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 Environment, 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

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 Energy policy in a non-subsidised, business environment

James will outline how to create a policy environment in which the energy from waste sector can flourish. With a particular focus on the Anaerobic Digestion and Advanced Energy from Waste (including ACT) technologies, which hold significant export potential for post- Brexit Britain, he will examine major economic and policy trends. He will outline how current support mechanisms can be used to establish a thriving industry and how Government can support technological advancement beyond the use of direct subsidy.

  • James Court, head of policy and external affairs, The Renewable Energy Association (REA)

10:10-10:45 How could Brexit affect the future UK EFW sector

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 how Brexit might affect the future UK EFW sector.

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, journalist, Recycling Waste World

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

Specialist equity investor: where do they see the future opportunities

  • James Samworth, partner, Foresight

Senior debt investor

  • David Newman, structured finance office for EMEA, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Project finance legal advisor

12:45-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:35 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.

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



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.

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’?

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

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

  • Mike Read, director, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Keven Le Doujet, heat network policy officer, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

17.15 Wrap up, drinks and dinner

Wednesday 22 February 2017: Energy from Waste Tomorrow

08:45-09:30 'Meet the Speaker' Networking Breakfast

09:30-09:40 Introduction from chair

09:40-10:30 Keynote: How did Rio de Janiero airport deal with the challenge to become 'zero waste, zero carbon, zero grid energy'?

With the eyes of the world on Rio de Janeiro leading up to the Olympic Games in 2016, the local authority, and in particular the International Airport, faced the challenge of dealing effectively with its waste in a difficult humid climate and in light of the potential threat posed by viruses such as Zika. The airport, in partnership with Self Energy, developed an integrated approach that included a WtoE plant combined with a Solar PV plant and integrated plastics, food and grass waste recycling. As a result the airport became fully ready to boast Zero Waste, Zero Carbon and Zero Grid Energy as soon as the full implementation was completed, and no problems were detected during the Olympics.

In this project case study, Self Energy CEO, Miguel Matias, will take you through the project, technologies, its challenges and future opportunities.

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 What is next for waste gasification?

Panel/audience discussion covering Key drivers, developments and technologies. 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?

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?

  • Andrew Bird, Newcastle-under-Lyme CC & LARAC
  • Peter Sharpe, managing director, London Waste
  • Jakob Sahlén, advisor on WtE, Avfall Sverige
  • John Woodruff, principal consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment

13:00-14:00 Lunch

Innovation afternoon

14:00-15:15 Innovation Afternoon



Secondary & Tertiary Technologies to make EFW more viable?

Maurice Bottomley (chair), business development manager, Lodge Cottrell

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.

Future potential of micro-algae systems in primary EfW plants

Utilising solar power at EfW plants

Integration of bio-organic recycling processes to improve plant efficiency

Carbon capture and utilisation

Innovation in existing technologies

Ian Crummack (chair), managing director, Cabalt Energy

Dong Energy REnescience project, Northwich

Harnessing saturated steam to generate low cost power

  • Alex Dimmick, applications engineering manager, Heliex Power
Energy & biogas from waste: two complementary technologies for a carbon-free economy

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