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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

08.30 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 speech: Positioning the Baltics as the new frontier in pellet production

  • Exploring raw material availability and opportunities for growth in pellet production
  • Assessing the shift from pulp and paper: What’s the impact on the timber industry?
  • How new policies and strategies are driving consumption of biomass in the region 
  • Understanding the opportunities for exports and where these could go
  • Where do we see new domestic consumption of wood chips and wood pellets in the Baltics?
10.10


Keynote panel discussion: 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”?
10.40 Speed networking
11.00 Morning refreshments and networking
11.20


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 
11.50


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? 

12.20 Networking lunch
 

IMPROVING EFFICIENCY OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

13.50


Panel discussion: Managing logistics and improving transport options from the Baltics

  • Exploring the current infrastructure to support biomass exports from the Baltics
  • What storage is available and is there a need for more investments?
  • Where are new terminals being built to support infrastructure and trade?
  • Understanding plans to transport biomass in larger vessels 
  • How should pellets be delivered, including containers?
  • How economical is it to export from the Baltics? 

14.30


Case study: Sourcing biomass from the Baltics and improving the supply chain

  • Exploring the current advantages of sourcing from the Baltics
  • Increased consumption of biomass at plants and understanding demand
  • How to improve the efficiency of the supply chain – what operations are needed?
  • Understanding the infrastructure needed to improve the efficiency of the supply chain

15.00 Afternoon coffee and networking
15.30


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: The future of wood chip specifications: Harmonising specifications in the region
Roundtable 2: How to deal with project financing: Complying and meeting bank demands
Roundtable 3: Feedstock pricing: How are pricing levels impacting pellet producers?
Roundtable 4: Exploring the shipping landscape: Managing the lack of flexibility in supply chain 

16.30 Roundtable leader’s conclusions
16.40 Chairperson's closing remarks
16.50 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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