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Day One - 5 July
Launch of ADBA's Best Practice Scheme Pilot

11.00 – 11.55

The AD industry has grown dramatically over recent years but operational and environmental performance can be improved. Hear how ADBA’s Best Practice Scheme will help improve the performance of the industry, to the benefit of all.

  • Chair: Jess Allan, Environment and Regulation Manager, ADBA
  • Kate Lister, Head of Compliance, Biogen, tbc
  • Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director, Jelf Group
  • Dr Amaya Arias-Garcia, Technical Director, GOALS Project Management and Engineering Support
  • Ryland Cains, Environment Manager, Muntons
  • Nick Green, Environment Agency National AD project, Technical Lead, Environment Agency

Innovation in biomethane production: latest technologies and market opportunities

12.00 – 12.55

Biomethane plays a unique role decarbonising gas grids, without requiring any technology changes for gas consumers. This panel highlights the technological advances that could improve the competitiveness of biomethane production in future.

  • Chair: Oliver Quast, Head of Market Intelligence, BEIS
  • What digitalisation means to the AD industry
    Whilst all of us have probably heard the phrases Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data or Industry 4.0, few will know what this actually means for the AD industry sector.  George Giles from Siemens will explore how the AD industry could be impacted by this evolution in technology.  A thought provoking argument on the advantages and challenges our industry faces as it moves to a more digitalised world.
    Speaker: George Giles, Head of Environmental Power, Siemens UK 
  • Enzyme technology to drive profits in biogas production
    To continue the growth and improvement of the biogas industry, DuPont Industrial Biosciences will demonstrate their continued commitment on utilizing enzyme technologies to enhance biogas processes. Additionally, they will discuss their involvement in the DEMETER project illustrating their collaborative efforts with other members in the biogas community.
    Speaker: Sandra Hinz, Senior Scientist, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
  • Bio-Organic Catalysts improving biological stability and efficiency of biogas production
    Bio-Organic Catalysts have shown, in numerous municipal and industrial anaerobic digestion systems in the United States, that they accelerate the anaerobic digestion processes into more optimized conversion efficiency. BOC recently were applied successfully in several biogas plants in Germany. Immediate effects were: better degradation of organic matter, improved viscosity resulting in decreased electricity consumption for mixing, reduction of floating layers.
    Speaker: Dr Christian Boese, Renew-Sources GmbH / European Market Development, Bio-Organic Catalyst

UK regulatory update

13.00 – 13.55

What will our regulatory landscape be like post Brexit?

  • Chair: Jess Allan, Environment and Regulation Manager, ADBA
  • General Impact of Brexit on Waste and Resource Sector
    Speaker: Tina Benfield, Technical Manager, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM)
  • From AD to BC: Will Brexit wind the clock back on food waste recycling?
    Speaker: Peter Jones, Senior Consultant, Eunomia Research & Consulting
  • How the EU has influenced domestic legislation – What changes could we see post-Brexit?
    Speaker: Lucinda Hall BSc MCIWM, Freelance Consultant, EC Consultancy Services

Smart cities of the future

14.00 – 14.55

With two thirds of the world due to live in cities by 2050, cities must become smarter if they are to be livable, sustainable and successful. They must become smarter, and AD is an essential aspect of managing the organic waste produced by cities.

  • Chair: Amrita Sinha Kataria, Manager Solid Waste Network, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • AD/Biogas in Smart Cities
    Speaker: Dr Sarika Jain, Research and Policy Manager, WBA
  • Sustainable Transport Solutions
    In 2016, Scania celebrated its 125th anniversary. Since day one, Scania has been at the forefront of the transport industry. At Scania, we share the belief that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand. We also recognise the critical role the transport industry will play in solving the challenges the world is facing. Scania’s vision is to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system, creating a world of mobility that is better for business, society and the environment.
    Speaker: Tanya Neech, Senior Advisor Sustainable Fuels, Scania (UK)
  • Using AD to drive Integrated Development – a key piece in the big picture
    Speaker: Thomas Minter, Director, Malaby Biogas Ltd

The role of biomethane in decarbonising transport

15.00 – 15.55

Using biomethane in vehicles delivers huge carbon savings and is the only realistic option to make progress in heavy goods vehicles, buses and tractors by 2030. With the transport sector making up 14% of emissions worldwide this presents significant growth opportunities for AD.

  • Chair: Dr Thom Koller, Policy Manager, ADBA
  • From waste to wheel: Experiences running van fleets on biomethane.
    Will will talk about the harmonious relationship between production of a low carbon fuel from waste and improving air quality in cities using Red Kite Management’s fleet of gas vans as a case study.
    Speaker: Will Llewellyn, Director, Red Kite Management
  • Update from the Department for Transport on the role of biomethane transport fuel
    Speaker: Jonathan Hood, Senior Policy Advisor at UK Department for Transport, DfT 
  • Buses going for gas
    In this session John will speak about Reading Buses leading biogas bus fleets and their compression infrastructure, as well as highlight the organization plans for the future.
    Speaker: John Bickerton, Chief Engineer, Reading Buses
  • Biomethane Production to Sustainable Transport – the complete chain
    Speaker: David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide Advanced Business and Technologies 
  • Biogas Transport
    Scania are leading the way delivering biogas transport solutions with customers like Reading Buses and John Lewis (Waitrose). With proven commercial examples and environmental, economic and social benefits its clear why the industry is now turning to biogas as the future fuel.
    Speaker: Tanya Neech, Senior Advisor Sustainable Fuels, Scania (UK)

Sustainability criteria, how are they working?

16.00 – 16.55

Since BEIS introduced sustainability criteria to UK financial incentive schemes, the UK AD industry has come a long way in measuring all the inputs to the process and calculating its emissions. How is industry managing with these challenging targets?

  • Chair: Ollie More, Head of Policy, ADBA
  • Nicholas Johnn, Director, Aardvark Certification
  • Paul Adams, Director, Synertree
  • Jasmine Killen, Senior Technical Manager, Renewable Heat Incentive, Non-Domestic RHI, Ofgem
  • Lois Griffin, Project Development Manager, Future Biogas

End of Day One
Day Two - 6 July
What are the barriers to AD reaching its full global potential?

10.00 – 10.55

What barriers are there for increasing the uptake of AD in each sector: agriculture, commercial & industrial and wastewater treatment, around the world?  What policy and regulatory support is needed to overcome these? The potential global market of the AD sector is estimated to be £1 trillion, but where is the industry going? And where are the best AD growth and investment opportunities?

  • Chair: Chris Huhne, Strategic Adviser, ADBA
  • Private Investment Driving (albeit on 4 cylinders) the US Market
    Speaker: Chris Voell, Lead, Agriculture & Wastewater, AgSTAR & Global Methane Initiative, USEPA Climate Change Division, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
  • Support for Industry from the UK Bioenergy Research Community
    Prof. Thornley will outline the key UK research council investments in bioenergy and explain how AD technology and project developers can engage with these.  Current research relevant to AD will be described, including key research institutes and facilities and information on current and forthcoming opportunities to work with academic researchers to improve the performance and sustainability of AD systems.
    Speaker: Professor Patricia Thornley, Director of EPSRC UK Supergen Bioenergy Hub University of Manchester 
  • Towards Circular Economy, Waste Management in Oman and potential for AD and Biogas
    This presentation will provide an overview about the waste management sector in Oman, upcoming projects and potential opportunities for AD and Biogas
    Speaker: Fahad Al Kharusi, Head of Business Development Department, BEAH Oman

Biomethane – essential to decarbonising heavy goods vehicles

11.00 – 11.55

In the short to medium term biomethane presents the only practical means of decarbonisation in heavy goods vehicles. Use of biomethane as a transport fuel also provides air quality benefits essential for reducing pollution. Join us at this session to find out what the latest HGVs are and what vehicles we can expect to see in the fleets of tomorrow.

  • Chair: Chris Voell, Lead, Agriculture & Wastewater, AgSTAR & Global Methane Initiative, USEPA Climate Change Division, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • David Jones, Sustainable Transport Strategy Manager Cadent (Formerly National Grid Gas Distribution)
  • Phil Lowndes, MD, Gas Alliance Group UK
  • Mark Howell, Global Product Marketing Manager, CNH Industrial, tbc
  • Dominic Phinn, Business Engagement Coordinator, ClientEarth,
  • Helen Edwards, Managing Director, Ceres Energy

The future of UK energy and the role of AD


We know that we need to quickly move towards a world of green, renewable energy if we are to combat climate change. How can the different renewable technologies work together to provide reliable supply, and what impact will this have on the energy transmission and distribution networks? How can biogas supply best help? 

  • Chair: Emeritus Professor Keith Barnham, Distinguished Research Fellow, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Physics, Imperial College
  • Chris Goodall, Author of “The Switch”, Writer, Carbon Commentary
  • Ian Marshall, Green Gas Development Manager, Wales and West Utilities
  • Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Is it getting easier to flow biomethane-to-grid?

13.00 - 13.55

An assessment of the legal, technical and regulatory requirements for flowing biomethane directly into the gas pipe-line system.

  • Chair: Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, Southampton Test
  • Bringing in the Biomethane Harvest.
    The presentation will focus on Biomethane blending and virtual pipeline technology and how developments in this area could enable Biomethane deployment to smaller scale AD facilities and the benefits this could generate to rural and farming communities.
    Speaker: Alan Midwinter, Senior Business Development Manager, Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)
  • Pre-accreditation, Regulations and what Financial Close looks like – the need for clarity
    What pre-accreditation and regulations will look like and how developers can prepare; what financial close looks like; what connection offer you need, and what happens if you deviate from funder, planning or point of injection.
    Speaker: David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide Advanced Business and Technologies 
  • Transport of Biogas for Off-Grid Biogas Producers via Mobile Pipeline®
    The presentation will be about showing the developments of our Mobile Pipeline® business during the recent years. A Mobile Pipeline® is a simple distribution circle similar to the one of liquid fuels: fill, deliver, defuel, return and refill. What initially started with multi cylinder steel trailers borrowed from the industrial gas suppliers, has developed to high tech products built with carbon fiber moving nearly four times more gas. Since 2010, Mobile Pipeline® has been a growing to a profitable business for Hexagon and xperion but more importantly it has improved the life of people located hundreds of miles away from pipeline access by making clean and affordable natural gas available anywhere.
    Speakers: Hartmut Fehrenbach, Business Unit Director, Mobile pipe, Hexagon Composites / xperion Energy & Environment
    Filippo Munna, Sales Director EMEA, Mobile pipe, Hexagon Composites / xperion Energy & Environment

How to extract more value from biomethane

14.00 - 14.55

Biogas and biomethane already attract government support and are sold on the wholesale markets. But can more value be extracted? The panel will introduce some of the innovations that are moving the industry forward. 

  • Chair: Ollie More, Head of Policy, ADBA 
  • Grid-scale carbon and energy storage with biological methanation
    Electrochaea has developed a commercially viable and disruptive solution for utility-scale energy storage, grid balancing, and carbon reuse. Their proprietary process converts low-cost and stranded electricity and carbon dioxide into pipeline-grade renewable gas for direct injection into the existing natural gas grid, a conversion process known as “power-to-gas”.
    Speaker: Markus Forstmeier, VP Business Development, Electrochaea 
  • Green Gas Certification
    Biomethane certificates are the recognised, credible way for gas users to demonstrate their consumption of renewable gas and claim CO2 savings. Certificates also provide another income stream for biomethane plants. This presentation will cover how certification works, how certificates can be used and some of the potential pitfalls that need to be avoided.
    Speaker: George Trowbridge, Green Gas Trading (GGT)
  • Speaker: Duncan Crossland, Sales Director, Wilson Power Solutions

Accessing current and new alternative feedstocks for AD


There are 10 million tonnes of food waste and 90 million tonnes of manures produced in the UK each year. Yet, AD only uses 2.4 million tonnes of food waste and approximately 2 million tonnes of manures. Other feedstocks such as grasses on roadside verges add more opportunity. Why is the UK not making the most of this and what more can be done to get the right feedstocks into AD?

  • Chair: Iain Pickles, Head of Sales, Biogen UK
  • Feeding in AD plants: opportunities and limits
    Description: Alternative feedstock and food waste have great benefits but need right choices and constant monitoring to respect the biology; analyses and visits are the best support to have constantly gas production.
     Speaker: Matteo Giraldo, Biogas – Biomethane Biologist, BTS Biogas Srl/GmbH
  • Novel feedstock & their pretreatment techniques for AD.
    The present feedstocks for anaerobic digestion, such as the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW), sewage sludge, and manure, are limited; thus, new renewable sources are sought after. There are other organic waste stream that are abundant but haven’t been considered for the AD process due to their low biodegradability.  Some pre-treatment techniques would enhance their biodegradability and make them suitable for AD.
    Speaker: Maryam Kabir, Senior Anaerobic Digestion Specialist, Aqua Enviro
  • Difficult waste and nitrogen, a problem solved and implications.
    How to convert high nitrogen substrates suitable for anaerobic digestion by turning the nitrogen into a fertilizer prior the AD. Improving the efficiency of digestion of organic fraction of MSW by adding chicken manure into AD.
    Speaker: Ilkka Virkajärvi, CTO, Ductor Oy
  • From Verge Biomass to Bio-gas
    A presentation of the results from studies evaluating the potential and challenges in developing a biomass supply chain that can utilise the linear landscape assets of the UK. Government sponsored studies have indicated that such assets total a land area the size of Essex but that the operations that are required to manage these assets positively are either at a direct cost to the tax payer or do not take place at all. This project suggests that Anaerobic Digestion can provide a sound business solution.
    Speaker: Dr Nick Cheffins, Managing Director, Peakhill Associates

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