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ADBA National Conference Programme, 7th December 2017

Optimising the AD industry to reduce emissions through the 2020s.

08.45-09.30  –  Registration and networking

09.30-09.40  –  Welcome and introductions

  • Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA

09.40-10.00  –  Keynote

  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change (CCC)

Following the Government’s adoption of the CCC’s recommendations on the 5th Carbon Budget, Lord Deben will deliver his analysis of the next steps, including the policy measures that the Government will need to adopt to meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets.

10.00-10.20  –  Keynote

  • Claire Perry MP, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (tbc)

Ms Perry will set out the key elements of the Government’s Clean Growth Plan, which provides a blueprint for the UK’s decarbonisation pathway through the 2020s and early 2030s, and the role that AD can make towards meeting the UK’s Carbon Budgets.

10.20-10.40  –  Platinum Sponsor Keynote

  •  (tbc)

11.40-11.10  –  Break & exhibition

11.10-12.40  –  Post-Brexit on-farm AD

Can farming and energy policy be coordinated post-Brexit? With the UK and EU deep in negotiations on a new deal for 2019, the UK will soon be making decisions on how it should support farmers once payments from the Common Agricultural Policy end. AD offers the Government the chance to stabilise farm incomes, cut greenhouse gases and improve energy security. Will it take this opportunity?


  • Chair: Charlotte Smith, Presenter, BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and BBC1’s Countryfile
  • Ollie More, Head of Policy, ADBA

  • Chris Huhne, Strategic Adviser, ADBA 

  • Guy Smith, Vice President, National Farmers Union

  • Charlie Finningham, Managing Director, Strutt and Parker Farms

  • David Kaner, Chief Executive, Advance Anaerobics

12.40-13.00  –  Keynote

  • Professor Ian Lamont Boyd FSB FRSE, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 

Professor Boyd will discuss the importance of food waste recycling through AD and the need for mandatory separate food waste collections in England to facilitate this.

13.00-14.00  – Lunch & exhibition

Session 1:

14.00-15.30  –  Best practice scheme pilot launch

This session will discuss the launch of the pilot of ADBA’s Best Practice Scheme for AD, a pioneering, industry-led scheme designed to improve the environmental, operational and safety performance of the AD industry. Hear from some of those involved in developing the scheme, who will explain why the scheme is so important and how AD operators can benefit from participating.


  • Chair: Jess Allan, Environment and Regulation Manager, ADBA

  • Dr Amaya Arias-Garcia, Technical Director, GOALS PME

  • Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director, Jelf Insurance and Risk Management Brokers

  • Nick Johnn, Director, Aardvark Certification Ltd

  • A representative from the Environment Agency (tbc)

  • Susan Relf, Compliance Director, Agrivert 

Session 2:

14.00-15.30  –  Which gas is best for injection into the UK gas grid?

Whilst biomethane is already recognised as an ideal gas for injection, there are questions over whether hydrogen could form part of the mix, or even whether the grid needs to be converted to take only hydrogen. But what would be best in the long run?


  • Chair: Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Energy & Climate Change

  • Grant Ashton, Chief Executive, Green Gas Trading

  • Professor Richard Dinsdale, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, University of South Wales 

  • Alan Midwinter, Senior Business Development Manager, Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)
  • Philipp Lukas, Managing Director, Future Biogas
  • David Parkin, Director of Safety and Network Strategy, Cadent Gas

15.30-16.00  –  Break & exhibition

Session 3:

16.00-17.30  –  What are the most effective food waste collection systems, and what can we learn from them?

Local authorities from all four nations of the UK that have successfully implemented food waste collection systems will discuss the associated benefits and challenges, with a focus on the changes required for all local authorities to follow suit.


  • Chair: Councillor Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Chair of Resource London

  • Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland 

  • Marcus Gover, Chief Executive, WRAP (tbc)

  • Andrew Wilkinson, Head of Service, Conwy Council 

Session 4:

16.00-17.30  – The role of AD in decarbonising transport


  • Chair: Andrew Whittles, Managing Director, Low Emission Strategies

  • Jonathan Hood, Senior Policy Advisor, UK Department for Transport, DfT
  • Justin Laney, General Manager, Central Transport, Waitrose

  • Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, LowCVP
  • Will Llewellyn, Director, Red Kite Management Ltd 

17.30  –  Conference finish

17.30  –  21.00  –  Networking drinks

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