Programme

Programme subject to change, updates ongoing.
Time Information
09:00 - 09:05
Welcome

09:10 - 09:30
Introduction
Gavin Graveson, Executive VP UK and Ireland, Veolia; ESA Chairman
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair

A brief overview of where the industry is; an analysis of the challenges it faces; an outline of industry developments and activities in addressing the challenges;  a  vision of what the future might look like.
09:35 - 10:00
Updates on heat decarbonisation plans and policy - how will these play out for the waste to energy sector?
John Saunders, Head of HNDU, BEIS
Ian Calvert, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy; Session chair

10:05 - 10:45
The investment appetite for energy from waste: short and long term considerations.
David Harradine, Director, Project finance, ABN AMRO Bank NV
Adrian Judge, Director, Tolvik Consulting
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair

The waste to energy market in the UK continues to grow, despite the challenges of 2020, and more plants are planned, but are there clouds on the horizon?  An analysis of the successes, opportunities, challenges and prospects for waste to energy investment.

The waste market – what’s changed?
Covid has impacted on volumes and composition; taxes and import constraints are affecting material flows, capacity is increasing -  what does it all mean for the waste to energy sector?
10:45 - 11:00
Refreshment break

11:00 - 11:20
Keynote address: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Rebecca Pow MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra, Rebecca Pow MP, ,
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair

Updates on government policy for resources management and waste treatment.  (title to be confirmed)
11:25 - 11:45
11:50 - 12:20
Managing the challenges - the local authority viewpoint of waste management going forward.
Steve Read, Chair of ADEPT Environment Board, Director of Environment and Public Protection, , West Sussex County Council
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair

An exploration of the pressures faced by local authorities post Covid, and how these might play out for waste management;  implications for budgets; the economics of collection, treatment and separation, whilst achieving policy aims; longer term effects on waste management planning and the impacts on waste to energy.
12:25 - 12:50
Feedstock developments
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd; speaker and session chair
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair

Providing a deep-dive into how waste is changing and what this means for the waste to energy industry.  Discussing both the short term, post Covid environment,  and longer term trends, this session looks at changes in volume, location, composition, flows, and CV measures, and analyses what the technical and economic implications of all this means for waste to energy operators.          
12:50 - 13:40
Lunch and networking break

Arrange meetings, visit exhibitor booths, make connections with fellow attendees, either on video links or via messaging.
13:40 - 14:15

Project delivery

Gaining planning consent remains a key obstacle and is frequently the time when public concerns most come to the fore.
Natalie Maletras, Senior Associate – Waste & Infrastructure, Stantec
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK; Session chair

This session explores the factors that enabled certain recent projects to achieve successful consent, discusses what lessons can be applied to other developments, and considers what forms of engagement and information might bridge the gap between developers and community.

Heat network solutions

Securing a city led heat network–
George Munson, Senior Project Manager Sustainable Energy and Air Quality Resources and Housing,, Leeds City Council
Ian Calvert, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy; Session chair

A look at the Leeds' PIPES heat network and the reasons for its success: forward planning for clear partnerships and robust delivery structures. 
14:20 - 14:55

Project delivery

Ensuring permitting requirements are in line with BREF and BAT standards–
Ben Freeman, E&B Senior Advisor (Waste Incineration), Environment Agency
Stuart Davies, Head of Technical Compliance, Viridor
Paul James, CIWM Chair Thermal Treatment Special Interest Group, Director - Independent Consultant & Advisor , Energy & Resources Ltd; Session chair

What will the new standards mean for the sector? The regulator and a plant operator discuss the details and what these will mean for plants in the UK,  but equally similar regulations will be applied to plants throughout Europe.

Heat network solutions

Local authority-based heat network delivery
Jayne Clare, Managing Director, Energetik
Jim Kendall, Managing Director, LondonEnergy
Ian Calvert, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy; Session chair

This session considers how to overcome the hurdles of heat network delivery
- developing contractual structures with numerous parties, including local authorities, the heat provider itself  etc
- securing funding and investment
- planning long term revenues and risk management
- technical elements of piping, delivery
- engaging and ensuring customer buy-in
15:00 - 15:15

Circular economy and resource recovery

European plastics material flows and value chains – commercial viability criteria for circular supply systems
Claudia Amos, Technical Director, Anthesis

Project delivery

Risk allocation and risk mitigation in EPC contracts
Siegfried Scholz, Managing Director, Standardkessel Baumgarte

15:15 - 15:50
Round table discussions and interest-focused networking

15:50 - 16:25

Project delivery

Project delivery structures -
Alex Young, Project Development Manager, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
Dr-Ing Ute Fleck, Head of Sales EPC, CNIM SA
David Cullen, Programme Director, NLWA
Ian Crummack, MD, Cobalt Energy; Session chair

Are there models of project delivery that could reduce risks and provide positive contributions to current structures? Are new entrants in the market having an effect on how these arrangements are formed? 
Major project developers and EPC contractors discuss developments in this critical part of the industry.

Circular economy and resource recovery

Plastics - moving from the waste stream to the chemicals industry?
Adrian Griffiths, CEO, Recycling Technologies

Circular economy principles are driving much resource and waste strategy, and are seen as part of the route to net zero.  As waste streams become more separated and the fuels and chemicals industries look for alternative feedstocks, there are opportunities for advanced technical solutions for the plastics waste stream. 
But questions remain -
Are these systems technically and economically viable?
Securing waste streams and achieving correct feedstock quality  - what are the challenges and how can they be resolved?
The smaller scale, decentralised plants -  can sufficient scale-up or multiplication be achieved?
The new partnerships that are being forged - how robust are they, and do they provide the model for the waste industry of the future?
16:30 - 17:10

Growth markets

Market insight: Brazil
Yuri Schmitke A. Belchior Tisi, President of The Brazilian Association for Energy Recovery from Waste (ABREN), , President of Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (WtERT - Brazil)
Flavio Matos, MSc.,, Advisor of ABREN and Coordinator of WtERT Brasil,
André Tchernobilsky, CEO, ZEG Environmental and Advisor of ABREN
Christophe Cord’Homme, Business and Products Development Director, CNIM; Session chair

With legislation now in place to direct waste from landfill to waste treatment, Brazil is looking at developing a number of energy from waste plants around key cities, and with 36 mtpa required to be diverted from dumps or landfills by 2024, this is a sizeable potential market.

Project delivery

Achieving financial close - what will investors be looking for, going forward?
Jeff Gibbon, Director, EfW Consulting Ltd; Session chair
Tom Koltis, Executive Director, Corporate Development, Covanta
Martin McCaffery, Senior Vice President, Green Investment Group

Bringing together a range of parties from a successful financial project close, the speakers explore trends and developments in the market and the necessary responses to these to achieve a positive solution.
17:15 - 17:45

Industry discussion

The role of waste to energy - how should we employ it to maximise its benefits and value in the low carbon future?
Prof Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI), Head of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham.

Take part in the discussion, ask live questions and examine the opportunities for sector development.
17:45 - 18:30
Focused networking session

Benefit from the virtual conference platform to "meet" with exhibitors and fellow attendees, using face to face video and chat facilities.  Take advantage of the platform's system to network with new contacts and fellow professionals across the global waste to energy industry.
Time Information
08:00 - 08:30

Growth markets

The Australian waste to energy market – growth potential from an investor / developer view point.
Edward Nicholas, , Tribe Infrastructure Group

08:30 - 09:30
Breakfast networking

09:30 - 09:35
09:35 - 10:15
Leaders' panel
John Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer , SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
Thomas Obermeier, CEO , Hon President DGAW; Head of business development EEW; CEO TOMM+C (management and consulting company)
Ian Crummack, MD, Cobalt Energy; Session chair

How do the CEOs of major companies in the industry see their businesses developing over the next ten years? 
What impact will the drive to net zero have on their businesses and how can the changing requirements be turned to opportunities?

10:20 - 10:45
The investment environment for waste to energy development in key regions-
Susan Goeransson, Director, Head of Infrastructure, Europe , EBRD, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Patrick Clerens, Secretary General, ESWET; Session chair

Europe

Driven by a combination of domestic and wider EU policies, a number of regions are upgrading their waste management and treatment infrastructure, attracting investment into circular economy, waste treatment and waste to energy solutions.  Which regions look most attractive for investment and what financing structures achieve success?    Are most projects municipal based, or is there space for merchant developments?
10:45 - 11:00
Refreshment break

11:00 - 11:25
Developments in European policy
Jorge Diaz del Castillo, Policy Officer, DG Environment, European Commission
Patrick Clerens, Secretary General, ESWET; Session chair

An opportunity to discuss and ask policy related questions to the EU representative.
11:25 - 11:45
11:50 - 12:30
Key markets: developments in RDF trade, the implications of Brexit, taxes, carbon measures and the Green Deal.
Dr Bärbel Birnstengel, Principal, Waste & Secondary Raw Material , Prognos AG
Ralf Schopwinkel, COO, Geminor
Robert Corijn, Chair RDF Industry Group and Marketing Manager , Attero
Mike Brown, Managing Director, Eunomia; Session chair

The RDF market is undergoing considerable change, with exports reducing from the UK, but new trade flows emerging, taxes being applied in some countries and not others.  This session features speakers from key European countries and explores how they see the market currently and how it will develop over the next couple of years.
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break and virtual networking

Visit exhibitor and sponsor booths - make connections, arrange meetings and have virtual "face to face" discussions to increase business networking.
13:30 - 13:55

Growth markets

A focus on CEE growth markets for waste to energy
Tim Buisseret, Country Director, Department for International Trade, UK Government; Session chair
Simon Thorne, Managing Director, Simon Thorne Consulting

A  number of central and eastern European countries are investing in waste and resource management and waste to energy .  This session provides an opportunity to find out more, make contacts and discuss how UK Export Finance can help provide investment confidence.

Delivering complex projects

Development of a major, complex, multi-function project – a look at the Singapore Tuas IWMF
Benoit Englebert, Sales & Business Development Manager, Keppel Seghers

Integrating one of the world’s largest and most advanced waste to energy plants with a water and sludge treatment plant, an anaerobic digestion plant and full recycling facilities, the Singapore IWMF illustrates the synergies between energy outputs and optimised resource  flows.
This session explores the development of the project, looking at the engineering challenges and multi-partner coordination.
14:00 - 14:30

Delivering complex projects

North London Heat and Power project - an update on a major project of resource recovery, waste treatment and heat network infrastructure
David Cullen, Programme Director, NLWA

The North London Heat and Power Project includes building a world-class Energy Recovery Facility and flagship recycling facilities to support NLWA’s ambitious recycling plans. 
The Energy Recovery Facility will be one of the most efficient and advanced facilities of its kind in the UK, and among the best performing in Europe.
The North London Heat and Power Project will be capable of exporting power to the national grid and providing heat to the Meridian Water Heat Network. It will provide enough energy to serve the needs of 127,000 homes – that’s equivalent to more than every household in the borough of Enfield.

Growth markets

Market insight: Poland
Adam Sabuda, Portfolio Manager, Alternative Fuels, Fortum Power and Heat Polska Sp.
Christophe Cord’Homme, Business and Products Development Director, CNIM; Session chair

With the transposition of EU environment legislation, Poland is building systems for circular economy, waste management and waste treatment activities.  Moves to reduce carbon will also come into play, creating market opportunities in a number of areas for waste treatment and waste to energy.
14:30 - 15:00

Circular economy and resource recovery

Optimising circular economy principles with conversion of APCr and other ash streams to useable products; a cradle to grave approach.
James Ng, APCr Contracts Manager, O.C.O. Technology

Circular economy policies are driving a number of markets, making resource recovery an essential part of efficient waste treatment.  This session explores developments in the processes that are enabling improved resource recovery and use of APCr and other ash streams.


14:30 - 14:45

Plant optimisation - digital systems

Improving plant performance and reducing downtime with advanced combustion performance monitoring
Matthias Lukic, CEO, Owner, Technikgruppe
Damir Zibrat, Business Development Manager, Technikgruppe

Practical results and theoretical explanations about Technikgruppe combustion optimisation systems.
Gain a greater understanding of the technical issues around combustion and examine the benefits of enhanced steam production, stabilised air flows and stabilised flue gas temperature to enhance overall performance.
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00
Interest-focused round tables and networking break

Interest-focused round table rooms enable multi person video for further questions and more in-depth discussion.

Round table 1 - Technikgruppe    Combustion optimisation - practical examples and theory.

Round table 2 - Dalkia Wastenergy
16:00 - 16:25

Plant optimisation - revamping and upgrading

Case study: upgrading an ageing plant to lengthen its life and reduce maintenance costs
Matthias Mohr, , ZVAWS, Germany
Detlev Huber, , Martin GmbH
Paul James, CIWM Chair Thermal Treatment Special Interest Group, Director - Independent Consultant & Advisor , Energy & Resources Ltd; Session chair

This  session examines the drivers behind revamping an older plant; the factors behind the work, the economics and returns of doing so and the lessons learnt. 
16:25 - 16:50

Plant optimisation - revamping and upgrading

Case study: upgrading an ageing plant to increase its electrical and heat output
Altay Koc, , ZAB, Switzerland
Christophe Cord’Homme, Business and Products Development Director, CNIM; Session chair

This ageing plant in Switzerland needed upgrading to meet domestic regulations on efficiency, so as part of a long term project of improvement, this case study examines the replacement of one of the lines, the flue gas cleaning system changing from wet to dry and a new building being created around the original plant to house the new, larger, facilities. 
17:00 - 17:45
17:45 - 18:30
Networking session

"Meet" virtually with fellow attendees, and make connections that can aid business growth and development.
Time Information
08:00 - 08:45
Breakfast networking

08:50 - 08:55
Welcome and introduction

09:00 - 09:35
Keynote address: the route to net zero

09:45 - 10:15
10:20 - 10:45

Carbon capture and storage

Development of CCS in Fortum Oslo Varme
Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås, Director CCS (CO2 Capture and Storage), Fortum Oslo Varme AS
Susanna Elks, Energy Policy Advisor, ES Catapult; Stream chair

Technical aspects, partnerships and funding – exploring the challenge of financing CCS in the EfW sector.
10:50 - 11:15

Carbon capture and storage

CCS on a UK waste to energy plant -
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd; speaker and session chair
Susanna Elks, Energy Policy Advisor, ES Catapult; Stream chair

The first proposed UK project, sited on the Suez energy from waste plant at Teesside, will be part of the Net Zero Northeast cluster.  This session provides an opportunity to explore practical elements and financing structures.
title to be confirmed.
11:15 - 11:40
Refreshment and networking break

11:40 - 12:05

Hydrogen development

Hydrogen development - what's the role for waste to energy?
Jean-Louis Kindler, CEO, Ways2H

12:30 - 13:00

Industry discussion

Lessons learnt for the waste to energy industry from the Covid months
Ian Crummack, MD, Cobalt Energy; Session chair
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK; Session chair

Despite the trauma of the last few months, the waste industry has continued heroically, and those on the front line have been acknowledged as key workers.  The waste to energy sector has continued to perform a vital function, and a number of new projects have reached financial close during this time.
What lessons can we share, in terms of system strengths and weaknesses, back up and contingency planning, risk management, etc, which can help the sector develop robustness and resilience going forward?