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ADBA Scottish National Conference Programme

Date: 09.00 – 17.00, 28 February, 2018
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

08.45-09.30  –  Registration and networking

09.30-09.40  –  Welcome and introduction

There are now over 50 AD plants in operation across Scotland, converting a range of wastes and purpose-grown energy crops into renewable heat and power, clean transport fuel, and nutrient-rich biofertiliser. With huge scope for growth in the Scottish AD industry and policymakers looking for solutions to key policy challenges, Charlotte will set out how AD can help Scotland meet its energy, waste, transport, and farming needs.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA

09.40-10.00  –  Keynote: Circular Economy

Louise McGregor , Head of Circular Economy,  Zero Waste Scotland

10.00-10.15  –  Improving performance in the AD industry: update on the AD Certification Scheme

Jess will provide an update on the progress of the recently launched AD Certification Scheme and explain how operators can get involved. She will be joined by Carl Gurney from Jelf Insurance Brokers, who will give an insight into the insurance benefits that participating operators can access.

Jess Allan, Environment and Regulation Manager, ADBA
Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director, Jelf Insurance and Risk Management Brokers
Questions and comments from the floor

10.15-10.30  –  Food waste AD capacity
Scotland is ahead of the rest of the UK when it comes to food waste collection and treatment, but how is the Scottish AD community preparing for January 2021? A year after our first conference, are we more confident that sufficient AD capacity will be in place?

Mike Berry, Senior Policy Adviser, Zero Waste Delivery, Environmental Quality Division, Scottish Government
Questions and comments from the floor

10.30-11.00  –  Brexit and investments
With just over a year left before our EU divorce, what is the outlook for the future investments necessary to continue growing the AD industry? Will the government take the opportunity to support this industry to its full potential? And will other sources of investment play a role?

Chair: Roger Kilburn, CEO, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC)
Robert Hokin, Chief Executive and Managing Partner, Greenbackers Investment Capital
Phil Gerrard, Chief Executive Officer, Privilege Finance
Questions and comments from the floor

11.00-11.30  –  Break & exhibition

11.30-12.30  –  Digestate usage and commercialisation
From the lack of enforcement of food waste segregation regulations, which means that feedstock going to AD plants can be of poor quality, to wrong usage of digestate which can sometimes be spread on farmland at inappropriate times or in excessive amounts, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to ensure that digestate meets quality standards, and is used properly. But even when this is the case, what is the best way to transform it into a valuable and saleable product?

Chair: Johan Belfrage, Senior Business Development Co-ordinator, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC
Eleanor Strain, Senior Policy Officer, National Waste Unit, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, SEPA
Debbie Neely, Independent Environmentalist Services Professional, Entrust Environmental Ltd
Alison McKinnie, Project Manager, Organics, Zero Waste Scotland
Questions and comments from the floor

12.30-13.30  –  Lunch & exhibition

13.30-14.30  –  How to make small-scale AD work
Scotland has many small distilleries, breweries, farms, food manufacturers, restaurants and other businesses that could greatly benefit from AD, but how can we make AD accessible to and affordable for small businesses? This panel will discuss planning issues and how recently developed small-scale AD and modular solutions could be the answer.

Chair: Dr Thom Koller, Policy Manager, ADBA
Brian Denney, Regional Environmental Director, Pegasus Group –  ‘Location, Scale and Navigating the Planning System
Ifeyinwa Kanu, Director, IntelliDigest
James Murcott, Director, Methanogen UK Ltd
Mark Clayton, Managing Director, QUBE Renewables Ltd
Questions and comments from the floor

14.30-15.30  –  What is the best use for biogas in Scotland?
Scotland’s AD industry is currently concentrating on electricity, but what other opportunities are there?
Biogas is also successfully being used for transport, district heating and grid injection. This panel will look at case studies, trying to understand the benefits, barriers, reasoning and finances behind these different applications.

Chair: Alison McKinnie, Project Manager, Organics, Zero Waste Scotland
Dr Stephen Wise, Waste Sector Director & Waste Technical Leader, Environmental & Infrastructure Solutions, Wood plc
Dr Gregor McDonald, Senior Technology Analyst, Scottish Enterprise
Arthur Robertson, Marketing Manager, Scotia Gas Networks
Questions and comments from the floor

15.30-16.00  –  Break & exhibition

16.00-17.00  –  Food security and land use
Could the rise of AD plants put food security at risk, as the draff from distilleries that was traditionally used as animal feed is now diverted to AD plants? Is too much land being used for energy crops, taking it away from food production? The panellists will discuss how the farming and AD communities can operate in synergy.

Chair: Dr Thom Koller, Policy Manager, ADBA
Julian Bell, Senior Consultant, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
Andrew Bauer, Deputy Director of Policy, NFU Scotland
Jamie Pitcairn, Director, Scotland, Ricardo Energy & Environment
Questions and comments from the floor

17.00  –  Conference finish

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