Programme

Programme subject to change, updates planned.
Time Information
10:05 - 10:15
Welcome and introduction

10:15 - 10:55
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

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?
11:00 - 11:40
Keynote address: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Rebecca Pow MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra, Rebecca Pow MP, ,

Updates on government policy for resources management and waste treatment.  (title to be confirmed)
11:40 - 12:00
12:05 - 12:40
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

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.
12:45 - 13:15
Updates on heat decarbonisation plans and policy - how will these play out for the waste to energy sector?

Dept of BEIS representative invited
13:15 - 14:00
Lunch and networking break

14:00 - 14:40

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

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.

Feedstock

Feedstock developments
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd; speaker and 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.          
14:45 - 15:25

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

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

Securing a city led heat network–
George Munson, Senior Project Manager Sustainable Energy and Air Quality Resources and Housing,, Leeds City Council

forward planning for clear partnerships and robust delivery structures. 

Growth markets

Market insight: Poland
Adam Sabuda, Portfolio Manager, Alternative Fuels, Fortum Power and Heat Polska Sp.

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.
15:25 - 15:55
Networking break

15:55 - 16:35

Project delivery

EPC delivery structures -
Neil Young, Technical Director, Brockwell Energy
David Cullen, Programme Director, NLWA

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.

Heat network solutions

Multi-partner heat networks -

Case study example: structural and partnership arrangements for successful project delivery.
Speakers invited.

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

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.
16:40 - 17:15
Leaders' discussion - what does the future hold for an industry seeing new partnerships and an active mergers and acquisitions market?

17:15 - 18:30
Networking

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.
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08:30 - 09:30
Breakfast networking

10:00 - 10:10
Welcome and introduction

10:10 - 10:45
Leaders' panel
John Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer , SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

How do the CEOs of major companies in the industry see their businesses developing over the next ten years?  
10:45 - 11:20
The investment environment for waste to energy development in key European regions
Susan Goeransson, Director, Head of Infrastructure, Europe , EBRD, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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?
11:20 - 11:55
Developments in European policy

Speaker invited
11:55 - 12:20
Industry analysis and response
Dr Ella Stengler, Managing Director,, CEWEP

12:20 - 13:00
Key European markets: developments in RDF trade, the implications of taxes, carbon measures and the Green Deal.
Robert Corijn, Chair RDF Industry Group and Marketing Manager , Attero

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.
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch break and networking

14:00 - 14:40

Delivering complex projects

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

14:40 - 15:20

Growth markets

A focus on CEE growth markets for waste to energy
Tim Buisseret, Country Director, Department for International Trade, UK Government

A  number of central and eastern European  regions are considering 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 -

update on developments
15:25 - 16:00
Networking break

16:00 - 16:25

Plant optimisation - revamping and upgrading

Case study: upgrading an ageing plant to lengthen its life and reduce maintenance costs
Edmund Fleck, Managing Director , Martin GmbH fur Umwelt-und Energietechnik
Matthias Mohr, , ZVAWS, Germany

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

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. 
16:45 - 17:15
Leaders' discussion -

will "new" technologies shake off the problems of the past and become part of the resource mix?
16:50 - 17:25
The future 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.

Join the discussion and explore what the industry could look like in the future - and what is needed to get there.
17:15 - 18:00
Networking session

"Meet" virtually with fellow attendees, and develop useful connections.
Time Information
08:00 - 08:45
Breakfast networking

08:50 - 08:55
Welcome and introduction

09:00 - 09:40
Keynote address: the route to net zero

09:40 - 10:15

Carbon capture and storage

Policy and funding for CCS development
Christian Holzleitner, Programme Director, EU Innovation Fund

10:15 - 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

Technical aspects, partnerships and funding – exploring the challenge of financing CCS in the EfW sector.