food in order to meet sustainability goals.

Speaker: Amrita Sinha Kataria, Manager Solid Waste Network, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

The new London Food Strategy

11.20 - 11.40

Rosie Boycott is chair of the new group of experts, appointed by Mayor Sadiq Khan, tasked with reducing food waste and poverty in the UK’s capital and developing the new London Food Strategy, to be published later this year. The London Food Board will also work closely with partner organisations, such as retailers, producers and suppliers, to make significant improvements to London’s food system.  Also dedicated to combatting climate change, Rosie will outline the huge impact of Anaerobic Digestion and separate food waste collections in reducing and recycling food waste, with the huge reduction in the resources used to produce the food and climate change emissions.

Rosie Boycott,   Chair of London Food Board

Bio Resource Recovery & AD: GE W&PT’s Past, Present & Future.

11.40 - 12.00

How GE views the future of resource recovery and GE’s recent entry into the AD market.

Christopher Jeffery, Global Commercial Leader, Engineered Systems at GE Water & Process Technologies GE Power and Water

The global food waste scandal: AD’s role in reducing and recycling food waste

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. AD is the only solution that reduces and recycles this waste, extracting the energy from this valuable resource and recycling the nutrients and organic matter back to land for future food production. Yet AD only treats a fraction of global food waste. This panel will demonstrate why this is a scandal, asks why it continues to be so widespread and looks at the opportunity to deliver change through the setting up of separate food waste collections alongside AD infrastructure, with case studies from around the world.

Chair: Dr Richard Swannell Development Director WRAP

  •  AD’s role in tackling food waste, globally
    Speaker: Dr Richard Swannell Development Director WRAP
  • The Scottish Food waste model
    Speaker: Andrew Dick, Policy Programme Manager, Zero Waste Delivery/Scottish Government
  • Overcoming economic concerns about separate food waste collection
    Speaker: Peter Jones, Senior Consultant, Eunomia Research & Consulting
  • How to set up effective schemes for collecting food waste in cities
    Speaker: Marco Ricci-Jürgensen, Senior Project Manager, CIC Italian Composting and Biogas Association, Italy, Milan and Chairman of the Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste at ISWA International Solid Waste Association.
  • Food Waste costing the earth
    Speaker: Mike Hanson, Head of Sustainable Business, BaxterStorey

Brexit and the new Government: good or bad for the UK AD industry?

13.40 - 15.10

Now that the divorce procedure has started, what will Brexit mean for the AD industry in the UK and abroad? And what has been the impact of the snap UK general election on the outlook for AD? This panel discusses the political outlook and what the impact of this will be on policy.

  • Chair: Chris Huhne, Strategic Adviser, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, (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
  • Jon Harrison, External Affairs Manager, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)
  • Matt Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association
  • Andy Davey, Strategic Development Manager, Engie

Developing a biogas industry in your country: sharing success stories

15.20 – 17.00

Where are the best AD markets? This panel will bring the focus on the most successful global AD markets, and look at what they are doing right. What economic models are behind them?  And how can we learn from them? And what funding opportunities are there?

Chair: David Newman, President, WBA

  • The US AD Market – Immense, but not for the Faint of Heart
    Chris Voell, Lead, Agriculture & Wastewater, AgSTAR & Global Methane Initiative, USEPA Climate Change Division, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • AD success stories in developing countries
    Sarika Jain, Research and Policy Manager, WBA
  • Technical assessment study for biogas optimal use post 2020, support schemes, drivers & barriers in EU28
    In March 2017, the ‘Technical assessment study for biogas optimal use post-2020’ was published. The study has been conducted by CE Delft, eclareon and DLO (Alterra and FBR institutes) on behalf of the European Commission. The presentation will provide an overview over the research results of the technical assessment study on the existing support schemes, barriers and drivers to biogas and biomethane in the EU28.
    Jurga Tallat-Kelpšait?, Project Manager, Eclareon
  • The Newton Global Opportunities
    The Newton Fund promotes the economic development and welfare in partnering countries, through science and innovation partnerships. It is managed by UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners in collaboration with 16 partner countries. In the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021 with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund.
    Dr Shaun Holmes, Science Adviser, the British Council
  • Opportunities for developing AD overseas: How the Department for International Trade can support your company
    Deborah Sacks, Waste and Resources Specialist, Renewable Energy Team, Department for International Trade (DIT)           

End of Day One


Day Two - 6th July
Delivering AD’s full potential: how to optimise your plant’s performance

10.00 – 11.25

A fantastic opportunity to hear from world-leading experts and high-performing operators, this session is a must-see for any operator or developer interested in getting the best from their plant and achieving the highest return on investment. From optimising the performance of the plant biology to perfecting your pre-treatment processes, there is sure to be plenty of handy tips and useful insights to take away.

  • Chair: Dr Hugh Bulson, Managing Director, Organic Resource Agency (ORA)
  • ExxonMobil – Preventative maintenance strategies & effective lubrication for AD & Biogas engines
    ExxonMobil’s energy sector specialist will offer an insight into optimum lubricant selection for biogas engines, and how combining with oil analysis can help shape your maintenance strategy to help biogas operations increase productivity, reduce maintenance costs and minimise downtime.
    Speaker: Conor Wilkinson, energy sector specialist, Exxon Mobil fuels & lubricants
  • Optimising a 3D System – Chemical and Engineering Interactions with Anaerobic Microbial Catalysts
    Anaerobic digestion and biomethanation technologies are influenced by interactions between microbial, chemical and engineering factors. Insights will be provided on how an increased understanding and management of these interactions can enable the enhancement in process performance.
    Speaker: Sandra Esteves, Professor in Bioprocess Technology for Resource Recovery: Energy and Materials at the Sustainable Environment Research Centre, University of South Wales and Director of the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion.
  • Protein-rich feedstocks: Feed Heaven or Feed Hell
    Speaker: Dr Melanie Hecht, Biogas Process Manager, Schaumann BioEnergy 
  • Dealing with the biggest biogas variable
    This presentation describes how to get the most from the most variable aspect of biogas plant operations- the feedstock. Quality feedstock can mean the difference between profit and loss with changes of 30% for feedstock biogas yields per ton.
    Speaker: Dr Phil Hobbs, Privilege Asset Finance


UK energy strategy: what is AD’s role?

11.30 – 12.30

The UK has made huge strides in reducing emissions in the electricity sector and reducing coal use. Now for the hard part: decarbonising heat and transport, while keeping energy bills within the caps announced by the new government and maintaining supply. This expert panel discusses the challenges policy makers face, and what AD has to offer to meet them.

  • Chair: Prof. Patricia Thornley, Director of EPSRC UK Supergen Bioenergy Hub, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and School of MACE, University of Manchester
  • Whole Systems Thinking
    Good progress has been made in decarbonising electricity generation, but emissions from heat and transport remain broadly static. What options to do we have to decarbonise the whole system, and how do decisions in on area affect others? What role can biogas play in our future energy mix?
    Speaker: Matt Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association 
  • AD: a powerhouse when other renewables fade
    Speaker: Chris Huhne, Strategic Adviser, ADBA 
  • De-carbonising energy supply and enabling new development
    Brian will discuss the role of de-carbonised energy supply in the context of national planning policy, discuss how site selection, early engagement and assessment play a pivotal role in unlocking development potential, identify those matters that need to be weighed in the planning balance and demonstrate a successful approach to securing permission.
    Speaker: Brian Denney, Environmental Planning Director, Pegasus Planning Group

AD and agriculture as the solution to desertification and a changing climate

12.40 – 14.00

AD supports the agricultural industry by providing on site energy, waste treatment, and a digestate biofertiliser that improves food production while tackling disease and restoring degraded land. This session explores these in today’s world as well as in consideration of the climate of tomorrow; will changing agricultural conditions and increased desertification – already being experienced in many parts of the first world- lead to a return to the food vs fuel debate or could it usher in a new era for biogas and a £1 trillion industry?

  • Chair: Dr Thom Koller, Policy manager, ADBA
  • Alberto Confalonieri – Head of the Technical Committee, Consorzio Italiano Compostatori
  • Dr Mike Mason, Chairman, Tropical Power
  • Dr Jeremy Woods, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Natural Sciences, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College
  • Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser Renewable Energy and Climate Change, National Farmers Union (NFU)
  • Tom Beeley, Renewable Energy Adviser, CLA

AD the lifesaver: sanitising wastewater and sewage

14.10 – 15.30

The World Health Organisation estimates that inadequate sanitation causes 280,000 diarrhoeal deaths annually. AD helps to reduce pathogens in sewage sludge and can provide the energy needed to stabilise waste water and sludge for use in agriculture. The panel therefore discuss the vital role AD has to play in meeting the sixth Sustainable Development Goal: Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Chair: Prof Maria Loizidou, Head of the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology, National Technical University of Athens

  • How is the UK proposing to increase the efficiency of sludge management?
    Alison Fergusson, Principal Engineer, Ofwat UK
  • Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) process
    Dr Mota has worked with his colleagues to research anaerobic wastewater treatment producing biogas in Brazil and South America, and there are some large urban wastewater treatment sites where this Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) process is operational. UASB is still unknown in Europe, in this session we will seek to understand whether a similar process could work in other regions.
    César Mota, Professor Adjunto, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Dealing with phosphorus removal
    Speaker: Dr Ana Lanham, Lecturer in Water Science and Engineering, University of Bath
  • GE’s Anaerobic Portfolios and R&D Focus
    GE has three anaerobic related technology products which are anaerobic MBR product for industrial wastewater treatment, Biowaste product for organic waste treatment, and Biosolids product for municipal sludge treatment. This presentation will introduce those product portfolios and explain what is the GE’s research focus in 2017/2018.
    Speaker: Youngseck Hong, New Technology Research Lead at General Electric, GE Water & Process Technologies

End of Day Two


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