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Production of wood pellets and chips are increasing in the Baltics, and as demand in Europe increases, utilities are looking to this region for supply. Attend this Baltics Focus Day to delve into key topics including where new supply will come from, the impact on prices and how to overcome the main logistical challenges.

BALTICS FOCUS DAY: TUESDAY 17 APRIL 2018

08.00 Morning registration and coffee
09.30 Chairperson’s opening remarks
 

EXPLORING THE BALTICS AS A NEW GROWTH MARKET WITHIN THE GLOBAL BIOMASS INDUSTRY

09.40

Keynote presentations and Q&A:: Exploring new policies and standards to drive the biomass market

  • Exploring the benefits of biomass to stable energy prices and regional development
  • Creating new energy legislation and policies in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 
  • Meeting renewable energy targets by 2030 
  • What local government initiatives are available including investment support? 
  • What support programmes are helping to establish “bio-plants”?
Speakers:
Gustav Melin, Chief Executive Officer, SVEBIO (Swedish Bioenergy Association) 
Remigijus Lapinskas, President, World Bioenergy Association
10.20  Reviewing Lithuania’s renewable energy strategy
  • Assessing Lithuania’s role in creating a greener economy
  • Understanding the role of biomass within the renewable industry in Lithuania
  • Exploring the use of biomass in the district heating sector
  • Comparing natural gas and biomass pricing 
Vilma Gaubyte, Director, LITBIOMA
10.50 Speed networking
11.20 Morning refreshments and networking
 

ASSESSING RAW MATERIAL AVAILABILITY AND TRADING OPPORTUNITIES

11.40
Examining the availability and competitiveness of raw materials in the Baltics
  • What is the current availability of raw materials and fibres in Latvia?
  • Understanding different industries competing for fibre
  • Assessing the potential availability going forward
  • Exploring the pellet market: what are positives and negatives?
Raul Kirjanen, Chief Executive Officer, Graanul Invest
12.10 Networking lunch
13.40

LIVE POLLING:
Utilities and producer panel discussion: Exploring new trading opportunities across Europe

  • What are the current levels of pellet and chip production in the Baltics?
  • How much of the current and future volumes will be used domestically?
  • How much of the supply will go to Scandinavia and what are the current volumes for the rest of Europe? 
  • Where is the growing demand for Baltics wood chips and pellets in Europe?
  • What current trade flows are opening up between Russia and the Baltics?
  • What consumption is coming on stream in Russia and how will this impact supply to western Europe? 
Panellists:

Arnold Dale, Vice-President, Bio-Energy, Ekman & Co 
Morten Nielsen, Biomass Procurement Officer, Hofor 
Michael Christensen, Chief Operating Officer, CM Biomass 
Alexander Afanasyev, Managing Director, PelTrade 

 

IMPROVING EFFICIENCY OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

14.10 Project financing: Outlining the main challenges and opportunities  
  • Current status of a new greenfield premium pellet plant in Lithuania
  • Exploring opportunities and attracting external funding for a €55 million project 
  • Assessing the challenges of finding local investment funds 
  • De-risking investments for multi-faceted business including production, technology and raw material 
Justinas Milašauskas, Senior Vice President, DAO Family  

14.40 Afternoon coffee and networking
15.00


Focused roundtable discussions

Join a table of 10-15 attendees and explore solutions to your number one challenge. Led by an industry thought leader.

Roundtable 1: Biomass demand in Scandinavia: Exploring the Scandinavian biomass market and demand for wood pellets and wood chips

Led by: Tom Searle, Manager, Argus 

Roundtable 4: Exploring the Russian market: Trade between Russia and the Baltics

Led by: Alexander Afanasyev, Managing Director, PelTrade

16.00 Roundtable leader’s conclusions
16.30 Chairperson's closing remarks
16.40 Close of Baltics Focus Day
17.00 Ice-breaker drinks reception: shared with attendees of the Premium Pellets, Wood Chip Focus Days and Introductory Workshop

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If you would like to be considered as speaker or have a question about the agenda, please contact Bryony Senczyszyn:

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email icon  bryony.senczyszyn@argusmedia.com

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