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ADBA Northern Ireland National Conference, 5th October 2017

09.30-09.40  –  Welcome and introduction to our first anaerobic digestion conference focused on Northern Ireland

At a time when the Renewables Obligation (RO) has closed to new applicants and Northern Ireland is making relatively little progress on reducing greenhouse gases, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) Chief Executive will outline the enormous value of AD across energy, waste, climate policy and farming

David Simpson, MP, DUP, Spokesman on Business Innovation & Skills and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Member of the DEFRA Committee

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)

09.40-10.00  –  How can anaerobic digestion contribute to Northern Ireland’s waste, energy and farming challenges?

10.00-10.15  –  Sponsor Keynote

10.15-10.30  –  Introduction to the anaerobic digestion Best Practice Scheme

With the operational, environmental and health and safety aspects of anaerobic digestion high on the agenda, ADBA’s Best Practice Scheme Manager will provide an overview of how the Best Practice Scheme can help operators improve performance, save money and reduce their risk.

Ollie More, Head of Policy, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)

10.30-11.00  –  Coffee break and exhibition

11.00-12.30  –  Feedstock and nutrient management

Northern Irish AD plants use a whole range of feedstock to generate energy and fertiliser. Grass silage, cow manure and poultry manure are some of the most common. What are the considerations for getting the most energy from these feedstocks? And equally as important – how can the resulting digestate be managed?

Chair: Ollie More, Head of Policy, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)
Keith Finegan, Natural Environment Division, Northern Ireland Environment Agency
Gary Lyons, Senior Scientist, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
Shane Carr, Director, Irwin Carr

12.30-13.30  –  Lunch and exhibition

13.30-14.30  –  Separate food waste collections: How they are working in Northern Ireland
Thomas Bell, Associate, Clyde Shanks

Ian Garner, Waste Resources and Action Programme Northern Ireland (WRAPNI)

Shane Doherty, Plant Manager at Granville Ecopark

14.30-15.30  –  Brexit, the new government and trade between north and south: How will this impact the NI AD industry?

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has created uncertainty for north-south trade in energy, food, digestate, waste and livestock. What can be done to minimise any impact on the AD industry?

PJ McCarthy, Chair of the Renewable Gas Forum
Ian Kilgallon, Innovation Manager, Gas Networks Ireland
Sam McCloskey, Centre Director, Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE)

15.30-16.00  –  Break

16.00-17.00  –  Improving my plant’s performance

Some AD plants in Northern Ireland and across the UK and Ireland operate at load factors of over 98%, while other operate at under 60%. For the lower-performing plants, this represents a huge loss in income. Our panel discusses how you can ensure your AD plant is one of the top performers.

Les Gornall, Process Consultant at PROjEN Part of Capita
Dr David McKee, Technical Director, B9 Energy
Thomas Cromie, Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE)

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