Energy from Waste 2018: Economic and operational aspects of successful global EfW infrastructure development

Day 1 (Wednesday 28 February) – Economics, finance, business models

08:30 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 09:15 Welcome & housekeeping
Ian Crummack, managing director, Cobalt Energy

09:15 - 10:00 Overview of the global EfW market

Paul De Bruycker, president Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants, CEO Indaver

EfW plays an important role in waste management. Within the European concept of the Circular Economy the focus is both on value creation and a high level of environmental protection. However, the role of EfW differs across the globe, leading to a different approach and a different speed in the development of infrastructure. Mr De Bruycker will deliver a global overview of the current EfW market in this opening keynote.

10:00 - 10:45 Opportunities in the UK and RDF export market in the next five years

Mark Terrell, general manager, Andusia Recovered Fuels
Harriet Parke, senior consultant, Eunomia

Mark and Harriet will be providing an overview of how the RDF export market has developed, and will go on to explore the opportunities in the UK and export market in the next five years. They will highlight key market trends, with reference to the potential impacts of Brexit, forecast waste volumes, and the impacts of legislation both in the EU and UK.

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 - 12:00 Panel: Finance models for EfW projects

Maxine Perella, Environmental journalist (Chair)
Richard Belfield, senior sales director, HZI
James Samworth, Partner, Foresight Group
Jeffrey Gibbon, Director - Energy & Environmental Finance, Ernst & Young LLP

Finance models for EfW projects are evolving and risk is being pushed from the investor down the supply chain to the contractor. The panel discusses finance strategies for successful project delivery, including use of land leases, equity & debt and the role of export credit guarantees.

12:00 - 12:30 Why EfW should be considered a vital pillar of the Circular Economy

Maxine Perella, Environmental journalist (Chair)
Andy Pike, strategic infrastructure projects director, Cory Riverside

Keith Riley, director, BH Energy Gap
Keith Allaun, CEO, Powerhouse

Energy from Waste has never been more important to the UK as the country faces up to the challenges associated with the great energy transition and a move towards a more circular economy. The dynamics of our energy requirements in this country are changing dramatically, and we need an energy system that meets both the demand and the UK’s commitments to generating low carbon energy. In this session, hear how with a re-alignment of strategic thinking, energy from waste could play an active role in supporting the circular economy.

12:30 - 13:00 Panel: Project contract structure – pitfalls to be aware of and successful examples

James Snape, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (Chair)
James Dowell, bid director, Suez
Mark Ramsay, Principal Consultant & Energy from Waste Knowledge Leader, Ricardo

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:45 Stream 1: EfW business plan best practice for successful project delivery

Dr Stephen Wise, waste sector director, Wood Plc (chair)
Madeleine Teasdale, Head of Business Development, 4New
Neil Bennett, Commercial Director, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
Richard Kelly, Managing Director, EMS Cognito

14:00 - 14:45 Stream 2: Myth Busting - Local authority – Is getting planning permission really so difficult? What are the issues now with getting planning permission?

Claire Brown, associate director, planning and design, Wood plc
Brian Hamilton, technical director, planning and design, Wood plc
Graham Gunby, Development Manager, Suffolk County Council

In today’s climate of enhanced environmental regulation, ever-changing planning rules and drive towards greater engagement of communities affected by development proposals, the speakers will evaluate what makes a good and bad planning application.

The session will highlight how the ‘rules of the game’ have changed in recent months and years – including the increased responsibility on Planning Authorities to implement more robust environment assessment regulations, and issues relating to enhanced community engagement. The session will also look at strategies to streamline the planning stage of a project, as well as how to avoid the pitfalls of planning refusal and judicial review.

14:45 - 15:30 Stream 1: Heat Networks: A look at latest developments in the UK and abroad

Ian Crummack (Chair), managing director, Cobalt Energy
Crispin Matson, country manager - Director, Energy Systems, Ramboll UK
Anders Dyrelund, district heating and energy planning specialist, Ramboll Denmark
Jarno Stet, waste services manager, Westminster City Council

Hear about the latest developments in district heating network - which allows it to be combined with large power stations, boiler plants using a variety of fuels, waste to energy plants, industrial heat recovery and a range of renewable energy sources such as solar thermal, biomass and geothermal.

14:45 - 15:30 Stream 2: Myth Busting - What is the secret of getting the Environmental Permit

Stephen Othen, technical director, Fichtner Consulting Engineers
Simon Tilling, Partner, Burges Salmon LLP

Stephen will begin the session with a brief history of pollution control, before going on to explain how to apply for an Environmental Permit, how long it takes, and pitfalls to avoid during the application process. You will also find out just why chimneys are so tall!

15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon tea

16:00 - 16:45 Project development for emerging markets

Ian Crummack (Chair), managing director, Cobalt Energy
Dr Chindarat Taylor, founder and director, Resource Efficiency Pathway
Dr-Ing Ute Fleck, head of sales EPC, CNIM SA
Prashant Maniar, Managing Partner, Encito Advisors

16:45 - 17:30 Asset management, expansion and site maintenance best practice to ensure consistent standards and service delivery.

Ian Crummack (Chair), managing director, Cobalt Energy
Gary Mayson, COO-Energy, Suez R&R UK
Richard Kelly, Managing Director, EMS Cognito

17:30 Close and drinks reception

Day 2 (Thursday 1 March) – Operational aspects of successful EfW delivery

08:30 - 08:50 Registration and refreshments

08:50 - 09:00 Welcome & day-1 round-up
Ian Crummack, managing director, Cobalt Energy

09:00 - 09:45 Big Data in EfW: using data to improve efficiency and performance

Matthias Lukic, CEO, Technikgruppe Austria
Urs Hugentobler, Head of Software Development, Hitachi Zosen Inova

EfW is entering the age of digitalisation and ‘big data’. Data is being generated by hundreds of sensors around even the smallest of energy from waste plants. This data can be collected, analysed and used to develop information which is then used to deliver enhanced performance including reduced emissions, improved reliability, and increased availability and reduced operational costs.

09:45 - 10:30 Residues of EfW and the role of the ESA Protocol

  • The truth about bottom ash and what can be done with it
  • Pollution control residues (APCr) – can it be recycled?

Ian Crummack (Chair), managing director, Cobalt Energy
David York, chairman, Ballast Phoenix

Jane Turrell, Principal Consultant Resource Efficiency, WRc
Andrew Elliott, COO, Castle Environmental

The benefits of recycling Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) are many, including diversion from landfill, recovery of ferrous and no-ferrous metals, production of sustainable aggregates, reducing the demand on natural resources, reduced haulage to landfill, from natural aggregate quarries with associated reduction in emissions and congestion. However erroneous negative perception and consequent forms of regulation can put the benefits at risk.

10:30 - 11:15 Stream 1: Case study: Birmingham City Council: energy capital of UK

Prof Andreas Hornung, director of the insitute branch Fraunhofer Umsicht
Matthew Rhodes, chair, Energy Capital
Prof Martin Freer,
Head of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI), Birmingham University

This session will provide the wider regional context from the perspective of Energy Capital and the development of the Tyseley Energy Park and the link to the City of Birmingham’s development of its waste strategy and low carbon transportation.

10:30 - 11:15 Stream 2: NAECI (The Blue Book): A threat or a blessing and where’s the Brexit link?

Ian Crummack, managing director, Cobalt Energy

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 - 12:30 Stream 1: Policy Discussion

Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association
Prof Ian Arbon, Waste as Resource Champion, IMechE

Following publication of the Clean Growth Strategy, Industrial Strategy and the 25 year Environment Plan, and in advance of Defra’s Resources & Waste Strategy, this session explores the possible implications of the Government’s emerging new policy framework for the energy from waste sector.

11:45 - 12:30 Stream 2: Fire Protection & Prevention

Tim Bigelow, Fire in Waste/CIWM
Angus Sangster, International Fire Consultants

12:30 - 13:15 Skills, training and diversity in the EfW industry

Rachel Oster, co-founder, Women in Solid Waste and Recycling
Prof Margaret Bates, immediate past president of CIWM and chair of its scientific and technical committee

The cultural stereotype is changing, and quickly, in the private sector of the waste and recycling industry. In many countries, the millennial generation is more likely to see a blurry line when it comes to gender roles and definitions in the workplace and home.

This combination of societal shifts has been, and will continue to, entice more women to be interested in starting and building careers in this industry. The question is, where will these women find relevant training, apprenticeships and careers that are fulfilling?

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch

14:15 - 15:00 Technology module part 1 - Inputs - Panel discussion: The influence of waste fuel quality on plant economics and energy output

Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK (Chair)
Jeremy Tomkinson, CEO and lead consultant for Biofuels, NNFCC
Christophe Cord'Homm, Business & Products Development Director , CNIM Group

15:00 - 15:15 Afternoon tea

15:15 - 16:00 Technology module part 2 - Outputs - Panel discussion: Pre- and post-accreditation for qualifying renewable energy schemes: Is there a lack of consistency and how can it be improved?

Dr Stephen Wise, waste sector director, Wood Plc (chair)
Keith Allaun, CEO, Powerhouse
Prof Ian Arbon, Waste as Resource Champion, IMechE
Keith Riley, Director, BH Energy Gap
Sam Thorneycroft, Managing Director, a1-cbiss

16:00 - 16:15 Wrap up from the chair


*Agenda is subject to change

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