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
Biogas – A global view
David Newman, President, World Biogas Association
10:00 Keynote speaker 2
Beyond Brexit: Global opportunities for AD
Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Investment, Department for International Trade
10:20 Coffee, exhibition and networking
10:40 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.
Reed Landberg, European gas, power & renewables team leader, Bloomberg News
Tina Benfield, Technical Manager, CIWM
Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association
Hattie Parke, Senior Consultant, Eunomia
Alister Veitch, Head of Sales UK, Orsted
Andrew Clark, Director of Policy, NFU
Myles Bailey, Deputy Managing Director, Brevia Consulting
12:00 Keynote 3: The National Infrastructure Assessment and the UK’s low cost, low carbon future
James Richardson, Chief Economist, National Infrastructure Commission
13:30 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?
Dr Thom Koller, Senior Policy Manager, ADBA
Matthew Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association
James Higgins, Policy Manager, SGN
Daniel von Scheven, CEO and Co Founder, AcrEnergy
Martin Shannon, Commercial Manager, Regulation & External Affairs, Cadent
Glenn Carney, Sales Director EMEA, Greenlane Biogas
13:30 Panel Session 3: 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
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
14.30 Coffee, exhibition and networking
15.00 Keynote address
Brexit: the challenge of energy security
Lord Teverson, Chair of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee and member of the House of Lords since 2006 where he speaks on energy and climate change.
Lord Teverson will accept questions from the audience after his speech.
15:30 Panel Session 4: 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.
Philipp Lukas, MD, Future Biogas
Ian Marshall, Green Gas Development Manager, Wales & West Utilities
Dan Purvis, Senior Investment Manager, The Ingenious Group
David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide
Greg Hilton, National New Business Manager, Flogas
Simon Trollope, Head of Product and Market Development, IGEM
15:30 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
Sue Harris, National AD Project Manager & (KSLES Area Installations Officer), Environment Agency
Avril Banks, Director, AB Environmental
17:15 End of conference
17:15 Please join us for drinks and networking