3rd - 4th JULY 2019 | NEC, BIRMINGHAM, UK | Register now
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Doors open – 09:00

Welcome and Overview of the UK AD Industry

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA

10:00 – 10:10

UNFCC Keynote

Global Climate Action and the Paris Agreement – the Role of Biogas

Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Global Climate Action, UNFCC

10:10 – 10:30

Launch of the World Biogas Association Report: The Global Potential of Biogas

David Newman, President of the World Biogas Association
Dr Sarika Jain, Lead Author

10:30 – 10:45

Game Changers – the Role of Biogas in a Rapidly Changing World

Brad Douville, President, Greenlane Biogas (Chair)
Michele Ziosi, Head of Institutional Relations Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, CNH Industrial
Oscar Baroncelli, Head of Global Product Marketing, Strategy and Digital, FPT Industrial
Des Godson, CEO, AsiaBiogas
Rafael Fernandez Martinez, Vice-Chair of the Distribution Committee, Eurogas
Andy Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle
Virginia Gardiner, Founder & MD, Loowatt

11:00 – 12:30

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Brad Douville, President, Greenlane Biogas (chair)

Michele Ziosi, Head of Institutional Relations Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, CNH Industrial and Oscar Baroncelli, Head of Global Product Marketing, Strategy and Digital, FPT Industrial; Policies and Powertrains: Delivering a Bright Future for Renewable Natural Gas

Des Godson, AsiaBiogas, Biogas: The Sustainable Energy Solution for Asia

Rafael Fernandez Martinez, Vice-Chair of the Distribution Committee, Eurogas, will outline the potential role of renewable natural gas in the decarbonisation of the grid in light of imminent new EU-wide legislation

Andrew Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability at Nestle UK, will discuss decarbonising food manufacturing on a global scale, and the opportunities for supporting the roll out of anaerobic digestion down the supply chain, including the myriad benefits that would deliver.

Virginia Gardiner, Founder & MD of Loowatt, will outline the need to provide sanitation services to the 4.5 billion people currently living in towns and cities where there is no sewer, and the opportunity for anaerobic digestion. A recent winner of Cleantech Innovate’s Gamechanger Prize, Loowatt has developed toilets for use where there is no sewer system, sending waste to AD. Currently active in Manilla and Madagascar, their solution could potentially end the one million deaths each year that are caused by fecal-borne illnesses while helping countries meet their Paris Agreement targets.

Starting from Scratch – How to Build a Biogas Industry  

Scott Gramm, Manager of Renewable Gas, FortisBC
Ivar Sørby, Ass CEO of Greve Biogass

12:45 – 13:30

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Scott GrammManager of Renewable Gas, FortisBC – the man recognised in British Columbia, Canada, for building a biogas industry in 10 years, on the challenges of developing supply and demand

Ivar Sørby, Ass CEO of Greve Biogass, on the making of the Magic Factory – a collaboration between farmers and municipalities in Norway, delivering green energy, natural fertilizer and food, and profits for all.

Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:00

IPCC: WG3 report into climate mitigation and land

Dr Joana Portugal-Pereira, Senior Scientist, IPCC Working Group III

14:00 – 14:30

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In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will approve the Special Report on Climate Change and Land. Dr Portugal-Pereira will discuss the scope of the report and highlight the importance of biomass/bioenergy in the portfolio of mitigation responses and potential synergies/trade-offs with other sustainable development dimensions.

Market Mechanisms to Stimulate the Growth of the Biogas Industry Globally

Helena Andersen, Founder & COO, Ikigai Capital (Chair)
Ole Hvelplund, CEO Nature Energy, Denmark
Des Godson, CEO AsiaBiogas
Brad Douville, President, Greenlane Biogas
Jean-Marc Leroy, Senior EVP for External Relations, Engie
Jean-Luc Ventura, Global Head,  Suez Ventures: “The Role of Venture Capital in the Rising Market of Biomethane”
Wouter Kuipers, Manager, ACT Commodities

15:00 – 16:30

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Growth of the anaerobic digestion industry to date has been largely dependent on government support in the form of grants or subsidies. If the industry is to achieve its potential, however, at a speed that will help keep the world below 1.5 degrees warming, it needs to get off subsidy.  This panel will look at the market mechanisms that might valorise the environmental services that biogas delivers to stimulate its growth exponentially.

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Doors open – 09:00

How can a Global Biogas Mark Drive Awareness and Growth of the Biogas Industry?

David Vann, Director, ABA (Chair)

10:00 – 11:00

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Brands have the power to shift consumer behaviour and educate the public. This panel discusses the potential for companies to adopt a global Biogas mark and the impact that a such a mark (think ‘Fairtrade’ or ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’) can have on raising public awareness of and participation in biogas. As part of the session, a proposed Biogas mark will also be unveiled.

Anaerobic Digestion in Ireland: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr Stephen Wise, Bioenergy Director, Energia (Chair)
Seán Finan, CEO, Irish BioEnergy Association

11:00 – 11:30

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The EU has given the Irish government the green light to give state aid to the biogas sector, ending several years of confusion. This presentation will set out the market potential for the industry in light of this new development.

Roundtable: Designing Bio Waste Collections, Learning Lessons from Around the World

Rebecca Thompson, Senior Policy Manager, ADBA (Chair)
Jonas Hed, Consultant with SWECO and Former Head of Waste Management, Stockholm
Victor Manuel Sarabia Herrero, Director for Cleaning and Wastes, Madrid
Dr Andy Rees OBE, Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government
Marco Mattiello, International Relations Manager/Project Manager, Contrarina
Luca Torresan, General Manager Sales and Marketing, Sartori Ambiente Group
Dr Richard Swannell, Development Director, WRAP

11:30 – 13:00

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Designing systems to optimise biowaste feedstock for anaerobic digestion is determined as much by outputs, such as what to do with the digestate, as it is by the practicalities of education, capture and delivery. This panel of experts addresses the six key considerations and share their experiences of meeting the challenges.

Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:30

Is Renewable Natural Gas for Transport the Future for Biomethane?

Mike Foster, CEO, Natural Gas Vehicle Network

13:30 – 15:00

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23m vehicles globally run on biomethane but its development as transport fuel is patchy despite being economically competitive and better for public health and the environment. This panel considers what needs to be done to harness the potential of biogas.

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