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ADBA Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference Programme, 28th September 2017

The programme of ADBA’s third Biomethane & Gas Vehicles Conference features debate with industry leaders on biomethane as the future of the Anaerobic Digestion industry. Register here today to learn how to make the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation work for you.

09.00-09.30  –  Registration and exhibition

09.30-09.50  –  Welcome and introduction

The AD industry is increasingly looking to the transport sector and it is easy to see why. Biomethane vehicles address both the air quality and decarbonisation priorities of our new Government and use of biomethane as a vehicle fuel is growing in the bus, heavy goods and municipal vehicle markets. At the end of 2016 the Department for Transport consulted on reforms to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO); these could improve the investment environment for biofuels and help install the long-term certainty required to further encourage the development of advanced fuels such as biomethane.

  • Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA
  • Andrew Whittles, Managing Director, Low Emission Strategies (LES)

09.50-10.05  –  Keynote

With road transport being a significant contributor to UK GHG emissions and with binding targets on emission reduction looming, what is the new Government’s strategy and how can AD help?

  • Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution, tbc

10.05-10.20  –  Platinum Sponsor Keynote

10.20-11.00  –  Debate: Is transport the future of the AD industry?

Biomethane as a vehicle fuel offers numerous benefits: GHG emissions savings, clean air, and can prove to be one of the cheapest fuels to run fleets on. With declining government support for renewable electricity generation and renewable heat, competing fuel types vying to power HGVs and heat decarbonisation a government priority, questions remain as to where biomethane is most effective as a low-carbon energy source. This debate will start with a presentation on the Low CVP’s report on Transport Energy Infrastructures Roadmap to 2050 and a response from Gas Bus Alliance, followed by a discussion on whether transport is set to be the future of AD.

  • Chair: Dr Thom Koller, Policy Manager, ADBA
  • Jonathan Murray, Policy and operations director, Low CVP
  • Matt Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association, tbc
  • Phil Lowndes BSc, Director & Co Founder, Gas Bus Alliance
  • David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide Advanced Business and Technologies

11.00-11.30  –  Networking coffee break & exhibition

11.30-12.30  –  Buses and municipal vehicles

With lower emissions biomethane buses can play a crucial role in reducing air pollution and, as a result, improve human health. With the government’s new Air Quality Plan coming into place in dozens of UK towns and cities more and more bus operators and local authorities are turning to biomethane as a transport fuel. Manufacturers are leading the charges with new ranges of gas buses and refuse collections vehicles – this session is a must attend for local authorities looking to lower GHG emissions and improve air quality.

  • Chair: Andrew Whittles, Managing Director, Low Emission Strategies (LES)
  • Phil Lowndes BSc, Director & Co Founder, Gas Bus Alliance
  • Terry Pycroft, Head of Fleet Services, Leeds City Council
  • Gary Mason, Engineering Director, Nottingham City Transport

12.30-13.30  –  Networking Lunch & exhibition

13.30-14.40  –  How to stimulate the biomethane-for-transport market

Compared to other biofuels there have been relatively low levels of uptake of biomethane under the current RTFO legislation. Instability of the RTFC value compared to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff, which is fixed for 20 years, has seen most biomethane producers pursue the RHI. This session will discuss how industry can address instability and help stimulate the market.

  • Chair: Dr Thom Koller, Policy Manager – ADBA
  • Tom Lamy, Product & sourcing Manager-Natural gas & Biomethane, BOC
  • Mark Howell, Global Product Manager, CNH Industrial
  • James Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, BioWatt
  • Grant Ashton, Chief Executive Officer, Green Gas Trading (GGT)
  • James Westcott, Chief Commercial Officer, Gasrec

14.40-15.00  –  Case study

15.00-15.30  –  Networking coffee break & exhibition

15.30-16.30 – HGVs and Light Duties Commercial Vehicles

This session will discuss the latest gas-powered vehicle technologies from refuelling infrastructure to the dozens of new vehicles coming through development. Learn from the experts what is required to stimulate the biomethane powered HGV and light commercial duties vehicles market – will a reformed and more progressive RTFO help?

  • Becki Terry, Environment Policy Manager, Freight Transport Association
  • Andrew Winship, Director, Akera
  • Steven Scott, Sales Manager UK and Ireland, Puregas Solutions

16.30   Conference ends  

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