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

Tuesday 23 February 2016

Site visit to Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park

Wednesday 24 February 2016

08:15 UKTI sponsored networking breakfast: open to all attendees for pre-conference networking
Of particular relevance for all those interested in inward investment and / or export activities
Meetings can be booked through the conference meeting system.

09:15 Chairman's Welcome

09:25 The EU policy environment for waste to energy: the circular economy package and the waste to energy communication

09:55 An analysis of the UK policy response and the future of resource management and waste to energy in the UK

10:20 Discussion: Strategic directions for the waste and waste to energy industry over the next fifteen years - wider European perspectives.

Morning Break

11:30 Future energy requirements in the UK and models for national generation capacity; the opportunities for decentralised generation & waste to energy

11:55 A carbon smart future: the role of waste in the bioeconomy

  • Freya Burton, VP Communications and Government Relations, LanzaTech

12:20 Panel Debate: The commercial environment for resource management and waste to energy – securing growth in changing market conditions

A discussion examining capacity, financing, growth opportunities and wider market issues.


14:00 Streams

Stream 1A
Stream 1B
Successful project financing in the low subsidy era.

De-risking the merchant plant; Successful project development, merchant waste gasification; Achieving financial close in the current climate; Case study: Full Circle Generation/Bombardier
EfW, Belfast. Discussion.

Energy, fuels, gases and chemicals - high value outputs from advanced technologies.

Policy drivers in the UK biofuel market - what this means for sector development; A brief outline of developing BIS bio-economy policy; Waste to liquid fuels - a route to project viability; An alternative view for the use of organics in waste


15:40 Streams

Stream 2A
Stream 2B
System comparisons - what technology works where and why? What are the criteria and parameters that affect technology decisions?

Weighing the pros and cons: factors and drivers for technology solution choices; Technology choice in Milton Keynes - the drivers for current and future planning; Procurement factors for waste to energy in Peterborough (title tbc)

  • Dr Kevin Whiting, Head of Energy & Biomass, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff (Chairman)
  • Stephen Othen, Technology Director, Fichtner
  • Richard Pearn, Waste Partnership Manager, Peterborough City Council
  • Andy Hudson, Head of Environment and Waste, Milton Keynes Council.
  • Paco Hevia, Head of projects, centre of excellence, Amey
Feedstock: RDF, infrastructure and resource management - how will the market develop?

RDF, resource management and the interplay with the circular economy; Quality assurance and commercial strategies: market implications for RDF; Ensuring Duty of Care - combatting waste crime throughout the supply chain; Discussion - what are the prospects for the RDF market? How can quality feedstock be assured in the current environment?

16:50 Focus Sessions

Assessing project criteria for technology choice and investment viability - waste biomass

New finance models for project development - routes to success, investor perspective

Driving forward commercial viability for biofuels from waste - what does it take?

Turkey: insights into a key growth market for waste to energy17:30 Exhibition viewing

18:00 Drinks reception

19:00 Conference dinner
After-dinner speaker is Leo Johnson - Founder of Sustainable Finance and Co-presenter of Radio 4 FutureProofing

21:30 Close

Thursday 25 February 2016

08:10 Networking breakfast: open to all attendees
Exhibition viewing
Focus Discussion, Australia: insights into a key growth market for waste to energy

Chair: Allan Barton, Director, Global Business Leader, Resources and Waste, Arup

09:00 Chairman's Welcome

09:10 Keynote - Growing low carbon heat networks: the role of Government

  • David Wagstaff, Head of Heat Infrastructure Team, Deputy Director at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

09:45 Critical considerations for waste to energy development in new and established markets

  • Allan Barton, Director, Global Business Leader, Resources and Waste, Arup

09:55 Sustainable Singapore – waste management and waste-to-energy in a global city

  • Lam Boon Kia, Project Director, 6th Incineration Plant, National Environment Agency, Singapore

10:15 Sustainable Milan - a multi-approach strategy, including waste management and wider heating and cooling networks

  • Pierfrancesco Maran, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Environment, Subways, Public Water and Energy, City of Milan

10:35 Questions and discussion - how do we maximise the carbon reduction benefits of waste to energy, and strategies to deliver these; the development of resilient, low carbon cities and the integration of waste to energy - challenges, solutions


11:30 Streams

Stream 1A
Stream 1B
Local authority waste collection and treatment.

A look at the future of waste collections and the interplay with waste treatment provision; After PFI: resource management for community benefit, future options in collection, treatment and contract arrangements; Delivering resource networks for the UK: partnerships and policy for resource efficiency.


  • Adam Read, Practice Director - Waste Management, Ricardo AEA (Chairman)
  • Andrew Bird, Chair LARAC & Recycling Strategy and Commissioning Manager, Newcastle under Lyme BC
  • Lisa Trickett, Sustainability, Birmingham City Council
  • Phillip Piddington, COO, Viridor

Making current assets work harder – driving forward efficiency in established technologies.
Transitioning from energy from waste development to full plant operations - lessons learned; The implications of the revised BREF and emerging BATAELS, for current and future plants, in the waste to energy sector; Reducing costs and improving output: management of consumables for optimum results; Devonport WtE - design & operation of a high-efficiency CHP plant

Questions and discussion


14:00 Streams

Stream 2A
Stream 2B
Accelerating efficiency and commercial viability in the ACT sector.

Kobelco: advancing technical performance for improved outputs and increased revenue streams. Gas cleaning and tar removal for improved efficiency from MSW and C & I feedstocks ; Road-map to commercialising BioSNG; Securing Project Viability through Technical Advances and Life Cycle Operations Support
Questions and discussion

Operational efficiency in established technology.
A new combustion concept that significantly improves the performance of existing waste incinerators; Improving parameters for increased electrical efficiency in existing and new plants; Applying established CFB gasification technology to increase efficiency in coal fired power stations and SRF power plants; Boiler maintenance for optimum efficiency; Questions and discussion


15:40 Streams

Stream 3A
Stream 3B
Achieving financial viability for heat networks.

Removing barriers to private finance in heat networks
Municipal Energy Companies -the way to unlock heat Networks?Discussion exploring the requirements and structures for successful heat network financing: views from stakeholders encouraged

Operational efficiency at all points of the process.
Increasing resource recovery and higher value outputs from IBA; World class reliability through changing people - How best practice techniques from manufacturing can improve operational performance and reduce costs
Summary, key lessons learnt, operational efficiency

16:40 Wrap-up Session

Where are the waste and waste to energy industries heading over the next ten years? What key ideas should the sector take away to maintain growth and commercial resilience?

**Programme may be subject to change**