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ADBA National Conference

08 December, 2022 9:00AM - 7:00PM

Venue: One Great George Street, London

“Anaerobic Digestion: Key to Resilience”

Given the UK has a new administration in place, the ADBA National Conference will be pivotal — setting out a roadmap for AD beyond the end of the Green Gas Support Scheme in 2025.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is spurring a food crisis and worsening the ongoing energy crisis, which in turn triggers CO2 and fertiliser crises. With gas and fertiliser prices at an all-time high and surging demand for bio-CO2, as well as higher prices for RTFCs and biomethane certifications, now is an opportune moment for the industry. We continue to see demand for, and production of, AD and its co-products such as digestate (biofertiliser) growing fast.

With the right Government support, the scale-up of home-grown green gas would improve the country’s energy security, help deliver Net Zero, stabilise supplies, restore soil and deliver over 20% of the UK’s contribution to the Global Methane Pledge. The AD and bioresources industry is a huge commercial opportunity that would create 60,000 new jobs across the UK.

Join us at the ADBA National Conference 2022 as we explore the policy, business and technology to enable the industry to flourish.


Delegate Ticket Prices:

Early Bird (Member) – £280 + VAT…. sale ended
Early Bird (Non-Member) – £415 + VAT…. sale ended

Standard (Member) – £385 + VAT
Standard (Non-Member) – £520 + VAT
3-for-2 (Member) – £770 + VAT
3-for-2 (Non-Member) – £1,040 + VAT
Local Authority – £145 + VAT
Student – £60 + VAT

Space is limited. To secure your place at the conference, scroll down and follow the instructions to purchase your delegate tickets. 

— Programme —




Welcome — Chris Huhne, Chair, ADBA


Keynote — Minister from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), tbc


Keynote and Panel, moderated by Chris Huhne

AD – the market solution to energy, food and climate security

Keynote: Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Green New Deal & Energy (Labour) – Great British Energy; what is it, what would it do, what role for biogas

Russell Smyth, Sustainable Futures, KPMG – mechanisms to support biogas development.

David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide Biogas Solutions UK and President British Compressed Gas Association – The need to refine regulation to enable the growth of bioresources from AD.


Networking Break — Tea and coffee reception


AD – the next public utility

One of the most striking trends in clean energy over the past decade has been its localisation. This panel considers the role of biogas in aligning energy and waste streams to deliver sustainable growth.

Moderated by Leanne Williams, Lead Analyst, ADBA

James Richardson, Chief Economist, National Infrastructure Commission – The role of biogas in net zero infrastructure

David McKee, Chief Technical Officer, Bio Capital – AD, closing the loops to integrate energy into wider systems such as waste or transport

Sue Jefferson, Director, Circular Malton & Norton – Leveraging Community AD as a catalyst for sustainable growth


Networking — Lunch reception


Keynote, hosted by Chris Huhne, Chair, ADBA

Lord Deben, Chair, Climate Change Committee – COP 27 Debrief


Breakout Sessions (two theatres)

Theatre 1

14:15AD as critical local infrastructure

Local authorities are under increasing pressure to deliver better air quality, more housing and climate resilience. Hundreds have declared climate emergencies and are developing local action plans to deliver a net zero future. AD should stand at the heart of this transition, as it can enable net zero housing developments and industrial clusters, aligning energy, waste and transport sectors. This expert panel considers how to engage with the community and local action plans.

(Moderator) Brian Farrell, Head of the Energy & Resource Management, Ashfords

Sue Jefferson, Director, Circular Malton & Norton CIC –Behaviour change and circular economy centred round AD

Lucy Hopwood, Company Director, Lead Consultant – Bioenergy & Anaerobic Digestion, NNFCC

Mark Richmond, Technical Director, WRMHow waste management systems can change the nature of cities

Theatre 2

14:15 – Digestate valorisation

Higher food prices are being baked into the system as input costs for farmers are spiralling. Fertiliser prices as of June were up between 120 to 170% (depending on type). This should be digestate’s moment. This expert panel considers how operators can take advantage of this opportunity to establish digestate as a readily-available replacement for the fossil-derived mineral equivalent.

(Moderator) Leanne Williams, Lead Analyst, ADBA

Dr David Tompkins, Organics Recycling Manager, Aqua Enviro – Digestate – what does quality look like

+ more speakers to be announced

16:00Energy futures – what needs to happen to unleash the power of biogas

The biogenic potential of UK Plc is vast. What needs to happen to allow this domestic energy to be optimised. From cutting red-tape, removing cost burdens to backing conversion out of electricity to biomethane upgrading. The session also includes CHP conversions to biomethane production. This expert panel will consider how biogas can drive forward the net zero agendas of the national grids.

(Moderator) Richard Gueterbock, Director, Foodchains

Lucy Hopwood, Company Director, Lead Consultant – Bioenergy & Anaerobic Digestion, NNFCC, — The potential for CHP conversions to biogas upgrading and the need for support

Tim Charters, Corporate Finance Advisor, BEISFuture support for AD under GGSS

John Baldwin, Managing Director, CNG Services — The Biomethane Ladder – putting forward the best use cases for biomethane

16:00 – AD – What does good look like

As AD emerges as a key utility across multiple sectors with key contributions to make in delivering energy, food and climate security the industry’s credentials are rightly coming under increasing scrutiny.  This is nothing to be scared of, it is a matter of self-interest. Well run plants boost your bottom line giving a valuable boost to ROI. If adopted at the planning stage, good process management plans will ease permitting and improve design. This expert panel will offer a valuable insight into plant optimisation, health and safety, environmental standards and more.

(Moderator) David Woolgar, Consultant and former Chair ADBA Health & Safety Working Group, David Woolgar Consulting

Howard Lieberman, Senior Advisor Waste Treatment & Storage, Environment Agency – Perspectives on waste regulation 

Avril Banks, Director, AB-EN Ltd – Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of process


Drinks reception

— Exhibitors —

— Partners —


Operating AD plants
Policymakers and government officials
Feedstock providers
The AD supply chain
Financiers, insurers, developers

Agri-food industry
Heavy industry
Universities and research institutions
Non-governmental organisations

Included in the ticket price…

 experts’ presentations on business, policy and technology

 face-to-face networking

 exhibition area showcasing products and services

 lunch, coffee, tea and drinks reception

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“where the shakers and movers in AD can be found and networked”

Iain Steel
Development Director, BioWatt Developments Ltd

“an excellent overview on policy and strategic direction of the AD sector”

Michael Fishwick
Director, Powerhouse Management Ltd

“well attended, with great speakers, content and networking opportunities”

Matt Hale
International Sales and Marketing Director, HRS Heat Exchangers

Questions? Contact Robert Zlokower, Campaigns and Marketing Manager at ADBA, at and +44 (0) 20 3960 0780

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Download the brochure and contact Mark Galbraith, Business Development Director at ADBA, at and +44 (0) 20 3176 4415

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