Energy from Waste provides an unrivalled conference programme with world class speakers encompassing government policy, finance, technology developments, operational efficiency and much more.

Monday 20 February 2017

Site Visit: Buckinghamshire County Council and FCC Environmental, Greatmoor, Buckinghamshire

Tuesday 21 February 2017 - Energy from Waste Today

08:15-09:00 Registration and breakfast

09:00-09:10 Introduction from the chair

  • Ian Crummack, managing director, Cobalt Energy

09:10-09:45 Keynote: What does Brexit mean for the European energy market?

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union could have a profound impact on the energy market. Following a public enquiry earlier this year the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) concluded the EU had been “crucial” in shaping environmental policy in the UK. The decision to leave will have a widespread impact on policy as well as raising a question mark over investment in infrastructure. With a long and tortuous negotiation now ahead, this keynote session will examine the legislative implications of the decision; the likely impacts on the supply chain, for example foreign exchange fluctuations; the impact on purchasing EfW technology from Europe and the likely impact on RDF imports to the EU from the UK.

09:45-10:10 The role of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in energy policy in a non-subsidised, business contextualised environment

Speaking last year Chancellor Phillip Hammond, then foreign secretary, noted that the growth in the low-carbon sector of the UK economy was outpacing the growth rate of the economy as a whole, employing more than 460,000 people and contributing £45 billion to the UK economy in 2013, an increase of almost 30 per cent in just three years. The UK should be a leader, not a ‘back-marker’, he said. With the closure of DECC and move of energy into the Business department, this session will examine how the new BEIS will move forward on energy policy in what is now a business context.

10:10-10:45 Where does energy from waste fit now in the UK’s power strategy: a manifesto for government

Energy from waste could be an important part of a mixed energy strategy but too often it is seen as the poor relation to other renewables, such as solar and wind. This session will discuss where EfW fits into the projections for the UK’s power market and looks at where it could develop given the right support.

10:45-11:30 Coffee break and exhibition

11:30-12:00 European overview: is the energy from waste market at capacity?

  • Mike Brown, managing director Eunomia
  • Maxine Perella

After a boom in energy from waste development in Europe the signs are that the rate of development will slow in the next decade. But is there still room for growth? Mike Brown, managing director of consultancy Eunomia, highlights key findings from the latest Residual Waste Infrastructure Review in Europe and presents a capacity timeline in light of Brexit. Environmental journalist Maxine Perella challenges his viewpoint in an on-stage interview.

12:00-12:45 Four perspectives on finance

Lengthy implementation timelines and a lack of incentives combined with regular policy, legislative and technology changes, foreign exchange risk, quality of feedstock, route-to-market and refinancing options create significant barriers for investors in energy from waste. Here four different financiers explain their reasons for investing in the sector and discuss what is needed to make energy from waste more attractive.

  • The corporate investor: With projects on their own balance sheet how comfortable are corporate investors with the risks?
  • Specialist equity investor: Where do they see the future opportunities?
  • Senior debt investor
  • M&A purchaser: European purchasers of EFW assets

12:45-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:35 The Emperor’s new clothes: has gasification had its chance?

It’s been a bad 12 months for gasification with high profile exits from the sector and delays in plants coming online. With grate-based waste combustion the most established technology, with demonstrable long-term commercial viability, why choose gasification and how do the economics stack up?
In this Oxford University style debate Dr Tim Johnson of Advanced Plasma Power, puts the evidence for gasification while Mark Ramsay, principal consultant at Ricardo-AEA, argues against. At the end of the session our delegates will vote for the most persuasive argument.

14.35-15.15: Practical workshops part 1: overcoming the operational barriers to growth



Refuse derived fuel: a market failure?

In January 2015 Defra said there was a ‘market failure’ in RDF in that the environmental cost compared to recycling was not fully taken into account. There were calls for tighter enforcement, government intervention, analysis of environmental problems from lengthy storage and the production of poor quality RDF, as well as exports affecting development of domestic energy-from-waste facilities. Two years on the RDF market is coming under increasing pressure and there are question marks over quality and quantity. How does the industry ensure RDF becomes a ‘market success’?

  • Stephen Wise, associate director, Environment & Infrastructure Europe, Amec Foster Wheeler

Due diligence – risk mitigation

Good due diligence is a critical part of project delivery but a spate of energy from waste failures throws a question mark on whether technical and commercial due diligence is being carried out to a high enough standard. This session looks at how due diligence works and how to get your projects past technical and commercial due diligence.

15:15-15:45: Coffee break and exhibition

15:45-16:30: Practical workshops part 2: overcoming the operational barriers to growth



What are the opportunities for SRF?

The market for the higher quality SRF is emerging. What are the opportunities compared to RDF? Who wants SRF in the market? Can standard EFW technology use SRF and, indeed, do they want it? The panel session features views from the SRF supply chain.

  • UK cement kiln industry explaining plans/drivers for alternative fuels including SRF – pressures from EUETS (do they apply post Brexit)
  • SRF exporter – who wants SRF in the market?
  • SRF producer- meeting the specification, relationships with clients
  • Andy Hill, market development director at Suez

The absence of heat delivery networks

Heat networks play an important role in delivering a sustainable future, providing a lower carbon solution through the use of combined heat and power technology, which makes energy from waste more attractive to investors. However, establishing a heat network infrastructure is challenging and the absence of heat delivering networks is a significant barrier to EfW

17.15 Wrap up, drinks and dinner

Wednesday 22 February 2016: Energy from Waste Tomorrow

08:45-09:30 Breakfast

09:30-09:40 Introduction from chair

09:40-10:30 Keynote: China – is this the future of energy from waste?

The Chinese Government has earmarked $US50bn investment in energy from waste and plans to build 300 energy-from-waste plants over the next three years, shifting the centre of the EfW universe away from Europe to Asia Pacific. Among the sites is the world’s largest plant in Shenzhen which, when it opens in 2020, will be a mile long state-of-the-art facility burning 5,000 metric tons of waste every day. So is China the future for the energy-from-waste market?

10:30-11:00 Smart cities: how does energy from waste fit into the smart city agenda?

Every minute 140 more people are born than die, that’s more than 200,000 a day. And every minute 190 people move to cities, that’s 275,000 a day and a continual pressure on city infrastructure and resources. This session looks at issues around waste integration in smart cities and the evidence base for the role of energy from waste to support decentralised energy systems such as district heating and cooling and combined heat and power.

11:00-11:45 Coffee and exhibition

11:45-12:30 Deep dive into Central and Eastern Europe

This session will examine the opportunities, barriers, investment and legal frameworks for energy from waste in Central and Eastern Europe and identify the best investment opportunities in the region.

12:30-13:00 Local authorities: what is their future role in energy from waste?

Several EfWs are coming to the end of their operational contracts over the next few years and ownership reverts to local authorities. Will specialist operators emerge to bid for these contracts or will the existing waste management companies jump in?

13:00-14:00 Lunch

Innovation afternoon

14:00-14:45 Secondary and tertiary technologies to make energy from waste more viable

In this session experts will discuss the latest technologies and processes that can be built into energy from waste plants to make them more commercially viable and attractive. Covering areas such front end processing to get the desired feedstock and back-end treatments to maximise revenues

  • Dong Energy’s REnescience technology: the world’s first commercial full scale plant for handling unsorted household waste without prior treatment using enzymes will open in Northwich, Manchester in 2017
  • Using residual waste as a feedstock for chemicals and advanced manufacturing

14:45-15:15 Innovation challenge: University panel

15:15-15:45 Coffee and exhibition

15:45-16:30 How does UK energy from waste performance benchmark against other European Countries?

Panel discussion covering power efficiency, waste types, consumable consumption, availability/scale of EFW, heat offtake, total volumes of waste processed, environmental performance and price criteria with an emphasis on where innovation is pushing performance forward.

16:30 Chair sums up and end