Outline Agenda, Final Confirmation will be announced shortly.
08:30 Registration and networking
09:30 Welcome and introduction: Overview of the AD sector – what does the future hold?
Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
09:40 Opening keynote speaker: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
10:00 Keynote 2: Renewable Heat – The Benefits of Collecting More Waste and of Producing Biomethane
James Richardson, Chief Economist, National Infrastructure Commission (tbc)
James will emphasise the importance of introducing universal food wast collections in England and recycling unavoidable food waste through AD to further the shift towards a circular economy.
10:30 Keynote speaker 3: AD’s role in meeting the 4th, 5th and subsequent Carbon Budgets and the UK’s Commitment to the Paris Agreement
The speaker will outline the contribution AD needs to make to help the UK meet its Carbon Budgets and commitment to the Paris Agreement.
10:50 Coffee, exhibition and networking
11:20 Panel Session 1: Making the case for AD in a post-Brexit landscape
This session will look at the potential impact on the AD industry of different scenarios for the UK’s departure from the EU. It will clarify which obligations remain legally binding on the UK and present opportunities for AD, and identify new options, for example how it can support the farming industry in a post CAP world.
Jon Harrison, External Affairs Manager, ADBA
Tina Benfield, Technical Manager, CIWM
Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association
Hattie Parke, Senior Consultant, Eunomia
Alister Veitch, Head of Sales UK, Orsted
13:45 Panel Session 2: The Future of low carbon heat
This is a session for developers and financiers that will focus on policy options for AD and biomethane and consider what a successor scheme to the Renewable Heat Incentive might look like. It will also discuss funding options for biomethane production and look at future direction:, whether electricity, which can be more profitable and is easier to transport, or biomethane, which is a more flexible fuel and has a higher energy density.
- How will government fund biomethane development?
- What are the likely timescales?
- Demonstrating value for money
- Future strategies for decarbonising heat
- Which green gases are most suitable for the gas grid?
Katie Halter, Heat and Business Energy Policy Adviser, BEIS
Dr Thom Koller, Senior Policy Manager, ADBA
Matthew Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association
Alan Midwinter, Commercial Manager, SGN
13:45 Panel Session 3: Connecting biomethane plants to the gas grid
This session will look at the practical side of biomethane production and provide technical advice on the steps that need to be taken to get plants connected before the Jan 2020 tariff guarantee deadline.
Ian Marshall, Green Gas Development Manager, Wales & West Utilities
Dan Purvis, Senior Investment Manager, The Ingenious Group
Martin Shannon, Commercial Manager, Regulation & External Affairs, Cadent
David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide
Greg Hilton, National New Business Manager, Flogas
15:15 Coffee, exhibition and networking
15:45 Panel Session 4: Securing investment in the on-farm AD sector
This session will look at the benefits AD brings to the farming sector, including the broader non-energy benefits that could deliver the public goods sought by Defra in the new support model for agriculture, and opportunities to build networks of AD farms to reduce grid connection costs and maximise management of farm wastes and residues.
Olivia Midgley, News and Business Editor, Farmers’ Guardian
Avril Banks, Director, AB Environmental
William Mezzullo, Head of AD Asset Management, John Laing Capital Management
Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Advisor, Renewable Energy, NFU
Dr Alan Taylor, Associate Director, Aardvark
Henry Grant, Renewable Energy Consultant, Savills
15:45 Panel Session 5: Improving the performance of AD plants
This session will look at the reasons behind current underperformance of some AD plants and examine ways and means of upgrading plants and improving performance. It will examine which innovations are available to increase output and build a better business case for AD development, such as the use of bio bags over plastic and increasing feedstock, energy and digestate outputs.
Amaya Arias Garcia, Anaerobic CoE Engineering Design Manager Water Technologies & Solutions, Suez
Thomas Minter, Director, Malaby Biogas
David Woolgar, Consultant, David Woolgar Consulting
Dr Evangelos Petropoulos, Senior Technical Engineer, Premier Tech Aqua
Fiona Donaldson, Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director, Jelf
Kathryn Nicholls, Senior Adviser Waste, Environment Agency
17:15 Summary: Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA
17:30 End of conference
17:30 Please join us for drinks and networking